· Mulching – applying mulch around flower and shrub beds helps unify the garden, fills in bare spots and also is a great water saving strategy during the hottest months. An additional bonus is when organic mulches are used (such as bark chips), as they break down they add valuable organic matter to the soil.
· Quick lawn green up – Yates Lawn Master® Rapid Greening Lawn Foodis a convenient hose-on lawn fertiliser that’s high in nitrogen and iron for rapid greening, plus added potassium to encourage strong healthy grass. It’s fast acting and will promote a lush green lawn in just a few days.
· Watering – give your garden some thorough, deep waterings in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This moistens the soil down into the root zone, encourages plant roots to grow deeper and helps freshen up the garden.
· Mowing – don’t be tempted to give your lawn a harsh low mowing just before Christmas. This can scalp the lawn and create bare patches, which are unattractive and will invite in weeds. It’s better to mow little and often, removing no more than a third of the grass foliage each time.
· Add pops of colour – a simple way to bring festive pizzazz into outdoor entertaining areas is to plant up a few pots with floral colour. Red and white flowering petunias look very Christmasey, geraniums add vibrant splashes of flowers and hanging baskets of pretty cascading calibrachoas add a lovely vertical dimension to a patio, veranda or deck.