Top summer gardening tips

As summer begins to hit its peak, it’s time to give your garden some extra love with our top summer gardening tips. We explore some essential summer gardening tips to help you make the most of the season and create a vibrant and flourishing outdoor space.

1. Watering wisely

One of the most critical aspects of summer gardening is proper watering. Melbourne’s summer can be hot and dry, so keeping your plants hydrated is crucial. Water deeply early in the morning or late afternoon to minimise evaporation. Be mindful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Consider installing a drip irrigation system to ensure consistent and efficient watering.

2. Mulch, mulch, mulch!

Mulching is a garden superhero during the summer months. Apply a layer of mulch around your plants to conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Organic mulches, such as straw or bark, are excellent choices. Mulching helps retain moisture and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.

Hawthorn Star by Ian Barker Gardens

3. Regular pruning and deadheading

Keep your garden looking neat and encourage continuous blooming by regularly pruning and deadheading spent flowers. This not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also directs the plant’s energy towards new growth. Trim back overgrown branches to improve air circulation and reduce the risk of pests and diseases.

4. Sun protection for delicate plants

Some plants are more sensitive to the harsh Australian sun. Provide shade or use shade cloth to protect delicate plants during the hottest parts of the day. Container plants can be moved to a shadier spot if necessary. This extra care will prevent sunburn and heat stress.

5. Soil enrichment

Healthy soil is the foundation of a thriving garden. Enrich your soil with organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure to improve water retention and nutrient levels. Regularly check the soil’s moisture levels and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Fresh compost in our Kew Sanctuary garden

6. Pest management

Summer is a prime time for pests to proliferate. Keep a watchful eye on your garden for signs of unwanted visitors. Use natural remedies or eco-friendly insecticides to control pests while minimising harm to beneficial insects. Consider companion planting to deter pests and attract beneficial insects naturally.

7. Harvest and enjoy produce from your garden!

If you have a vegetable or fruit garden, summer is the time to reap the rewards. Harvest ripe produce promptly to encourage the continuous production of fruits and vegetables.

Camberwell Meadow by Ian Barker Gardens

By following these essential summer gardening tips, you can create a resilient and beautiful garden that thrives throughout the summer months. If you’re looking for an expert to take care of your garden maintenance (and live in the surrounding suburbs of Canterbury, Victoria), contact the team at Ian Barker Gardens.

We understand that today’s busy lifestyle means that you have less time to maintain your home and garden. We also recognise that your garden represents a valuable monetary and personal investment that deserves expert attention and care. From the smallest light well or courtyard through to the grandest property, we are passionate about gardens of all shapes, sizes, styles and maturity.

In trusting Ian Barker Gardens with your maintenance, you can be assured that your investment is being nurtured, protected and cared for by the right people. You can learn more about our garden maintenance services here.