© Michael Wee / bauersyndication.com.auEnjoying the rays of sunshine surrounded by a lush, thriving garden is one of life's greatest joys. Horticulturist Adam Woodhams shares which summer gardening tips are worth listening to and the ones you can forget about, stat!
Soaking up the sun outdoors during summer is one of the life's greatest pleasures. Enjoying the rays of sunshine surrounded by a lush, thriving garden can only enhance the experience.
Summer, however, when plants are under the greatest threat of losing moisture, is when things can start to look a little scraggly and scorched.
It's safe to say there's a lot to think about in the garden during summer, so that's why it's important to know which gardening tips are worth following and which ones should be totally ignored.
Horticulturist and Victa ambassador Adam Woodhams helps debunk some of the most common gardening myths to deliver you the best no-nonsense summer gardening advice.
MYTH #1: ONLY WATER PLANTS IN THE EVENING
While hotly debated, this tidbit of gardening wisdom is little more than a work of fiction.
"Watering after a hot day often leads to excessive evaporation, so water is lost, and this in turn raises humidity around the plants or lawn overnight increasing the risk of fungal problems and rot," says Adam.
He recommends watering your garden in the morning to reduce water loss and to re-hydrate them for the day ahead. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdThe best time to water your garden is early in the morning.
MYTH #2: ALL FERTILISERS ARE THE SAME
Believing that all fertilisers are made equal is where novice gardeners often stumble. According to Adam, there are two main types of fertilisers: those blended for a quick-fix, and those with controlled-release properties.
"Quality controlled-release fertiliser will often only need to be applied once a year, and will release the right balance of nutrients when your plants need them," he says.
MYTH #3: PLANTS CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH SUN
It may seem like a good idea to give your greenery as much sunlight as possible but it could actually end up doing more harm than good.
"When you're planting something new," Adam says, "always look at its requirements on the label and match them as best you can."
If your garden lacks shade, try planting some summer ready sun loving plants. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdWhile most plants love sunlight, sometimes it can do more harm than good.
MYTH #4: DON'T MULCH IN SUMMER
"It's never too late to mulch," says Adam. In fact, mulching is one of the best ways you can protect your plants from water loss and heat damage.
"Mulching keeps plant roots insulated and helps them stay hydrated for longer," he says.
Not only that, but mulching increases your garden's sustainability by cutting your water use in half. "Natural water from rainfall will have a much better chance of making it into the soil, rather than becoming run-off," he says. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdMulching improves soil quality and prevents weed growth.
MYTH #5: WATER DROPLETS WILL BURN LEAVES
This idea is so ingrained in gardening knowledge many haven't stopped to consider whether it's actually physically possible for water to magnify the sun's rays and damage plant leaves. Turns out, it's not!
"Most plants, grass included, have foliage that is quite capable of tolerating droplets as the water will likely evaporate or run-off before the sunlight reaches an intensity where damage may occur."
If you're still concerned, "water the soil around the plant base, not the plants themselves," says Adam. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdA few stray water droplets won't stop your garden from looking lush and green.