Garden maintenance is never a case of one size fits all, and each Melbourne garden has unique requirements. Summer can be a particularly challenging time for a Melbourne garden as it can experience drought or get hit with heavy summer rains.
As with most things, preparation is critical, and there are some guidelines you can follow to encourage healthy growth patterns, vibrant colours, and lush greens all year round. Alternatively, you can contact our gardeners Melbourne to take care of your garden during the summer.
Planting can still take place in an early summer garden, provided it’s not too hot yet. Try to get your planting done in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler. Have all your planting done by the end of December as anything above 30 degrees is too hot and will damage the seedlings.
Autumn flowering bulbs are great for planting in early summer in Melbourne. They can bring a burst of colour to your garden as the summer flowers start to fade. Consider sternbergia, belladonna lilies, autumn crocus, petunia, French marigold, and bedding begonia. For the veggie patch, prepare your winter nutrients by getting some zucchini, pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, and cabbage into the ground.
Your Melbourne garden needs feeding all year round and even during the abundant summer months. There is a wide variety of fertilizers on the market, from liquid fertilisers to annual slow-release formulas. Each one has different benefits, and certain ones may be more suited to your garden, depending on your set-up.
Miracle-Gro MaxFeed Tomato, Fruit & Vegetables Plant Food can work wonders on your veggie patch. A dose every two to three weeks helps avoid blossom-end rot on tomatoes and capsicums. Giving your lawn treatment of lawn-building and -wetting agent in early December can protect it during the dry summer months and keep it looking lush.
If it’s early summer, it’s time to get the pruning shears out. This time of year is ideal for cutting your evergreen trees and shrubs right back. The mellow summer temperatures won’t damage the freshly cut ends like a harsh winter frost. Cutting your shrubs back in your garden can tidy them up and encourage bushy, healthy growth rather than thinning, straggly ends.
Outside of your evergreens, remember to dead-head your flowers regularly to encourage healthy growth. And cut back garden hedges gradually and frequently.
While mowing the lawn regularly throughout summer is crucial to maintaining a healthy patch of grass, try not to cut it too short. Longer grass retains moisture better and helps to keep your lawn from drying out. As an extra layer, leave the clippings on the grass after mowing to provide a protective layer from the harsh sun. If local water supply allows, try to soak your lawn at least once a week throughout the summer to maintain moisture levels in the root.
Pests can be a concern at any time of year, but they generally peak in the warm summer months in Melbourne. There’s nothing a caterpillar likes better than taking a few bites out of your crunchy and refreshing summer veggies. Insecticides can help protect your edibles against caterpillars, aphids, whitefly, and other soft-bodied pests. However, some pesticides can do damage to other flowering plants. Similarly, insecticides designed for flowering plants are NOT for use on edible crops. Always read the label and seek professional advice when unsure.