Chelsea van Rijn from Trevallan Lifestyle Centre is holding a garden competition.
Chelsea van Rijn from Trevallan Lifestyle Centre is holding a garden competition. Sarah Harvey

Rain gives growers a headache

WHILE recent summer storms have left their mark after battering the Ipswich district, a local gardening expert said there were steps people could take to protect their gardens in wet weather.

Chelsea van Rijn, who operates the Trevallan Lifestyle Centre at Brassall, said tips included removing saucers from the bottom of pot plants to ensure they did not become waterlogged, or moving them to an area where they did not get as much rain.

Other strategies include deadheading flowers and removing dead leaves, because if they rotted they were more likely to encourage disease during damp conditions.

For plants left with broken branches and other damage after storms, she suggested cutting them right back, which in turn encouraged beautiful new growth.

She said slacking off on the lawn mowing was also not an option, with shorter grass allowing you to better stop weeds setting in.

Mrs van Rijn also encouraged people to liberally mulch their gardens between showers, with mulch helping to slow the rate of water entering the soil.

“It is great to wet down the mulch before and after you put it on the garden,” she said.

“Effectively the rain is doing your job for you.”

But don’t forget you still need to check your plants, because they can dry out quickly in the hot weather.

Garden Contest

IPSWICH green thumbs can now be rewarded for their hard work, with a newly launched Ipswich garden competition

There are more than $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs

Entrants are required to send six photos and a story on what their garden means to them (up to 200 words)

A panel of judges will choose six finalists and the public will choose the winner

Entries can be posted to TLC Garden Competition, 77 Fernvale Road, Brassall, 4305 or emailed to trevallan@y7mail.com until January 31



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