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Summer in Perth is a tough time to garden - we know, because we live here and garden, too! Following recent discussion on our Facebook page, we have chosen the top 7 issues our customers face in summer - chances are they're some of the issues you're facing, so you might find a solution or two to try.
Good luck & happy (sizzling summer) gardening.
I have mulched most of our vegie garden with pea straw. It does a great job to help protect the soil surface and keep it moist, but it really seems to attract slaters, which have decimated many of my vegies (grrrrrr). There are a number of traps & tricks you can try if you're wanting to avoid using any pesticides in your garden. Cleaning up areas like piles of wood, prunings and pots will also remove areas where slaters like to populate and hide away. These creatures do have a role to play in gardens. They assist in the breakdown and recycling of organic matter, which in turn makes nutrients available to plants. The problems appear when they breed up to large numbers.
Whether it's spreading scale, or messing up your paving - ants can be a headache. Often they're a symptom of dry conditions - regularly watering the garden/s they're in may cause them to move on. Ants in compost or worm farms definitely mean it's too dry. Tipping a kettle of boiling water daily on nests in paving will certainly help. Organic control is limited to a few soft options - you can try our diatomaceous earth, or Eco-ant spray; which is a eucalyptus based formulation.
which has a heap of info on native and introduced ant species, and the details for taking & sending samples.
Boy, has this one comes up every summer in social media. Dead patches on your lawn are ultimately a sign of stress - that section of lawn is too hot & too dry to be thriving right now. Often compaction occurs, and there's less opportunity for water to easily work its way into the root zone.
- we recommend you use catch cups to test & compare how much water your lawn is receiving in different places (it may surprise you, and it's worth spending the time to check).