Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Gardeners' Tips - January 2014


Citrus— fertilize with citrus food and mulch well. Trees will need regular Pest Oil spray to keep Citrus Leaf Miner attack under control. 

Cymbidium Orchids— foliar spray in December and a fertilize from late January with Orchid Food as flower spikes will have commenced to form and develop in most cultivars.

Flowering shrubs— give a little haircut after flowering to encourage new growth, also reward them with some fertilizer for their effort in producing those beautiful blooms.

Hedges—now that the mad spring growth has slowed, it’s time to give our hedges a little haircut.

Hibiscus and Bougainvilleas—Liquid Feed these ‘hungry’ plants, look out for Hibiscus Beetle and if noticed spray in the middle of the day when flowers are fully open.

Lawns—look for dead patches in lawns caused by lawn grubs and treat immediately. Apply a good complete turf fertilizer before rain for that wonderful verdant green lawn for the kids to play on!

Mulch—Use pelletized fertilizers before adding mulch to your garden beds.

Natives—will enjoy a dose of native fertilizer, never use high phosphorus products on natives—they will reward you by curling up their toes!

Passionfruit and Strawberries are gross feeders so apply a blood and bone/potash mix (4:1) every six to eight weeks during fruiting period. Keeping the Cockatoos out is another matter!

Pots—Use a wetting agent in conjunction with liquid fertilizer to keep your plants happy.

Powdery mildew on cucurbits such as cucumbers, melons, zucchini and pumpkins is not a good look so use a preventative spray of a canola based oil to the upper and underneath surfaces of the leaves. If however, there are infected plants spray with Mancozeb Plus.

Propagate—this is the time to take those tip cutting from Azaleas, Camellias, Gardenias, Vibernums, Buddleias and Magnolias.

Roses—keep deadheading by cutting the stems off two buds underneath the spent flowers, and keep up your applications of fertilizer every 6 weeks.

Vegetables—keep up the nitrogen enriched fertilizers to those vegies that are ‘green’ ie spinach, lettuce, herbs etc

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