So you’ve checked and double-checked that you have your tickets and passports, you’ve cancelled the newspapers and made sure your home is secure, but what about your garden?
If your garden is your pride and joy, you don’t want to come back and find it full of dehydrated plants and weeds. To make sure all your hard work doesn’t go to waste, here are the things you need to do before you jet off on holiday.
Get rid of any dead flowers
Get rid of dead flowers and give your plants the chance to take advantage of any sun (or summer rain) so you’ll hopefully see some healthy new growth by the time you get back.
Mow the lawn
Give your grass a trim before you go to keep it healthy and in check for your return.
Pull some weeds
You might be busy on the run up to your holiday, but spending some time pulling weeds in the garden can save you trouble when you get back. Weed by hand or at least spritz weeds with a weed killer before you go.
Give your soil a protective coating of mulch
Cover soil, flowers, and borders with mulch and any rainwater will be retained for the plants and soil to absorb when they need it.
Move your potted plants into the shade
Move any potted plants into the shade, close to each other so they can still take in rainwater and absorb moisture from each other.
Put plant pots on a saucer
Since you won’t be there to water your plants, put them on a saucer, ideally a terracotta one. Doing this will catch water and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your plants won’t be parched when you go away. Of course, give them a good watering before you go too.