How to prepare your holiday garden | November 2018 | Stodels Nursery

Garden survival guide: How to prepare your holiday garden

22nd October 2018

The holiday season is upon us and while you are excitedly planning your vacation, don’t forget to add garden maintenance to the checklist. Use these 9 simple gardening tips to prepare your holiday garden before you leave and you’ll be rewarded with a happy garden on you return:

1. Mow the lawn. It’s best to do this the day before you leave, then give it a good soaking. Upon your return, you may have to mow it in stages, initially just cutting off the top growth, and gradually lowering the mower blades until the desired height is achieved.

2. Add a 5cm layer of mulch. Adding mulch will keep the soil moist and prevent weeds from growing too fast. Ensure the soil is damp before applying.

3. Deadhead your flowering plants. This will encourage new growth while you’re away, instead of returning to fallen petals.

4. Place outdoor container plants in the shade. Doing this will reduce their need for water. Create small reservoirs by placing saucers or trays underneath your pots to catch any excess water.

5. Remove houseplants from sunny windowsills. Place them on a damp towel in your sink or bath to keep them moist and away from direct light while you’re away.

6. But place succulent plants or cacti in the window. Keep one or two drought-tolerant plants, such as cacti or succulents, on your front windowsill to prevent your home from looking deserted.

7. Keep large indoor plants moist. Fill a 2-litre cool drink bottle with water, close it, then pierce a small hole in the lid and place it neck-down into the soil. This will provide a slow and steady supply of water to your pot plants while you’re away.

8. Pick herbs. Chop them finely and freeze them in ice cubes for use later in the year. This method preserves the flavour of the herbs far better than drying them.

9. Lock away gardening tools and decorations. Make sure all your gardening tools and ornaments are clean and safely stored away in case of strong weather or theft.