Rowes Nursery

105 Landsborough Road Warragul 3820

Telephone 03-56222223

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  1. Plant annuals for winter colour
  2. Revitalise your vegetable bed over winter sowing - Green Manure crops revitalise ground, open up the soil, add Humus and Nitrogen to the soil and help supress weeds during winter. For best results the crops should be sown between March and July. The crop should be dug in about 1 month prior to planting vegetables. We stock 2 products that make for better vegetable garden beds:
      1. Troforte M Vegetable and Herb - this is a controlled release garden fertiliser that is mineral enriched. Use increases resistance to disease and drought, enriches soil microbially and promotes healthy root biomass. For best results use early spring and early autumn.  
      2. Goodmans green manure crop mixture - This revitalises tired ground by opening up the soil, adding Humas and vital nitrogen, and assists in suppressing weeds during winter.  
  3. Plant winter vegetables e.g. broccoli, cabbage, spinach, silver beet, lettuce.
  4. Spring Flowering Bulbs - can be planted, but prepare the beds by digging in old compost and bulb fertiliser.  Bulbs do their growing through Winter and flower in Spring when water is plentiful. Bulbs re-flower year after year and once planted are low maintenance. For the best display plant lots of bulbs.
  5. Plan for purchases of trees, shrubs and roses - we will have these available as bare rooted plants in winter, bare rooted plants are better price value. If you are in the situation of a "large house on a small block" espaliered plants are suitable here, they do not require a lot of space and fruit trees can be very productive. Winter bare rooted trees are easy to train onto the frames when they are leafless. Camellias are popular as a focal point in the garden or used to cover up parts of the garden that are an eyesore. There are a variety of easy to maintain plants available should your need be for a formal, fragrant or ornamental plant.
  6. Prune hedges that have become unsightly.
  7. Feed potted gardenias for winter health. If leaves are yellow add Epsom salts, add ferltilisers such as Blood and Bone, Dynamic Lifter or Seasol 
  8. Thicken up tired lawns by oversowing a fast germinating grass blend.
  9. Caterpillars are a problem now, gardeners tell us of infestations on Cabbage and Cauliflower plants, these are from the white cabbage moth. Grey-green caterpillars are on tomatoes, cover tomato plants with netting for an organic defence, we recommend and sell Dipel which is a Bio-insecticide spray that is non toxic to humans and safe for bees, ladybirds, birds, fish, mammals and pets. Watch for Army worm, after good summer rains and warm weather in Autumn
  10. Many customers seek advice for dealing with "Black spot" on roses - to control effectively, remove all effected leaves before spraying, place the collected leaves in a plastic bag and dispose of in the "general waste" rubbish collection, do not put these leaves in compost or "green" waste collection, to do so spreads the infection. Black spot is a fungal problem, to prevent the fungus developing a tolerance to sprays we recommend gardeners use 2 types of sprays in rotation. A natural mixture spray (1 part milk to 10 parts water), "Sharp Shooter Triforene Rose Spray", and in winter when all leaves have been removed, a copper spray.
  11. Powdery mildew is on roses also - "Sharp Shooter Triforene Rose Spray" will handle this problem. 
  12. Black aphids are attacking Camellias - a natural solution can be created by boiling a mix of garlic, rhubarb leaves, eucalyptus leaves, boil for about 5 mins, pour off the water into a bucket, flake some velvet soap, add to the water, then mix until soap is dissolved. Spray your plants with the mixture. USE AN OLD POT WHEN CREATING THIS SPRAY, WE RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT USE THE POT FOR COOKING FOOD IN AGAIN. Otherwise, spray with White Oil or a Pyrethrum spray.
  13. Red Spider Mite - Now being found on Azaleas, Lilly Pilly, Rhododendrons - spray on the underside of the leaves with either Pest Oil, White Oil, or Confidor. 
  14. Lemon trees - can have a problem with curly leaf - this is caused by aphids sucking on young leaves, this leaves the leaf permanently curled. Spray aphids with soapy water when you see them in your tree.
  15. Compost - natural compost (grass clippings, leaves, old vegetables) is acidic, add dolomite lime and blood and bone to your compost bin to produce a rich balanced soil.   Your camellia plants will benefit from a mulch made of oak leaves, if you can get access to oak leaves they are a perfect mulch for acid loving plants such as camellias.Spread compost on to your garden beds, make room in your bin for the leaves your trees will shed as well as your prunings from the summer flowering plants
  16. Pruning - ensure you have the tools for the job.
    1. Secateurs are the most important, the best types are those that can either be resharpened or have new blades fitted.
    2. Two-handled secateurs or branch cutters slice through branches that are too thick for secateurs.
    3. Pruning saws have large sharp, off-set teeth, most have tapered blades for easier access between tangled branches.
    4. Pole saws are simply pruning saws mounted on long poles, they are designed to cut on on a reverse pull.
    5. Long-handled tree pruners are specially adapted secatuers fixed to one end of a long pole. They enable high branches to be pruned without the need for a ladder.
    6. Strong protective gloves are essential but with enough flexibility to operate the tools comfortably.
    7. Eye or face protection should be worn, a safety helmet with a face protector is necessary when pruning beneath trees.
    8. Make sure your pruning tools are always sharp, disinfect all cutting tools after pruning diseased branches and between pruning trees and shrubs, tea tree oil, household bleach or methylated spirits are suitable.
  17. Fruit trees - Reduce the chance of codling moth infestation. Gather and destroy infested fallen fruit. If fruit cannot be burned, bury in a hole at least half-a-metre deep. 
  18. Autumn is the best time to plant citrus plants while the ground is still warm.
  19. Let the autumn rains assist in regenerating your garden. a good feed of organic fertiliser and a good soaking is a great combination. Use a stake to make holes in the mulch and put organic fertiliser in the holes.
  20. As nights gett colder - some plants require protection from frost, some of these are: salvias, solanum, blue status, acacia limelight, lilly pilly, passionfruit, avocado (young plants only), agonis, mandevilla, verbena. Check your gardening references for others, consider how you will protect plants from frost damage.
  21. Prune and tidy perennial flowers that have finished flowering, remove old flowering stems and old growth as they flower on new season's growth.
  22.  In April .
  1. lift and divide Iris plants, plant bulbs, tulips and hyacinths 
  2. Sasanqua Camellias- a good time to purchase and plant
  3. Trim old flowers from Bottlebrush plants when they finish flowering. Cut back cannas also.
  4. Repot plants that have outgrown their pots, replace soil around the root ball with new potting mix as an alternative to moving to larger pots.
  5. Plant annuals and enjoy their flowers in spring.


 


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