If you're going on holiday this summer, here are some ideas of what you can do to keep your garden thriving even if you are not there to keep up the watering.
Hanging Baskets and Container Gardens
Hanging baskets and container gardens can be the most difficult to keep alive if you are away, but there are some things you can do to help.
Planters and hanging baskets dry out quickly when hot and need watering daily.
An ideal situation would be to ask a neighbour or friend to come over to water, offering them whatever veggies and fruits that ripen while they are helping you out or even pay a young neighbour to come over once a day - that doesn't always work out though. The next best thing is to gather your hanging baskets and planters in a shady spot away from the house - if it rains, they will get the rainwater or put a gravel-filled drip tray underneath the pots to bottom water the plants. For Planters that are too big to be moved, protect them from the sun and invest in some terracotta or plastic water spikes or glass globes that can self-water the planters.
Flowerbeds and Vegetable Gardens
These are a little easier to keep alive when you are on holiday because they can absorb any rainfall better, and the roots can reach further into the ground for water.
While watering your garden before you leave, focus on soaking while directing the water to the base of the plant, not the foliage weed cloth and mulch in your gardens can help keep the moisture in the soil too.
Plus it is a great weed barrier.
Your lawn is probably the easiest to look after as grass is much hardier than most flowers and plants and can bounce back better after being dry for quite some time.
Do not cut your lawn extremely short before you leave or fertilize until you return.
An automatic sprinkler system is a home improvement project worth considering, especially if you travel for long periods or have trouble sticking to a regular watering schedule.
It helps maintain a beautiful, healthy lawn and garden most conveniently and efficiently by ensuring your landscape gets the water it needs without over-or under-watering.
When properly installed and maintained, an automatic sprinkler system helps conserve water with automated features that can decide when it has rained too much or too little and then adjusts the amount of water your lawn gets.
Your houseplants are also a little easier to look after in your absence f you are leaving for a week water before you go, they should be fine.
Move them away from sunny windows to ensure they won't dry out.
For certain plants that need more water, place a tray of water or a wet towel underneath them to water through their roots.
The Watering Globes mentioned earlier can also be used indoors.
If you live in an apartment or condo and have plants on your balcony, you can either move the plants into the shade or bring them inside.
Hanging a curtain or sheet can help protect larger plants from the sun and wind if you can't move them.
Water them well before you go and follow the above suggestions.