The beginning of the year is always a time for cleaning up bringing in changes, from the office to the home and finally the garden. In getting the routine back after the holidays one doesn’t always have a lot of time to get stuck in but if you have a few minutes here some quick tasks that make all the difference to your garden.
Fertilise the garden
Fertilising over the next few weeks is important to keep the garden green, in flower and able to bounce back after the heat and water restrictions of the early summer. The December rains would have leached out most of the nutrients and the greens will soon start to lose their luster and you definitely want to keep the colour and promote more flowers as we head toward the end of summer.
BioGanic is our best selling organic fertiliser. It’s also the most water wise way to fertilise. Feed at a rate of one handful per square meter or per shrub. This fertiliser will boost growth on application and feed over a longer period as a slow release fertiliser.
BioGanic Lawn is an organic fertiliser to boost leaf growth, specifically formulated as a crumble rather than a pellet perfect for getting the lawns healthy and bright green again. As an organic fertiliser it won’t burn the lawn if it does not get watered in well and rain is sufficient. One of the most economical fertilisers with 10kg feeding around 200m2
Say “Goodbye” to weeds
By the end of February the effectiveness of herbicides (weed killers) will go down considerably as they work best when weeds are growing fast. With that in mind now is the time for a quick spray to bring them under control.
The weeds in the paving which just seem to come from nowhere must go to help tidy the garden and if you have a weed problem on the lawn this is the time of year that they seed so get a head start on next summer by spraying now.
On lawns Hormoban is the only effective option especially for the hardy clover weed that just seems to dominate in our local area. The effectiveness is best if there is at least 5 hours of sun and no rain or watering after application. Depending on what weed you are spraying a second or third application may be required especially if you are trying to rid the lawn of clover.
For paving the most organic way of ridding weeds in paving is by hand or with a kettle of boiling water scorching the leaves. Sometimes one needs a different option but it is personal choice.
Roundup is available as a ready to use or as a concentrate which is more economical and ideal if you are doing large areas. Diluted 40ml into 1lt of water Roundup will work within 3 to 4 days if it has a sunny 5 hours after application. Use Roundup responsibly and only dilute as indicated on the packaging.
The new Roundup Gel is so easy to use. As a spot application it goes where you need it and does not harm surrounding plants or go into the soil.
Snip and Tuck
This is the time of the year that you should find some time to get out into the garden with your secateur and trimmers. With all the growth form the summer, shrubs and climbers can get a bit unruly and if you shape them now they will keep the look for the next few months. The added benefit of cutting back this time of the year is that it lets more light in as well as better air circulation in the garden so smaller plants around them perk up and add some growth before winter.
Did you know the common snail found in your garden originates from Italy and made their way around the world in the late 1800’s as plants started being shipped across the globe by Victorian plant collectors? That’s only part of the story but we think that’s quite impressive for something that moves at such a slow pace.
Snails can have a devastating effect on your Veggies and ground covers if left unchecked. A few is a good thing in the garden as they help keep the layer of plants on the soil thinner to allow light and moisture to the earth but when they are left unchecked they can multiply in a few seasons to give you a headache when planting new seedlings.
If you don’t fancy the idea of standing on some snails apply some Snailban early evening to catch them at their most active time of day or ask our team to show you how the organic Snail Jail works :-)