ANNUAL PROGRAMME FOR GARDEN MAINTENANCE

 

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JANUARY

(very hot & dry with strong South Easter)

● Water daily with a thorough soaking 3 – 4 days a week to encourage root development

● Fertilize lawn with high nitrogen for hard plant growth

● Mulch beds

● Mow lawns regularly & on a higher setting to protect the roots from the summer heat.

● Continue to deadhead flowering plants regularly to promote continual flowering.

● Feed pelargoniums & treat against rust with Orius where necessary.

● Spray roses fortnightly with Rose Protector & feed at least once a month.

● Control ants, as they introduce aphids & scale to your plants.


FEBRUARY

(very hot & dry, very windy)

● Continue watering programme

● Watch out for pests


MARCH

(beginning to cool overnight)

● Water daily

● Treat lawns for lawn caterpillar

● Remove spent hydrangea flowers & trim back to second bud

● Fertilize & spray for aphids on roses


APRIL

(cooler weather)

● Reduce watering according to cooler weather

● Treat beds for snails

● Compost or mulch beds to improve soil & aid with drainage during winter rains

● Fertilize roses for last time before their dormancy period

● Give fuchsias an Autumn prune

● Plectranthus which has stopped flowering can be cut back hard

● Stop feeding container plants & reduce watering


MAY

(cool & wet)

● Adjust irrigation systems to accommodate cool weather

● Fertilize lawn with high potassium feed

● Fertilize beds

● Check roses for black spot, rust & powdery mildew

● Feed winter flowering shrubs


JUNE

(cold, wet & windy)

● Reduce watering to once a week depending on rainfall

● Control proliferation of weeds after rains

● Maintain mulch in beds

● Reduce watering of clivias

● Stop feeding orchids

● Spray conifers for Italian cypress aphid

● Keep a look out for snails & slugs


JULY

(very cold & wet)

● Spray for broadleaf weeds in lawns

● Sprinkle snail bait in flower beds

● Manage control of weeds

● Prune roses

● Excellent time to plant trees & shrubs

● Stop watering bougainvilleas

● Prune deciduous fruit trees & vines towards end of month

● Deadhead old hydrangea flowers & prune


AUGUST

(cold)

● Prune trees

● Finish pruning of roses in first half of month & do preventative spraying against fungal diseases & aphids

● Feed bougainvilleas

● Mulch & feed fuchsias with high nitrogen fertilizer to encourage growth

● Feed hydrangeas on a fortnightly basis until January

● Prune oleander, plumbago, heliotrope, canary creeper & cup of gold

● Feed all citrus trees & spray with a preventative insecticide

● Continue to watch out for slugs & snails


SEPTEMBER

(cool weather)

● Aerate lawns & first high nitrogen feed

● Good month to plant towards a beautiful summer garden full of colour

● Spray for weeds

● Fertilize roses, sprinkle epsom salts & water deeply

● Snail bait

● Spray insects feeding on new shoots

● Spray oak trees for mildew


OCTOBER

(warmer)

● Check irrigation systems & adjust for the hot summer months ahead

● Fertilize & top dress lawns

● Check for worms on plants

● After the winter rains weeds are very prolific

● Feed roses monthly, compost & water deeply

● Continue to renew mulch throughout the garden to help retain moisture


NOVEMBER

(hot)

● Lawns require regular watering, weeding & feeding

● Fertilize & compost beds

● Weeds

● Fertilize camelias

● Prune bougainvilleas at end of month when flowering is over & fertilize


DECEMBER

(hot and dry)

● Water daily

● Maintain mulch in beds

● Fertilize lawns

● Spray roses against pests & diseases

● Water outdoor container plants daily

● Water agapanthus deeply at least once a week

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