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Getting your Perth garden ready for summer.

Getting your Perth garden ready for summer.
November 7, 2018 Luke Porter


Spending time in the great outdoors is an integral part of our lifestyle here in Perth, and that certainly includes our own gardens.

Many families like to while away the long, hot summer days playing cricket on the lawn with the kids, dipping in the pool or having a barbeque and a few drinks with friends and family

And that’s all much more enjoyable in a beautiful garden with a healthy lawn and thriving plants.

Need some tips on how to get there?

Here’s our checklist for what to get done in the garden so it’s ready for summer…


Fertilise your garden

When the warmer spring weather hits, plants come out of their winter dormancy period and start showing new growth.

Give your plants a helping hand. A combination of both organic (such as Blood and Bone) and synthetic fertiliser (such as Osmocote) is very effective.

Get mulching

As temperatures rise (and boy, don’t they rise in Perth?!) over the next few months, it’s really important to keep your soil moist. – and its micro-organisms active. Mulch plays a big part in reducing water loss, so be sure to spread a layer of 8-10cm thickness over your garden beds.

 Bark mulch (pine bark) has the added bonus of stabilising the pH of your soil.

Mulching With Luke's Landscaping
Pruning With Luke's Landscaping

Prune (if you haven’t already)

Pruning is ideally best done during winter, but if you haven’t got round to it there’s still time – do it today!

If shrubs are flowering, wait until they’ve stopped doing so before you prune.

Check your reticulation

Spring is a great time to make sure your reticulation system is ready for the hot months that lie ahead. It’s essential that the right amount of water is used (too little or too much can cause real problems) and that your garden is getting the best coverage.

 Make sure that all your sprinkler heads are working and that they’re spraying water in the right direction – and covering all the areas you want watered.

Click here for some of our tips for doing your own reticulation repairs.


Checking Reticulation with Luke's Landscaping

Give your lawn some love

We all know that as the weather warms up, your grass will grow faster. But so – of course – will the weeds.

If you don’t want to use a chemical weed killer, then unfortunately you’ll need to physically remove them yourself.

If you’re happy using chemicals, we recommend that you apply your selected weed killer three to five days before mowing in order for it to fully penetrate the weeds.

Watch out for pests

Aphids and psyllids will start to show themselves around now – they’ll most likely be found on the stems of plants or on the leaf.

There’s a variety of treatments for pests out there depending on whether you prefer the organic or… less organic approach. From essential oils to chili and garlic… there are a lot of anecdotal accounts of success getting rid of pests through unconventional methods!



Need help getting your Perth garden ready for summer?Here at Luke’s landscaping we offer reticulation installation and reticulation repair as part of our service. Call us today and let us give you a hand.


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  • Oh wow, where do I start . . . Right from our first contact with Luke we had a good feeling about it. Luke was friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, and very enthusiastic to meet our needs. He provided us with some much needed direction for our gardening endeavours, was professional, and always available to answer our questions. Once we decided on a plan, he coordinated all of the services and items that were needed, and provided us with an exceptionally hard working, and skilled, landscaper in Derick. Luke visited the project on several occasions, to make sure we were happy with it’s progress, to make some minor tweaks here and there, or deliver something that was needed. Our landscape project was relatively small but we never felt like we didn’t matter. The project started on time, and finished on time, and the yard was left spick and span. It’s a vast improvement on what was there before it, and given it’s almost spring, it shouldn’t be long before our garden takes on it’s real shape. We could not be happier with the end result, the price, and the service that we received from Luke and Derick. If you are looking to have a landscaping job done, either big or small, I’d definitely recommend giving Luke a call.
    Rick and Clare
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Founder and Director | Having founded Luke’s Landscaping originally as a sole trader in 2008 with just a ute, a shovel and a whole lot of passion and determination, Luke’s Landscaping Co. is now a well-respected Perth landscaping company. Luke continues to work tirelessly to grow the company and his team to deliver excellence and the best experience for our customers. Luke’s passion lies in his commitment to growing the company, its people and the systems required to deliver the high standards that our customers deserve.