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Why you should take care of your garden during summer

Fri November 24, 2017

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Summer officially arrives in December, and for Sydney-dwellers that means barbecues, beach trips and beautiful weather. However, with the change in season comes higher temperatures. This may be great news for you, but it can mean tough times ahead for your garden, with wilting greenery an all-too-common sight during December, January and February.

If you're not careful, parts of your garden could die completely, leaving one of the nicest areas of your home looking far from its best. This can be a real pain if you're looking to sell the property, so it's crucial to provide your garden with the love and care it needs to not just survive in summer, but thrive! 

If you don't take care of your garden now, it could take far longer than you think to repair the damage.

Why your garden matters

Even if you're not thinking of selling over the next few months, it could take far longer than you think to repair the damage if you don't take care of your garden now. This is a problem, particularly if your garden is located at the front of your home. 'Curb appeal' is one of the most important elements of creating the right first impression to potential buyers. Whenever you do decide to sell, you'll be very grateful you put in a bit of extra effort over summer. 

Still need convincing? Well, consider these statistics from Domain. Even one leafy tree can increase your home's value by over $15,000, and for every dollar you spend on landscaping, you can expect a return of 109 per cent when you sell. That's a better return than any other form of home improvement, and the relationship between sale price and greenery works both ways. If you present buyers with a poorly maintained garden that doesn't look healthy, you may find it far more difficult to secure the right price.

The challenge then, is how to keep your garden in top condition when temperatures climb. Fortunately, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to keep your home lovely and green. Here are a few of the best. 

Taking good care of your soil with a watering agent and fertiliser is essential in summer. Taking good care of your soil with a wetting agent and fertiliser is essential in summer.

1. Prioritise water management

One of the biggest challenges in the dry, hot Sydney summer is giving your garden enough water. Even if you're lucky enough to get plenty of showers over the season, managing the amount of water your plants receive is perhaps the best way to ensure they continue looking their best all summer long. Of course, you'll also need to make sure you stay on top of the Sydney Water Wise Rules, and two tools that can help are wetting agents and organic mulch.

A wetting agent will make sure that soil absorbs water evenly, while mulch and other fertilisers boost nutrients. Both products can be found in your local garden centre, and will help you water your garden in a smarter, more water-efficient way, so pick them up now before the summer rush. 

Celebrate the season by planting sweet potato or corn, and enjoy your haul when it comes time for Christmas lunch.

2. Plant the right plants

Planning your garden for Australian conditions is another great way to keep it beautiful without having to spend hours and hours in the dirt. For example, certain types of grasses such as Zoysia and Queensland Blue Couch are known for their hardiness, and require far less maintenance than others. There are also some plants that absolutely love the summer weather, and best of all, lots of them are vegetables! Why not celebrate the season by planting eggplants, lettuce or corn, and enjoy your haul when it comes time for Christmas lunch. 

3. Take care of yourself

Finally, plants are not the only things that can suffer in the heat. When you're working in the garden, make sure to cover up with protective layers, a hat and plenty of sunscreen. It's also a good idea to get your gardening done outside the hottest part of the day, rather than overheating when the sun is at its highest. 

If you take care of your plants, they'll do the same for you when you host open homes. For more information on getting the very best price for your property, contact Laing+Simmons today

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