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Take a few hours to destress your garden this summer. A little weeding, some fertiliser and a new bed of mulch go a long way toward relaxing the greenery and allowing it to flourish. In five easy steps, you can ensure your garden is well-cared-for.


1Weed your garden and lawn

The first thing you’ll want to do is give your garden and lawn a tidy-up and remove any weeds. (This will reduce stress on your plants.) A weed-killing spray is an efficient way to tackle large problems, but you may need to weed by hand where spraying isn’t possible.

Tip: Always wear appropriate safety equipment (gloves and masks) when using products like sprays and mulches, and always follow the product’s instructions.

trimming hedge with hedgetrimmer

2Add nutrients

Just like us, plants need food. Fertiliser will encourage growth and rectify nutrient deficiencies. Apply fertiliser on each plant bed and across your lawn prior to mulching, as this will help lock in nutrients.

Tip: Using a seaweed solution helps plants cope with stress. Use it every two weeks for optimal results.

watering  garden with watering can

3Lay down a bed of mulch

It’s now time to lay down your mulch. Mulch keeps the soil cool and moist, also inhibits weed growth and adds nutrients as it breaks down. The mulch will need to be approximately 10cm thick, but keep in mind some plants don’t like mulch placed directly around their base. If you’re unsure, leave a small ring of clear space around the base of each plant.
adding mulch to garden bed

4Mow your lawn (but not too close)

To help your lawn grow green and lush this summer, avoid cutting it too short. Longer blades provide shade to the grass root, reducing stress and water loss. Encourage growth by adding lawn fertiliser or seaweed mix.

5Water regularly

As temperatures rise, it’s recommended to water your plants and lawn in the morning or late at night, giving your garden ample time to soak in the water before the day heats up. A general rule is to water the soil and not the leaves to prevent any fungus growing on your plants.

Installing an automatic watering system saves you time, is water efficient and it’s a great way to stay on top of your watering schedule. If your plants or lawn are struggling to take in moisture, using a wetting agent can help the soil absorb water.

Water the garden

6Pride and joy

Now that you’ve given your lawn and garden a little TLC, sit back and admire your handiwork.

Explore our range of fertilisers and mulches to help your garden thrive.

garden bed with fresh mulch and plants, timber fence in back ground

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.