11 Jan 2024

Caring for your garden during an El Niño summer

From Summer Times, 11:45 am on 11 January 2024

Meteorologists have gardeners on high alert with predictions the El Niño weather system will bring hot and dry conditions over the coming months. 

During El Niño summers, New Zealand tends to experience stronger or more frequent winds from the west, which can encourage dryness, while the west coast could be wetter than usual.

With these unusual weather systems on the way, plus the prospect of hosepipe bans, landscape designer and gardener Xanthe White has some tips for maintaining a healthy and good-looking garden. 

sunny garden

sunny garden Photo: Xanthe White