You Take The Vacation - Not Your Garden
If you are planning to go on vacation, there are some
important tasks that you really must undertake to ensure
that your garden continues to maintain that well cared
for condition which you constantly strive for.
After all, because you have spent so much of your time
during the rest of the year trying to achieve perfection,
it would be a great pity if some of that good work were
to be undone.
You do deserve that well earned vacation however, so I put
it to you that you will enjoy the break even more, in the
knowledge that you will not be returning home to any
Here are a few simple steps that I would advise you to take
to help to make sure that all remains well.
Just how much you need to plan in advance depends entirely
on how long that you intend to be away from home.
Even if you are only going away for a week or just over it,
I strongly recommend that you make the time to attend to
those basic garden chores the day before you leave.
For example, I always mow the lawn, deadhead all my flowers,
and I make a point of moving any house plants that I might
have temporarily placed outdoors to blossom, back indoors.
Naturally I make sure that they are watered thoroughly.
If you intend to be away from home for two consecutive weeks
or longer, I suggest that you make some provision well ahead
of the time, especially for the care of the lawn.
Perhaps you know a reliable teenager looking for some extra
money in your neighborhood. If you do, strike a deal with him
to cut the lawn once a week during your absence.
Whether he uses his lawn mower or yours though, do make sure
that he knows to cut the lawn at the highest setting on the
mower, which will usually be about three inches or so.
If you have an exceptionally large area of lawn however, or
you intend to be away from home for a much longer period, you
would probably be best to hire a professional Gardener, or a
Garden Maintenance Company to attend to this. (funds
permitting of course)
The day before you leave, preferably in the late morning,
prune just recently opened blossoms, taking long stems with
the cut flowers.
I suggest that you also carry a container of water and water
On the same day prune flower buds also, as the blossoms will
have most likely have opened and wilted during your absence.
Check your annuals and perennials for blighted foliage,
removing any discolored leaves.
Your house plants will also need to be cared for as well while you are away. If you intend a long break, then you really
should arrange for someone to attend to their needs if at all
A good friend or neighbor will most likely be more than willing
to oblige, especially if you offer to return the favor.
Your plants should be fine though, if you are only going away for a few days or so.
However if you have a situation where you simply cannot call on
anybody to assist, or perhaps you do not want to impose on
anybody, then I have outlined a few useful steps that you can
take, particularly if you are intending to be absent for an
Move all those plants that are summering outdoors back inside,
but place them in a shaded area first.
Do this during the week before you leave, so as to let them
acclimatize to the change in conditions.
Then bring them indoors, and place them in a spot where they
will be most likely to get the benefit of indirect sunshine.
In the morning before you depart, spread sheets of newspaper
on the floor of the room where your plants are situated.
Water all your plants thoroughly, (whether they need it or not),
and then place them on the newspaper sheets.
Place four large bowls of water around the plants, and cover
them with a large white sheet.
Make sure that the sheet drapes down beyond the plants onto
This will help to keep your plants moist and healthy.
Remember that the first priority is to have a fantastic
If you are like me however, you will enjoy it all the more,
because you know that you have taken the time to make sure
that your cherished garden and house plants have been well
Marie K Fisher is an avid gardening enthusiast with a passion
for exotic flowers and wonderful colors. She is a regular
contributor to Garden Center Showplace a leading online Garden
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