Tuesday, 22 July 2014

GARDENERS' TIPS: Gardening in July

We’ve had a very dry winter, so if you live in a bushfire prone area, now is the time to review your bushfire plan in preparation for the upcoming season.  And, of course, there are the obvious jobs of clearing out your gutters and making sure you minimise any build-up of fuel that might be around your   garden.

Feed your flowers and vegies fortnightly at this time of the year using either liquid seaweed or an appropriate specialised fertiliser.

Remove fallen frangipani leaves and dispose of them in the garbage to control rust disease.

Now is the time to prune your hibiscus, then feed them with poultry manure, apply mulch and water in well.

You should also take precautions against the Erinose Mite, which is a sap-sucking pest that is becoming more prevalent in the Coffs area.  The best way to do this is to prune early so that new growth has hardened before the Erinose Mites hatch and start feeding.  As the season progresses, you might also consider using fertilisers that are not too high in nitrogen so that soft leafy growth is minimised during the time the mites are at their peak.

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