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Hottest Week on Record in Brisbane: A Warning to Protect Your Garden

Queensland is gearing up for one of its hottest weeks on record this week, with temperatures set to spike at around 32 degrees by Wednesday – and for many home owners that could prove disastrous for gardens. Brisbane gardening expert Peter Mumford, who owns Arbor Operations, warned home owners and organisations to take fast action before plants get destroyed.

“Our unusually warm winter weather already has gardens in spring-mode with new plant growth, so a blast of heat can leave plants and lawns badly burnt,” said Mr Mumford.

“Plants have been thinking it’s spring – we’ve seen lawns full of bindi prickles, roses blooming early and even the bugs have descended,” he said.

“If homeowners and corporations with large garden beds want any hope of salvaging their gardens as we head into one of the hottest August weeks on record, they need to be thinking moisture retention.”

“It’s not too late to mulch, which could prove key to hanging on to any moisture that is in the soil.”

“Mulch will conserve moisture for your plants while killing spring weeds at the same time.” “It can reduce watering by up to 60%, and is great for the soil’s health too.” “Just don’t be too overzealous piling the mulch high though, or the water won’t penetrate through to the soil and plants”.

To find out our tips to avoid a garden meltdown, click the button below to read our media release.

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