When going away for a reasonably long time from your home, we always think of making sure we lock the doors, shut all the windows, make sure our garage is firmly locked and the security system is up and running and then we can breathe a sigh of relief. However, the garden is one of the few places of our homes that is living and therefore subject to constant change. Leaving your garden for even just a couple of weeks will see it eventually forget that you’re there and it will begin to show it’s wild side. This is an area that shouldn’t be overlooked if you want to return home to anything other than an out of control miniature jungle. Instead you can take the proper precautions and then give your garden the best chance of survival without you and until your return back home.
First and foremost, the lawn must be cut down to size. You’ll be surprised just how much a lawn can grow in just a mere about of weeks. This is important as if the weather forecast says it’s going to rain for multiple days, the growth of the grass will speed up. Therefore before you leave your home, mow the lawn and thus you’ll be resetting the clock. However it’s going to be very sunny and hot, it’s best to also slather a layer of grass feed over the lawn to make sure it doesn’t die from the heat.
If you have a jacuzzi in the back garden, it’s best if you first add in the proper amount of cleaner such as chlorophyll and then make sure you use a tight cover to seal it. You can of course first drain the water if you wish, but this is an expensive proposition. For the grill, you can use something like a Genesis cover. The tightness of the material and robust way you can seal your barbecue will also make sure; no animal climbs inside which is a frequent possibility for crevices. If you have a motorized lawn mower, and cannot find space in your garage to store it, the same should be done. Get a fabric or plastic sheet, and cover it properly to protect it from rain and thus prevent rust.
Pathway and plants
Plants are actually quite easy and don’t require a lot of maintenance before you leave. However, it’s best to trim off excessively large branches, leaves or flowers. These can interfere with the growth and personal space of their surrounding plants. The pathway pavements are very easily catered for also. Spray weed killer in between the cracks to make sure nothing sprouts out and pushes the slabs apart. Spray the pathway down with water and scrub off any signs of moss growths.
Leaving your garden for more than two weeks is no big deal, but can give the garden a free run at overgrowing, and animals to take over. With the proper preparations, all this can be avoided. Take care of your equipment and control vegetation that you think might get out of control in the space of time.