The Zoomer Report: Vacation-proof your Garden

For many gardeners the thought of a summer vacation is both a delight and a
source of great anxiety. Here are some garden tips that will let you “vacation
proof” your garden.

– Make sure to deeply water your lawn on the evening before your departure.
The soil should be moist to a minimum depth of 7.5 cm or 3 inches.

– Wait a couple of hours until your lawn has thoroughly dried, and then mow
the grass to a slightly shorter length than usual.

– Make sure not to cut the lawn too short, or you will burn your grass. Generally
speaking, never remove more than 1/3 of the grass’ length in a mowing.

– On the day of your departure, give your lawn a second deep watering, once
again, to a depth of 7.5 cm – 10 cm or 3 to 4 inches.

You should also arrange with a neighbour to water your lawn in case of a heat
wave or severely dry period. Of course, you can’t predict what Mother
Nature will bring, but assuming that there are brief dry periods, these precautions
will insure a healthy and green lawn for up to 2 weeks.

Stay tuned for some ideas on how to vacation-proof flower and vegetable beds.


Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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