When it comes to home maintenance, it’s easy to get caught up indoors. After all, that’s where we spend most of our time. But to make your home really shine, garden upkeep is key! Your garden stands out as much as your home itself. It’s the first thing people see from the street, and a good garden can really set you apart. So spending some time on garden upkeep is a relaxing and productive way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

But what exactly does it involve? Well, different gardens require different methods of care. However there are a few simple things you can do that will work well with any garden, and we have outlined a couple below.

When it comes to garden upkeep, simple is best – make sure your water your garden weekly

Finding time in your busy schedule for a full-blown garden overhaul is probably unlikely to happen any time soon. So why not start a bit smaller? Spending as little as five minutes a week giving your garden beds and lawn a quick spray will work wonders. And, believe it or not, five minutes a week is often all it takes. Cairns lays claim to a moist tropical environment and plants love it – just look at the rainforest that cover every mountain for proof! So watering is only really necessary on those drier weeks, when the sun is out. You’ll probably find that your soil responds really well to the extra moisture.

Garden upkeep in a hot Cairns summer means making sure your lawn isn’t too short

Mowing the lawn is like a pastime for some people – it’s one of the best ways to keep your garden looking manicured. But you can overdo it. A lot of people don’t know that cutting your lawn too short during the hotter months can stunt its growth. If the grass is too short, the hot sunlight can dry out the soil. That often results in a parched, brown look. But don’t worry too much; everyone has been there at some point! If your lawn is looking a little worse for wear, just keep up the water and let it grow back. Most times, it will recover before too long.

Garden upkeep can be tricky in the tropics – make it easier with by weeding frequently

We mentioned earlier that plants love the tropics. And while this is a good thing, it can have some less than desirable side effects. By that, we mean weeds. Weeds love damp soil and they get out of hand before you know it. All it takes is a day or two of steady rain and all sorts of weedy growths will pop up. The trick to dealing with weeds is getting them while they’re still small. Getting in early will allow you to remove them right down to the roots. So don’t let them get a head start!

Your garden upkeep will be easier if you plant natives – they thrive in the conditions!

If you’re looking at including some new additions in your garden, look at some natives down at your local nursery. Native plants respond very well to the unique conditions that Cairns has to offer. Better still: most natives are absolutely stunning. And if you prefer exotics, there are sure to be a few that will suit your garden too.

Mulching your garden beds promotes growth and is one of the best methods of garden upkeep

As the hot, dry weeks of summer loom large, it’s important to be proactive with your garden upkeep. Exposed soil and direct sunlight don’t work well – so get some mulch ready and cover up your garden beds. Exposed soil dries out quickly and when it does, it’s very hard to revive. Adding some mulch with allow your soil to retain its moisture and nutrients. Coupled with some weekly watering, this should see your garden through to the next rain.

Get in touch with Dixon Homes Cairns today for more expert advice for your home and garden!