Well Spring is just around the corner! New leaves are just starting to burst out and the daffodils and other bulbs have turned on their smiley colourful faces. Colour is becoming abundant everywhere. This weekend take time to just sit in the garden with a cup of tea or perhaps a glass of wine and take in the beauty of Spring – relax and enjoy this great time of the year.
ANNUALS: It’s time to plant Asters, Petunias, Alyssum, Portulaca. You may need to protect them from the last frosts. Get your Petunias in now and you can expect a great display for Christmas.
BULBS: Many of your bulbs will be giving you an excellent display. The early flowering bulbs, like Snow Drops, will be finishing their display so it’s time to give them a good feed so they can store up the energy for next spring. Watch out for slugs – they can do a lot of damage very quickly. If you have you bulbs in planters, as a precaution drench the soil to kill curl grub – they will do a lot of damage over summer. “Confidor” works well.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES: It’s time to top dress and fertilise your Citrus trees – use dynamic lifter or manure. Aphids and scale are often present at this time of year so keep an eye out for them. It’s not a bad time to prune Citrus trees to keep them compact if they have finished fruiting. Don’t forget to collect fallen fruit and dispose of it. This helps control the spread of unwanted insects. It’s also time to set those fruit fly traps – just one or two traps in your veggie patch will give you a ‘fruit fly free’ garden. It’s time to plant Basil, Capsicum, Beans, Lettuce, Onions, Potato, Silver Beet and Zucchini.
LAWNS: It’s time to spray your lawn for Bindii and those broad leaf weeds – do it now or some of those Bindii’s will set seed then it won’t be very comfortable to walk on your lawn. You could also fertilize your lawn - just enough to get it growing and green. Too much fertilizer and you will be mowing more often.
ROSES: Your roses will be shooting up their new growth – watch out for those sap sucking insects like Aphids – they do a lot of damage very quickly.
TREES AND SHRUBS: Keep an eye out for insects as they are starting to become very active as the weather warms up. Scale insects are hatching. They are very small and will be actively establishing themselves on the main veins on leaves. At this early stage they are easily controlled pest oil works well.