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garden checklist

 Plant now

We’re all feeling the winter chill, but spring is coming! So before August arrives, get your fruit and deciduous trees planted, get your strawberries in, and begin to tidy your garden up to make it easier to get started this spring.



In Auckland we’re lucky enough that we can grow veggies all year round. If you’ve any gaps in the garden plant winter veggies such as kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet, parsley and coriander. However, if you’re planting seedlings now they can be a little slow getting started. So to help, cover with large plastic bottle that has been cut in half, or create a mini poly tunnel over the beds.


Plant strawberries now so they can get their roots down through winter and are all set to grow in spring. Deciduous fruit trees will start to arrive in stores this month, so make sure you get in quick so you don’t miss out on your favourite varieties. Remember to check your fruit's variety in case you need a pollinator to product a sufficient fruit crop.
To plant, dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot that they came in. Backfill with a mix of topsoil, compost, sheep pellets and feed with Kings 24+ or for a natural option, use Natures Organic Fertiliser


Brighten up your garden this winter with annuals such as pansies, primulas, alyssum and polyanthus. For instant results check out our Potted Colour range. When planting, mix in compost and Sheep Pellets to the soil. To really bring out the colour of your primulas and polyanthus try feeding with Dried Blood (available in 500g packets instore).
Brighten up those darker spots in the garden with some colourful shade-loving perennials like cyclamen and hellebores. For best results plant in semi-shade in fairly free-draining soil.


Add colour into your garden now by planting camellias, grow some stunning natives, or ensure you have colour next spring by planting magnolias or flowering cherries. Plant now so that they can get off to a great start in spring.


Leucadendrons are hardy, tough and incredibly attractive, and are perfect to use as cut foliage in flower bouquets. These delightful shrubs do best in free-draining soil and thrive on neglect. 


It’s a great time to start growing your own hedging with griselinias, corokia or even edible hedges such as feijoas, or to plant larger trees used for screening such as bay trees or eugenia.


We've got a great selection of roses available, be sure you get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out!



When planting trees and shrubs use compost and Sheep Pellets to help add nutrients to the soil. Mix them in with your existing topsoil as you plant, and add Gypsum to help improve heavier clay soils. To help protect plants from fungal problems, improve the soil, and increase microbial activity, use Natures Organic Fertiliser.  
Protect plants from being rocked by the wind by securing trees with wooden stakes. Use a soft material, such as Jute Webbing, when tying trees to stakes to avoid damaging the trunks. Make sure that the trunks can still rock slightly as this will help them strengthen their roots. 



Be sure to get those slow-growing weeds out now before spring rolls around. Check and, if necessary, improve the drainage around your veggie beds. Dig in any cover/green crops before they flower and begin getting beds ready for spring planting.


Remember to prune deciduous fruit trees that you didn’t prune in summer, as well any citrus trees and grape vines that need a bit of work.

You’ll need secateurs, Prune'n'Paste, as well as loppers and a pruning saw for any larger cuts.

Prune on a dry sunny day. Cuts should be made at a 45° angle slanted away from the bud. The bottom of the cut should be level with the top of the bud.

Start by pruning out any dead, damaged, or diseased wood. Then prune back by 1/3 to improve the shape.

For more detailed advice on pruning click here


Deadhead hydrangeas and any other flowering shrubs, perennials, or annuals that are starting to die back. Cut back perennial flowers that have finished flowering, and trim back trees and shrubs where necessary.


Spray lime sulphur to defoliate roses that are still in-leaf and to kill off any fungal spores. And then get ready to start pruning.

Choose a dry, sunny day to prune. Start by cutting out any dead shoots and branches that cross. Snip off any twigs that are too thin to carry flowers. Shorten branches back by approximately 1/3 and cut back to an outward facing bud. Seal any large pruning cuts with a pruning paste.

After pruning, spray with a mix of liquid copper and Aquaticus Glow to help clear up any persistent bugs or fungal problems.

For more advice on caring for roses, click here