Gardening tends to slow down in May, and you can finally catch up on all the remaining jobs you didn’t get to. The days are shorter, and the temperature is cooling down. What a great time to be out in the garden as there is still plenty to do at this time of the year as we head towards Winter.
1. Feed your veggies
If you planted your Winter veggie patch last month, your vegetables will still be putting on strong growth. Feed those veggies with Richgro Black Marvel Tomato and Vegetable Liquid Fertiliser every fortnight to maintain overall health. The product is absorbed through the leaves, as well as the roots and produces amazing results.
Give your lawn a good clean up by gathering fallen leaves, twigs and branches and dispose them in your compost bin. Aerate your lawn with a garden fork or a sandal spike. For a large lawn, a motorised aerator will speed things up. Aeration is good for getting air to the roots as well as reversing compaction. Repair any bare patches in your lawn and use Richgro Sulphate of Ammonia on chlorotic and yellow leaves. You can also apply a slow-release fertiliser to boost the health of your soil, and help your lawn keep its colour before the cooler weather arrives.
3. Control weeds
Now is a good time to treat weeds throughout your garden to slow their growth. Get on top of weeds by hand weeding or applying Richgro Beat-a-weed for a quicker, and less labour-intensive result.
4. Plant Winter annuals
Replace Summer flowering annuals with Winter ones such as Petunias, Pansies, Marigold, and Alyssum. Tidy pots and container plants by weeding all pots thoroughly and refreshing the potting mix if needed. You can also apply a layer of Richgro Pine Bark Mulch to help keep weeds down and water in. Now is also a good time to plant Spring flowering bulbs of different colours, shapes, and sizes for a burst of colour in the coming months.
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