Thursday, 27 August 2020

Top Tips for Plant Hydration and Maintenance!

With warm weather settling in and plants sprouting new growth, Spring is the time to revitalise your garden 

Today Alyce Rigby, Nylex Product Manager shares her top tips for ensuring your outdoor area is hydrated and well maintained without wasting water this season.

Water for longer, but less often 
Instead of watering plants a little every day, it is more effective to give them a good soak less often, but ensure that soil is saturated and not flooded. To keep your garden hydrated, use the Nylex Flextreme 20m x 12mm Garden Hose (RRP $46.90). It is lightweight and offers unparalleled flexibility, so it can be easily manoeuvred around trees and obstacles. The Flexible Hybrid Polymer inner tube material is lead and BPA free, so it’s safe to water herbs and vegetable patches.

Use Self-Watering Planters
With one in ten Australians living in apartments, self-watering planters have become increasingly popular as they suit limited growing spaces. They encourage healthy root growth and lessen weed problems while giving more control over moisture, sunlight and temperature. The new Nylex Modular Raised Garden Kit (RRP $149), which has a modular design, making it ideal for balcony gardens and renters. Its flexible design allows multiple configuration settings, plus a drip watering system and two-hour mechanical tap timer to ensure no water is wasted.
The kit includes three planters and two legs, making it the perfect size to hold a variety of plants and flowers. Without a permanent fixture, this means users can adjust the kit to their preference and adapt it within a small living space. The kit is UV resistant, meaning it can handle the harsh Australian sun.

Know your soil
It’s important to know the different types of soil and how to maintain them to allow optimum growth for your plants and minimise water use. Soil can develop a hard crust if it becomes too dry, so water will run off the surface. Push a broom handle a few centimetres into the soil to create reservoirs around the plants prior to watering to ensure you reach the roots. If your garden contains a lot of clay, water will filter through slowly, so a deep soak is only needed once a week.

For sandier ground, soak it twice a week. To make watering simple, use the Nylex Oscillating Sprinkler Plus (RRP $32.90). It is an extremely versatile sprinkler with its adjustable flow, length and width so it can suit your watering needs no matter the area you need to water.
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Timing is everything
The optimal time to water plants is early in the morning at the root zone. Wet foliage particularly overnight, can encourage fungal disease and attract insects. Conversely, the middle of the day is the hottest time and water will evaporate before it reaches the root, reducing moisture for plants. An easy way to avoid overwatering is using the Nylex Electronic Tap Timer (RRP $85).
The timer has 16 pre-set programs, one of which is an easy to use AM/PM program that automatically waters at sunrise and sunset – the best time to water!

For more information, on plant hydration and maintenance products and tips, visit www.nylex.com.au.

Till next time... get your garden spring ready!

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