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December Gardening Tips

19 December 2013

Our grounds team have a great deal of experience providing grounds maintenance and landscaping services. We share their December gardening tips here.

by Jeremy Mather

December Gardening Tips

*CC Image courtesy of USFS Region 5 on Flickr

We have now arrived in summer leaving a cool and wet spring behind us. Although, there hasn’t been many hot days you may find your lawn at home has some sections that are starting to change to a more pale green as those species start to seed or die off. You may also notice that the kikuyu and couch grasses are starting to get greener and grow quite quickly now.

December Gardening Tips:

  • It is time to get things ready for summer. Limit planting except where you can ensure a good supply of water and you can also use some water saving techniques. If you are planting consider using water retention crystals in the planting hole.
  • Always water in new plants deeply to remove air pockets and reduce transplant shock. Try using a seaweed tonic mixed into your water at this stage. Existing plants should be watered in the cool of the evening to allow maximum time for the water to soak in.
  • Ensure your gardens and pots are mulched well. Pebbles are good for pots as they also give some weight to the container making it less likely to blow over. Choose paler stones which will reflect heat.
  •  Consider shading more tender plants and moving pots to cooler and shady areas on extreme heat days. There are pot stands with wheels that can make moving items easier, or perhaps use a trolley.
  • Get ready for Christmas with family and friends.

 

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