May is a special month for Mothers as we celebrate Mother’s day! A real favourite with our lovely mums are flowers so why not spoil your own with a big pot filled with beautiful flowers and ‘other goodies’ for a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. All you need to start is a good potting mix such as Richgro Seasol Potting Mix and whatever you will plant will grow beautifully.
Trees & Shrubs
Deciduous trees are in full colour this month. To find out what trees and shrubs best suit your area, take a drive around your neighbourhood.
Roses and Flowering Plants
Improve soil for new roses with Richgro Moisture Plus Garden Compost . A rich soil will help your roses stay strong and fight insects and fungal attacks more effectively. Why not try some lovely flowering plants in your vegie patch for a little boost of colour. Maybe some marigolds, snapdragons or pansies. They will also be good for attracting beneficial insects to your patch. Apply a soil wetter for stronger well watered plants and as part of good maintenance. Plant new natives in May and give your existing natives a feed as well.
Vegetables and Fruit
Time to plant English Spinach. It is a winter crop and best to get established early when the weather is still a little warmer. It grows fast so pick only the amount of leaves you need and let the rest grow on. Practice crop rotation (growing crops in different areas of the garden each year to avoid soil-borne diseases and nutrient depletion) and companion planting (planting of different plants in close physical proximity, on the theory that they will help each other – for instance by boosting yield and to keep pests and weeds at bay). Apply a soil wetter so your vegie garden remains well hydrated. Citrus trees are bearing at the moment and some varieties of Mandarins and Oranges are prone to fruit fly. Baiting for fruit fly is an effective method of reducing the population. Pick up any fallen fruit and destroy. Feed with a good organic fertiliser like Richgro Mega Booster Fruit & Citrus Organic Fertiliser.
Check for two spotted mite on roses in pots and treat accordingly. Watering pot plants can be difficult, as the water often runs over the edge of the pot and down between the container and soil, not getting into the plants’ roots. Add Richgro Ezi-Wet® soil wetter to improve water penetration and allow the water to soak through.
Lawn and Turf Maintenance
Fertilise lawns in early May with Richgro Extra Green Lawn Food. A strong healthy lawn can cope with the cold weather and keep its colour through winter rather than a stressed, struggling one.
General Garden Maintenance Tips
- Weeding is the most hated job on the gardening calendar. Apply a thick layer of organic mulch to smother out small weed seedlings.
- In those areas where automatic reticulation is allowed, after the first autumn rains, turn the system off. Saving water is important at this time of the year.