Top Gardening Tips for October
Tips for gardening in October
- Repot indoor and patio plants into slightly larger pots with fresh potting mix. Select a potting mix that displays the Australian Standards logo. Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and restore shine.
- Check azaleas for signs of azalea lace bug indicated by light mottling on the upper surface of the leaves and small black deposits on the underside. Prune off and dispose of affected foliage where possible, then spray with a low-toxic protector, such as Yates Confidor, to protect the plant from further attack.
- Clip hedges to keep them bushy and compact, such as box (Buxus), orange jessamine (Murraya) and leadwort (Plumbago).
- Roses are at their peak, but the fungal disease black spot may appear as yellow to black markings on leaves. Remove any affected foliage and discard. Feed your roses with a specific rose fertiliser, apply an organic mulch and spray with Triforine as directed.
- Start thinking about summer and Christmas festivities. Clean around swimming pools, check filters and trim plants. Petunia Sea Shell is an ideal planting for instant colour around pools with deep blue petals that shade to lighter centres.
- Plant summer vegetable seedlings such as tomatoes, carrots, herbs, beetroot and pumpkin. Apply Yates Thrive soluble plant food fortnightly or Yates Dynamic Lifter slow-release organic pellets to encourage vigorous growth.
- Shorten long, straggly branches of spring-flowering shrubs when flowers have finished, such as the butterfly bush (Buddleia), mock orange (Philadelphus) and may bush (Spirea).
- Give Australian native shrubs, such as bottlebrush (Callistemon), wax flower (Eriostemon) and tea-tree (Leptospermum) a light trim after flowering to maintain an attractive shape.
- Install lawn edging to prevent grass runners from invading garden beds or escaping into neighbours gardens. Use buffalo runners to repair any worn patches in the lawn.
- Indulge your senses with the fragrant spring blooms of native frangipani (Hymenosporum), wedding bells (Deutzia) and tree gardenia (Rothmannia).