Self-isolating can quickly lead to cabin fever. The feeling of being cooped up is an unpleasant one, but there’s a simple solution that’s in line with isolation rules: garden maintenance. Use gardening as an escape and a way to feel active – after all, the lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t go outside.
It’s Time to Weed
Before you can do anything else in your garden, you have to address the pesky weeds which have cropped up while you’ve been focused on other areas of your life. Now’s the ideal time to deal with them. Pull them out by their roots. If they don’t come out, pour boiling water over them, and once they cool, try again.
You can also consider applying an herbicide, so they won’t come back. Instead of popping down to Bunnings, consider making your own eco-friendly herbicide by combining one cup of salt with one litre of white vinegar. You can make it even stronger with a squirt of liquid soup and a dash of citrus or clove oil. This creation can be sprayed onto the leaves of the weeds.
Prepare Your Soil
Once you’ve completed your weeding, you should focus on your soil. Without well-maintained soil, your plants will struggle to grow.
Start by testing your soil for its current acidity status. A garden bed’s ideal pH level is between 5.0 and 7.0, whilst a lawn should be between 6.0 and 7.0.
This will let you know whether your pH level needs increasing or decreasing. If it needed to be increased, you can apply lime. To decrease your soil pH level, apply sulphur.
The best way to achieve thick, lush plants is through fertiliser. Fertilisers provide a nutrient boost, which is ideal for hot, dry climates.
Something else to keep in mind is that it isn’t enough to fertilise just once – you should be fertilising twice to four times a year.
Add Some Mulch
The effects of good soil and fertiliser are further boosted with the addition of mulch. A top layer of mulch will not only make your garden look great, but it will help your soil retain moisture whilst encouraging the habitation of earthworms – little critters that’ll increase the amount of air and water in your soil.
Take care not to over-mulch, as this can cause shallow root growth. It’s best to spread mulch thinly – and remember, you can use yard waste during this process. Pine needles, leaves and lawn clippings are all great options.
Questions? Let Us Know
Gardening is a great way to stay stimulated and active whilst also staying safe in this time of uncertainty.
Waterwise Landscaping understands the importance of a beautiful and green design, which is why we specialise in providing outstanding Landscaping services throughout Perth. No matter what the size of the space, we can create a sustainable, environmentally friendly design for you. We are on hand to answer any questions you may have, so give us a call today to find out more.