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.
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.
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.
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.
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.