Check reticulation is working and not obstructed with dirt or ants.
Mulch: 60-75mm depth is best. Ensure soil is moist before mulching and mulch with a mixture of chunky & fine bits. Use recycled prunings, shredded pinebark or coco-peat.
Plant mangoes (shade them for their 1st 2 summers) bananas, pawpaw now.
Feed gardenias a weak cup of cold black tea every 2-3 weeks till March as a pesticide, acidifier and fertiliser. Alternate this with natural liquid fertiliser.
Keep liquid feeding vegies every 2-3 weeks. Eco Growth’s Ecofish and EcoVital are both excellent, even better use home made worm/compost tea.
Raise height on mower blades for buffalo lawns to avoid scalping in the heat.
Give passionfruit and roses slow release fertiliser and a seaweed drink.
Reminder - shade new plantings with shade cloth, nylon curtains or umbrellas in the very hot weather to protect from heat stress until established.
Again, check reticulation is working.
Go for a swim.
Check for red spider mite & mealy bug on shade plants & roses. Use EcoNeem or DE.
Feed mangoes, bananas and potted citrus with liquid fertiliser. Do monthly until March.
Tie down climbing roses horizontally to encourage more lateral growth and flowers. Use velcro, pantyhose or Ezy Ties to avoid ring barking. Check under ties for pests.
Remove agapanthus flowers and any other potentially invasive perennials immediately before they fade to prevent seeding.
Check citrus for scale, use Eco oil. Again, avoid spraying when over 28C.
Buy or make a neck cooler (the wet ones with water crystals in them) for when you're in the garden.
Buy a market umbrella or shade sail if your alfresco area is too hot.
Gently summer prune stone fruit and apples/pears instead of doing so in winter.
Prune back wisteria by cutting back all long sappy trailing shoots to 4 or 5 buds from the main stem to encourage flowers next spring. Never prune it in winter unless you don’t want it to flower in spring.
Treat your heat stressed plants to a tonic of seaweed liquid every now and then.
Have you got a tired old garden which needs a lift? Or are you overwhelmed by a blank canvas?