Prepare your lawns for summer:
Get started on the weeding of your lawns before summer hits, and fertilise and treat your lawn to prevent weeds taking over in summer. When you mow your lawns, keep the grass longer and lush – cutting your grass too short or “scalping” will expose the grass roots and allow weeds to take over your lawns.
Mulch your gardens:
Adding mulch to your garden will help to retain water in the warmer months, and is also a great way to discourage weeds growing in your garden beds. Mulch is also a great way to add colour to your garden beds!
Check your garden for pests:
While pests will be in your garden all year round, many of them prefer the warmer months. Check your gardens for damaging pests such as aphids, grasshoppers, mealybugs, scale insects, psyllids, and army worms/lawn grubs. While most pesticides will help to keep these pests under control, there are various organic options available that will help control and eliminate these pests. Consider planting flowers like marigolds and daisies, or herbs like rosemary, dill, and coriander to attract good insects to eliminate nasty pests.
September is a great time to start planting seeds and cuttings. Visit your local nurseries and look for flowering perennials and annuals to add some colour to your gardens over spring. Also consider a veggie garden, as late spring is the best time to start growing your own organic vegetables and herbs! New plantings need a bit of protection while getting established, so keep your seedlings sheltered from the wind and cover with 50% shade cloth.
Be strategic with watering:
Water early in the day to avoid mildew growing on your plant. Check the soil before watering to see if watering is really necessary and avoid overwatering or rootrot. For potted plants, water trays are breeding havens for mosquitoes. Add sand to your tray to keep moisture in your pot and prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Potted plants are vulnerable to overheating, so add mulch to your plants and keep them out of the afternoon sun.