Downtime may seem like a good idea, but creating an abundant winter garden is even more rewarding. Planting an indigenous garden, attracting birds and other wildlife, and neatening up your garden should be at the top of your list this month.
Spotlight on: Creating an indigenous garden Low-maintenance and water-wise, aloes and other indigenous shrubs and trees come to life this season with spectacular flowers and dramatic foliage. Why should you invest in an indigenous garden?
Because indigenous plants are grown in their preferred conditions, they are generally hardy and practical plants that require little maintenance.
Indigenous trees and shrubs are known to attract birds to your garden, bringing it to life and helping to manage insect infestations naturally. Ensure you have a bird feeder and water station in your garden to encourage feathery friends.
Evergreen lawns require a 5:1:5 feeding of Ludwig’s Vigorosa.
Treat Cypress aphids on conifer varieties every four weeks with Efekto insecticide granules.
Look out for mealy bugs in sheltered areas of the garden and treat with Efekto insecticide.
Keep an eye out for Australian bugs in sheltered areas of the garden and treat with Efekto Malasol.
Treat Aphids with Ludwig’s Organic insecticide.
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Plant hanging baskets Add colour to your patio or balcony by planting a hanging basket with mixed annuals such as pansies, violas, petunia and dianthus. These are our top tips:
Add water-retention granules to your potting soil or break up floral foam and mix with your potting medium to prevent your hanging basket from drying out too fast.
Since hanging baskets are watered regularly, they lose nutrients in the soil faster than usual. Add a slow-release fertiliser such as Atlantic All-Purpose to the soil when you plant, and feed plants with a liquid fertiliser such as Multifeed Flower Grow once a week.