Vacation-Proof Your Garden

For many gardeners the thought of a summer vacation is both a delight and a source of great anxiety. Here are some garden tips that will let you “vacation proof” your garden.

  • Make sure to deeply water your lawn on the evening before your departure. The soil should be moist to a minimum depth of 7.5 cm or 3 inches.
  • Wait a couple of hours until your lawn has thoroughly dried, and then mow the grass to a slightly shorter length than usual.
  • Make sure not to cut the lawn too short, or you will burn your grass. Generally speaking, never remove more than 1/3 of the grass’ length in a mowing.
  • On the day of your departure, give your lawn a second deep watering, once again, to a depth of 7.5 cm – 10 cm or 3 to 4 inches.

You should also arrange with a neighbour to water your lawn in case of a heat wave or severely dry period. Of course, you can’t predict what Mother Nature will bring, but assuming that there are brief dry periods, these precautions will insure a healthy and green lawn for up to 2 weeks.

I’ll have some ideas on how to vacation-proof flower and vegetable beds, next time.

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