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June marks the start of the pruning time in the garden, pruning is best done while summer fruiting and flowering plants are in their dormant stage. 

Don't forget to sharpen your secateurs and pruning saws before commencing to prune. Jagged cuts provide a resting place for diseased spores and make a greater area for the plant to heal. Clean blades by using a moistened steel wool soap pad,  Domestos is great for disinfecting the blades, remember disinfecting the blade before moving to the next tree or shrub reduces the spread of diseases. 

 
 
Vegetable Garden
    1. Dig compost into vegetable garden beds. We have "ready-to-use" sheep manure, lime and complete fertiliser.
    2. Feed winter vegetables with Thrive or Aquasol (or similar) to keep them growing strongly
Flower Garden
    1. Bulbs - Plant Spring and Summer flowering varieties.
    2. Prune Hydrangeas, only cut back those stems that flowered, take cuttings from plants to form new plants.
    3. Plant new roses, remember to place a thick layer of straw around the base, this protects the plant from cold.
       
Trees.  
Plant bare-rooted trees, we get our stock of bare-rooted trees in the first week of June. Our range consists of deciduous, ornamental and fruit trees to plant during winter. Buying trees bare-rooted is the cheapest way to buy trees and winter is a great time to plant.
 
Lemon trees should be planted in a sheltered spot.
 
Fruit trees - Prune fruit trees once their leaves have fallen. Apply their first spray after you have finished pruning.
 
Shrubs - Prune according to instructions that came with your plants. Rid the plant of all dead branches and foliage, ask us for advice if you are not sure. Prune wisteria when leave have fallen. Reduce the long trailing growths to two or three buds.
 
Roses -  After pruning, apply a fertiliser such as Seamungus to help the bush prepare for it's flowering in Spring. Also mulch around the bushes while you have easy access to the bush
 
Garden Framework - Assess the evergreen plant framework of your garden now the deciduous trees and shrubs have shed their leaves and you have pruned summer perennials back to the ground. Can it be improved? Look at this aspect of your garden structure then decide whether to add winter colour.
 
Lawns - Treat with a Weed and Feed product. Apply gypsum if you have clay soil. A good time to get your lawnmower serviced.
Get ready to fertilise for spring, in August op dress your lawn with a nitrogen fertiliser such as sulphate of amonia, use about 30g per square metre.
 
Pests - Check for pests after rain. A spray of soap and water which can be used for dealing with aphids can be modified to deter harlequin bugs. Into 2 litres of water add 2 squirts of dishwashing liquid/soap add 2 tablespoons of vinegar. 
 
Weeds - Keep weeding, using an organic mulch will suppress weed seed germination. 
 
Frost - Check plants that are frost sensitive, spray water on leaves before the sun reaches the plant leaves, this can help prevent frost burn. Covering susceptible plants with a sheet when below zero temperatures are forecast is a more reliable option.
 
Transplanting - Now is the time to transplant deciduous plants if they are not growing well in their present location.  Steps you need to follow are:
  1. Dig the hole for the plant at the new location, the hole needs to be twice size of the plants root system.
  2. Prune the plants branches or foliage by one third (when you dig the plant out you will be leaving behind about one third of its roots).
  3. Dig the plant out.
  4. Place the plant in the new hole.
  5. Mix some dynamic lifter with the soil before you return the soil to the hole around the plant.
  6. Fill in the hole around the plant.
  7. Apply a liquid fertilizer to the plant
  8. Fill in the hole where the plant came from (or plant an appropriate plant)
Tip - Native plants do not transplant well.
 
Got a wetspot in your garden? Is it caused by clay soil? Gypsum (used as a clay breaker) which can be spread on the area involved. This does contain lime and should not be used where camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, citrus plants, grow.
 


 


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