THINGS TO DO IN SPRING

SEPTEMBER

  • Plant and liquid feed vegies (and annuals + spring bulbs) every 2-3 weeks. Continue this as long as you grow vegies. Try Neutrog's GOGO juice with microbes or use worm juice.  
  • Take yourself, a friend or the family off to the Kings Park Festival.
  • Caterpillars, both green and black, are prolific at the moment. Squash them or feed to magpies or spray plant with Dipel or Success. Derris Dust or Diotomaceous Earth (available from www.gardeners.direct.com.au) also work well.
  • Feed all plants & lawn with slow release fertiliser like Growsafe Home Gardener, Seamungus or Eco Prime Garden.
  • Treat your hungry soil to some clay (if sandy) and soil conditioner, compost or worm casts mixed into the top 5-10cm of soil.  
  • Buy some Charlie Charcoal and add this to the hole too. You will be astounded at the growth.
  • Feed natives with slow release fertiliser like Neutrog Bush Tucker or Growsafe Home Gardener.
  • Apply iron chelate to citrus, camellias, hydrangeas (blue ones), blueberries, azaleas, gardenias, port-wine magnolias, proteas, leucospermums/ leucodendrons & eastern states grevilleas if looking iron deficient.
  • Spray new citrus leaves (those about 4-5cm) every 10 -14 days with Eco Oil to prevent leaf miner laying eggs & disfiguring your trees. Don’t spray more than 8 x per season.
  • Citrus leaf miner CLM traps are also effective. Why not use both?
  • Mulch pots (use coco peat) & entire garden. Use a chunky mulch like composted recycled tree prunings or pine bark (for acid lovers: blueberry, camellia, gardenia, azalea etc).
  • Lightly feed indoor plants. Re-pot if necessary. Keep plants moist but not wet.
  • Hard prune plumbago, buddleia. Trim winter flowering natives and exotics, salvias, passionfruit + hibiscus by 1/3.
  • Liquid feed dying winter bulb leaves every 2 wks till brown. Dig up or leave in situ (freesias, jonquils, snowflakes, bluebells.

OCTOBER

  • Thin out fruit trees to encourage tasty large fruit and to discourage biennial bearing (excess fruit one year, none or very little the next). Aim for no fruit touching another.
  • Iron chelate gardenias if not done in Sept. In early Oct, sprinkle 1 tsp epsom salts around base then water in with seaweed liquid. Liquid feed regularly for lots of flowers.
  • Use River Safe Supersorb or Grosorb wetting agent – fork it in, water well,  then top up mulch. Treat plants in non wetting soil to some sand remedy & compost mixed around roots.
  • Consider planting a passion fruit vine. Ensure it’s planted at least 2m away from existing fruit trees or shrubs and avoid disturbing roots once established.
  • Check mulch. Before mulching, ensure water is penetrating right through to roots before applying. Leave a mulch free space of about 5cm around stems/trunks.
  • Visit an open garden. Maybe you could even open your garden?? 
  • Keep thinning out fruit as per October.
  • Watch for aphids, thrips & spider mite (likes dry conditions). If you must spray, try Natrasoap or EcoNeem. Avoid spraying near bees, wait till they’ve gone to bed, at dusk.
  • Feed citrus again (late Nov).  Citrus are gross feeders and need to be fed 3 x per year for best results. They love an annual compost application under their chunky mulch.

NOVEMBER    

  • Check mulch. Before mulching, ensure water is penetrating right through to roots before applying. Leave a mulch free space of about 5cm around stems/trunks.
  • Keep thinning out fruit as per October.
  • Watch for aphids, thrips & spider mite (likes dry conditions). If you must spray, try Natrasoap or EcoNeem. Avoid spraying near bees, wait till they’ve gone to bed, at dusk.
  • Feed citrus again (late Nov).  Citrus are gross feeders and need to be fed 3 x per year for best results. They love an annual compost application under their chunky mulch.

Have you got a tired old garden which needs a lift? Or are you overwhelmed by a blank canvas?

We can help you! Call 0423 385 568 or email now