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How to keep the plants in your backyard healthy

By Andrew Bell

If you’re the type of homeowner who takes pride in your green thumb and spends countless spring and summer hours in the garden, you certainly want to make sure all the plants on your property can stand up to the harsher autumn and winter weather that’s going to arrive over the next few months.

The following suggestions should help:

Inspect your plants ASAP

As worsening weather arrives, your first job is to get rid of any plants that already aren’t looking their best. Fine Gardening noted that failure to do so can lead some diseases to spread to other plants and wreak havoc when spring arrives again. A quick once-over should help you identify anything that needs to be cut or dug up completely.

Trim back what you need to

Along similar lines, you should be ready to prune back any plants that are looking damaged before harsh weather arrives. Especially with trees, this can limit damage to your property and help keep the rest of the plant more healthy.

Take some inside if you need to

There are, of course, some plants that could have thrived all spring and summer long, but for which autumn and winter conditions will be disastrous, according to Southern Living Plants. In these cases, keeping them in pots and bringing them in and out of your home as seasons change will help keep them happy and healthy for years to come.

Add some mulch

Finally, when colder weather starts to arrive in earnest, it’s important to put down a layer of protective mulch like chopped leaves on all your outdoor plants — as much as five inches thick. Doing so will help ensure your soil experiences relatively consistent conditions over the next few months, and that plants’ root systems and the soil that supports them aren’t damaged by wildly fluctuating conditions.

If you are thinking about selling your home after doing so much work to preserve the natural beauty of your backyard, it’s important to get all the right guidance from a seasoned real estate professional. With a little bit of help an agent, all the challenges and uncertainty of selling a home are smoothed over, and at Ray White Surfers Paradise, we would love to bring our years of experience to bear for you. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help.

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