The wet season is coming to an end, which means...
Now is the best time to fertilise (if you haven't in the last 3 months) and mulch your gardens to help them get through the upcoming dry season. The fertiliser will also help any fruiting or flowering plants bloom and fruit for you. These plants need extra nutrients to promote flowers and/or fruit. Fertilise with an organic based fertiliser for pre-existing plants; this should last you approximately 4 months if mulched and can be used on most plant species.
Mulching will help your plants retain the extra water they will need through the drier periods. The thicker you lay your mulch (on average 2-3 inches) the better water holding you will have which means less watering for you! Be sure to check any irrigation for leaks before mulching, this way any leaks or breakages are repaired before being covered. Mulch with a good quality hay or for a longer lasting alternative; use a good quality wood chip.
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