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How to Look After Your Garden During the Holidays

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How to Look After Your Garden During the Holidays

The schools have closed and the great migration has begun to our country’s lovely beaches and holiday spots.  One thing that can ruin a relaxing holiday is worrying whether your treasured plants that you have lovingly cared for throughout the year will survive your absence.  However don’t worry, just follow our guide below and you will be coming back to a healthy and happy garden just as refreshed as you are.
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Watering

  • Ensure that all leaking taps and fittings are fixed up.
  • Switch off your geyser when going away for long periods.
  • Remember to mulch around your plants.
  • Think of putting a pool cover over your swimming pool to reduce evaporation. Also, connect a pipe from your down pipe to the swimming pool to help fill up when it rains.
  • If someone is coming in to water your garden, try and encourage them to water less regularly, but a more thorough watering at a time. It is also a good idea to ask them to rather water early in the morning if possible.

Indoor and Pot Plants

  • Use a wick watering system for your pot plants.  All you need is a rectangular piece of felt. Put one end in a basin of water and the rest of the length on a flat surface. The plants will actually soak up the water through the felt like a wick.
  • Feed your plants before you leave using an organic fertilizer.
  • Place a tray filled with pebbles and water  under your orchids and tropical plants. As the water evaporates, it will increase the humidity around your tropical plants that will need it in this heat.

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Remember to prune back your shrubs

Outdoors

  • Spray your roses with general rose spray like Rose protector before going on holiday to ensure you that don’t end up coming back home to sickly roses.
  • Feed your roses with an organic fertilizer and remember to mulch.
  • Prune back flowering perennials such as Lavender and Guara’s. On your arrival back home you will be greeted with masses of blooms.
  • Wait to plant your seedlings until after you get back so that they can receive the care they need.
  • Cut back any leafy vegetables to prevent bolting and promote tasty fresh new leaves for when you come back.
  • Again remember to mulch.
  • Feed your lawn with an organic fertilizer before leaving.
  • If you have someone coming to mow your lawn ask them if they can leave a small layer of clippings on top of the lawn to act as a mulch and conserve water.

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Pets and Animals

  • If you are leaving your pets at home and you have somebody taking care of them ensure that they know the importance of fresh water, feeding at their scheduled times as well as fitting in some playtime every now and then.
  • Ensure that the responsible person has all your pets’ veterinary details and documents.
  • Fill up your bird feeders for our feathered friends.


A great idea when travelling is to take photos of all the beautiful and unusual plants that you encounter on your journey, and bring those memories back home. As they say: “Take only pictures, leave only footprints”…

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