Preparing Your Garden for a Holiday: A Comprehensive Guide

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We all love to take a break, but leaving your garden can be a cause for concern, especially during the peak growing season. However, with the proper preparation, your garden can thrive even in your absence. 

Here’s how to ensure your garden remains green and healthy while you’re enjoying your holiday. 

This comprehensive guide will help prepare your garden for your absence, ensuring it stays healthy and vibrant while you’re away.

General Garden Care

Lovely tidy garden with abundant flower beds

As you prepare for your holiday, taking care of some general garden tasks is essential. These include:


Weed your garden thoroughly to reduce competition for water and nutrients. This ensures that your plants have the best chance of surviving while you’re away.

Lawn Care

Trim your lawn just before you leave. Set the blades high, especially if you’re expecting hot weather, as this will help the grass retain moisture.

Staking Top-Heavy Plants

Stake any top-heavy plants to prevent damage from high winds. This simple step can save you the distress of returning to a garden full of broken stems.

Water Management

Garden sprinkler in action

Water is a crucial element for your garden’s survival. Here’s how to manage water in your garden during your absence:

Deep Watering

Water your plants deeply a day or two before you leave. This ensures the moisture reaches the deeper roots, keeping your plants hydrated longer.


Mulching is a great way to retain moisture in the soil. Apply a layer of mulch to flower and vegetable beds to keep the soil cool and moist.

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation systems can be a real lifesaver. If you have one, set the timers to ensure your plants receive regular watering. If not, consider installing one as a long-term investment for your garden.

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Caring for Container Plants

Person caring for potted plants

Container plants require special care as they can dry out quickly. Here’s how to keep them hydrated:

Grouping Containers

Group all your containers together in a shady spot. This reduces their exposure to the sun and slows down water evaporation.

Watering and Mulching

Water your containers thoroughly and place them in trays of water. Also, apply mulch to the topsoil to retain moisture.

Using Self-Watering Devices

Consider using self-watering devices such as water spikes or glass globes. These gadgets provide a slow release of water, keeping the soil moist for longer.

Greenhouse Care

Greenhouse gardening, preparing for holiday
Greenhouse gardening – Image by Ekaterina Ershova from Pixabay

If you have a greenhouse, it needs special attention. Here are a few tips:


Ensure that the greenhouse is well-ventilated. Keep the doors and windows open during the day to prevent overheating.


Water your greenhouse plants thoroughly before you leave and place them on capillary matting. This allows the plants to absorb water at their own pace.

Caring for Fruits and Vegetables

Fruit and veg plate

If you have a vegetable garden, here are a few pointers:


Harvest as many ripe fruits and vegetables as you can before you leave. This prevents them from over-ripening and keeps the plants productive.

Watering and Mulching

Water your vegetable beds thoroughly and apply mulch. This helps retain moisture while keeping the soil cool.


Protect your vegetable plants with netting to prevent damage from pests and birds.

Flower Care

Flowers lined up in a garden centre

Your flowers need special attention too. Here’s what you should do:


Deadhead your flowering plants by removing the spent blooms. This encourages new growth and ensures you return to a blooming garden.


Feed your plants before leaving. This provides them with the necessary nutrients and boosts their growth.

Biosecurity Measures

While on holiday, resist the temptation to bring back any plant material. This can potentially introduce harmful diseases into your garden.

Houseplant Care

Move your indoor plants to a shady room and water them thoroughly. Smaller pots can be placed on a damp towel in the sink or bathtub to retain moisture.

Get a Garden Sitter

If possible, get a friend or a professional garden sitter to check on your garden while you’re away. They can water the plants, harvest ripe fruits or vegetables, and handle emergencies.

Planning and preparing your garden for your holiday can seem daunting. However, with these tips, you can ensure your garden remains healthy and thriving even in your absence. 

So, go ahead, take that holiday you’ve been dreaming of, knowing that your garden is in good hands.

Any questions?

I hope I’ve provided all the tips you’ll need to prepare your holiday garden. But if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We also have a super comprehensive Help & Advice section on our website – for all your garden and lawn care needs!

Have a great holiday!

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