Real World Gardener Drought Proof Your Garden Part 1 in Design Elements

April 6th, 2014

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with landscape designer Louise McDaid

photo: Real World Gardener


Today starts a new series on dry gardening around Australia.

We’re not talking cactus and succulents specifically or gardening with only hardy native plants.

The idea behind this series is that summers are getting warmer so we need to look at how we garden, and what we can do to preserve our precious plants.

Let’s find out what this is all about.

It's important to know what type of soil you have.


Once you work that out, you can set about improving it (if it needs it) which will save you years of headache in the years to come.
soil+structure.jpgPoor sandy soils and waterlogged heavy clay soils are just two that need to be improved.

If you ignore this step, your plants will refuse to grow well, and you may end up spending too much money on fertilisers and pest control products to overcome soil deficiencies.


Plants that grow in the wrong conditions, tend to be stressed and easily succumb to pest and disease.

If you’re looking at a large garden and thinking, how am I going to achieve that better soil profile?

Don’t think of doing the whole garden at once. Start working on a small corner by giving it the right amount of mulch and compost.

Then gradually work your way around the garden over several months. Look it may even take a couple of years, but at least you’ve started.

If you have any questions about this week’s any trees on your property, send it our email address, or  you can write in for a fact sheet.


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