Deep Watering is Most Effective
If you’re only heading away for a week or so, perhaps a deep watering the day before you leave is all it needs. Remember, when you’re home you can see when your plants are struggling and are need of a drink, but you can never be sure what kind of weather they will be subjected to while you’re away. It is best to plan for the worst!
Sharing is Caring
Line up a few of your friends or neighbours to help out while you’re away. If you are planning to be away from home for over a week, have someone come in and mow your lawn to prevent scalping on your return. Lineup another mate to drop by and water on the Monday and a different one on the Friday… Christmas is a time of giving after all! As a little bonus, allow your helpers to harvest some fresh produce from the veggie patch in lieu of payment. Let them know what produce should be ripe for the picking while you are away.
This is also great for some added security. It is always great to have a few sets of eyes on your property. They may also bring your bins in and collect your mail all the while making your house look occupied and safe.
Keep the Pests at Bay
If you are keeping a vegetable patch or fruit tree, you might consider covering your crop to protect it from the four legged critters like the neighbourhood cats, scrub turkeys and possums. Just some simple netting and star pickets should do the trick, just make sure the are secured well.
So now with the Christmas break in sight and plenty of shopping, eating, drinking and being merry to be had, you can forget about your garden and relax with family and friends this summer break.
Happy Christmas from the CLS Team!