Wisteria is growing a mile a minute. About 4-5 weeks after flowering is the ideal time to start pruning off the vigorous new growth back to 5-6 buds from the older wood. This will encourage the plant to put its energy into next year’s flowering.
Check the watering system for your roses and flowers to ensure there are no leaks, and the plants are getting the recommended amount of water. Applying Richgro Ezi-Wet will make sure the water is absorbed by the soil and getting to the roots of the plants. If the water is pooling around your garden bed or running down the side of pots, this is a good indication that it is time to apply a soil wetter. Then don’t forget to Mulch or top up your existing mulch so your garden beds remain well hydrated as the temperature warms up.
October is the perfect time to plant summer colour.
It’s also rose season, with your pruned roses now starting to shoot with new life. Fertilise and protect your roses now. Use Richgro Black Marvel Rose & Flower food and add some Richgro Bug Killa to control aphids from damaging your new shoots. Roses may be suffering from Blackspot, so it would be good idea to spray them now with a good rose fungicide. Improving your rose garden soil with a good compost such as Black Marvel Garden Compost will help in making them more resistant to diseases and pests.
Control bugs with Bug Killa on gardenias, azaleas, camellias and lilly pilly.