Winter is here and it can actually be the perfect time to get in the patch! There are lots of winter crops that are perfect for this time of the year and it is also a great time to easily do some transplanting and tidy up roses bushes and prepare your garden for a fantastic spring.
Trees & Shrubs
Winter is a great time to transplant established trees and shrubs with the least amount of disturbance.
Roses and Flowering Plants
Plant new roses. Prune existing roses. Spray Lime Sulfur to protect them from powdery mildew. Also for an added boost of good nutrients apply Sulphate of Potash and Feed with Blood and Bone or a rose fertiliser.
Plant gardenias and other acid loving plants (azaleas, camellias etc).
Check for petal blight.
Cyclamens love the cold weather, infact the colder it is the better they grow. They are massed with flowers right throughout the cold months and look stunning mass planted in a bowl.
Vegetables and Fruit
Fruit tree planting time, the best selection is in the garden centres this month.
Liquid fertilise pots.
Time to plant onions and Leeks. Also feed winter vegetables with a good vegetable fertiliser such as Richgro’s Mega Booster organic vegetable and herb fertiliser.
Add a good liquid fertiliser to pots so that your plants have the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.
Lawn and Turf Maintenance
Spray broad leaf weeds with Richgro Bindii and Clover weedkiller while they are small and before they set seed.
Apply a good quality lawn fertiliser so that your lawn stays strong and best equip to fight weeds and winter frost.
General Garden Maintenance/Tips
- Protect those plants that get damaged easily by the cold weather. This includes tropical fruit trees, small bougainvillea and hibiscus that haven’t established themselves. A shade cloth canopy over the top doesn’t look the best, but will get the plants through the worst of winter
- To check if your soil is reactive to clay, place a small amount of soil into a jar with water and shake. If the water goes cloudy the addition of Gypsum will be a benefit, but if it stays in one clump applying Gypsum won’t do any good at all.