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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't forget your tool essentials.