Check the actual plants and see if it’s worth removing some and replacing them with heat-hardy varieties.
Don’t forget, though, that every plant needs to be given supplementary water in its first few weeks. It’s important for this water to be applied at the base of the plant, so that it gets into the existing root system.
Here are some drought-hardy plant suggestions:
1. Mediterranean plants- like lavender have evolved to handle dry conditions. Many lavender varieties are available, with a range of flower colours in shades of mauve, lilac, pink and white. Lavenders prefer drier conditions and respond well to regular, light pruning. If soil is acidic (areas where azaleas grow well) sprinkle some Yates Garden Lime or Dolomite around the base every couple of years.
2. Natives- that are classed as low water users add beautiful touches to the garden. Correas are good examples. There are many different correas, but one of the best is the hybrid with pink tubular blooms called ‘Dusky Bells’. Correa alba has white, bell-shaped flowers and is tough and drought tolerant once established. While correas require little care, they appreciate being cut back after flowering and the occasional feed with a native plant food like Yates Acticote. Most correas do well as understorey plants in dappled shade.
3. Native shrubs- such as grevilleas, bottlebrush and banksias can survive with little supplementary watering.
4. Structural plants- – those that are grown for their shape and the dramatic effect of their leaves rather than their flowers – require minimal extra watering. Lomandras, cycads, yuccas and bird of paradise are some suggestions.
5. Succulents-, which have evolved to store water, are renowned for their drought hardiness, and there’s a wide range available these days. They don’t all look like cacti – even the gloriously perfumed, warm climate frangipanis are classed as succulents.
In Tropical / Subtropical Climates
Lawn grubs can rapidly destroy an entire lawn. Armyworm caterpillars can ruin large patches of lawn in late summer by stripping grass foliage. Protect the lawn and control curl grubs and armyworm by treating with Yates Complete Lawn Insect Control
Fertilise to replace nutrients washed away by heavy rains.
Scale insects are breeding on ornamentals at this time of year. Scrub off with a brush and soapy water or spray with long-lasting, low-toxic Confidor.
In Temperate Climates
Pots may need daily watering. Check regularly with a ‘fingertip’ test.
Pick zucchinis when they’re small. Ignore and they will turn in to giant marrows!
Watch for citrus bugs (stink bugs) and white fly attacking shoots and leaves. Hand remove where possible or spray with PestOil