Top Gardening Tips for September
Top gardening tips for September
- Spoil yourself and your garden with something new. Check out some of the latest releases at your local garden centre and pick up something special. Spreading Red Petunia is an exciting newcomer with strong, vibrant, red blooms that look fabulous in hanging baskets or stunning as a groundcover in the garden. If red is not your colour, there are several other fabulous shades available.
- Top up the mulch to a depth of 5–7cm on garden beds. Dont put mulch directly onto the plant stems as it can cause fungal infections. Mulch suppresses weed growth, reduces water evaporation by as much as 70 per cent and increases microbiological activity in the soil. Some organic mulches available are pea straw, lucerne, sugarcane and tea-tree.
- Spray citrus trees fortnightly with Yates Pest Oil to control citrus leaf miner. These insects prefer the new spring growth and create squiggly lines on the leaves as they mine. Wait until the trees have finished flowering before feeding them with a fertiliser. Use a fertiliser thats specifically formulated for citrus.
- Fertilise all pot plants and hanging baskets, including those indoors, with a long-term, slow-release plant food, such as Osmocote for pot plants.
- Smother weeds using sheets of newspaper. Water the soil well, then spread about five pages of newspaper (not glossy print) over the weeds to cover. Cover the wet newspaper with a 5cm layer of organic mulch.
- Grow vegetables for summer salads. The small fruit size of the tomato variety Tiny Tim is matched by its convenient, compact growth. They are perfect for gardens and pots, especially if space is limited.
- Fertilise spring-flowering bulbs as soon as the flowers have faded. To help the bulbs produce flowers the following year, regularly apply a water-soluble fertiliser over the foliage. Dont be tempted to remove the leaves for several weeks.
- Control caterpillars by either removing by hand (always wear gloves) or use a non-toxic, bacterial control, such as Yates Dipel. Insects are more active in the warmer weather as new growth emerges.
- Clear twigs and leaves from guttering and downpipes and keep woodpiles away from buildings. Remove any long, dry grass, undergrowth or dead leaves from around the house. And check that your hose can reach every corner of your property before the bushfire season arrives.
- Enjoy the rebirth of spring. Go for a leisurely stroll around your neighbourhood or visit your local park. Admire some of the bountiful beauty that nature gives us at this time of year.