MARCH IN THE GARDEN
It still feels like summer but autumn weather is approaching.
Autumn is "natures planting time" - with warm soil and autumn rain root systems will develop over the winter months, you'll get stronger and bigger spring growth, you'll have less watering and fewer pests and diseases.
Plant spring bulbs - we have a stunning array of top quality bulbs - daffodils, freesia, tulips, iris, anemone, ranunculus, crocus, hyacinth, muscari, dutch iris ... stagger your plantings from now until the end of autumn and your garden will be bursting with gorgeous colour from early winter right through to the end of summer.
Note that tulips will flower best if the bulbs are placed in the fridge for 4-6 weeks prior to planting.
Plant new annual seedlings to freshen up the garden with colour. The colours and varieties are many - Pansy, Lobelia, Dianthus, , Primula ...
Plant perennials - so many gorgeous colours and forms - Poppies, Antirrhinum, Polyanthus, anemones, Alstromeria, Limonium, Erysimum ...
Hanging baskets or pots filled with colourful flowers will brighten your patios and verandahs over the cooler months. We have a large selection of pots in many shapes and colours.
Deadhead annuals and trim perennials as they finish flowering.
Roses can be given their final deadhead before leaving them to "winter".
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Continue planting for kitchen garden harvests in the months ahead:
Lettuce, spring onions, beetroot, spinach, silverbeet, carrots, broadbeans, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, celery, kale, rhubarb ...
Herb favourites - parsley, sage, oregano, chives, thyme, coriander, dill ...
Add more goodness to the soil - dig in iCan Real Blood & Bone, sheep pellets, compost or vege mix when you replant.
iCan Ocean Grow is a fantastic liquid fish fertiliser which can be applied regularly and will really get your veges growing!
If your tomato plants have suffered from blight, pull them out (don't put them in your compost).
To view our Vegetable Plants Health Care Programme click here or call in for a copy.
FRUIT AND CITRUS
Remember the saying "the best time to plant a fruit tree was 5 years ago, the next best time is NOW". Plant a range of fruit trees and berries and you'll be rewarded with gorgeous fruit throughout the year.
Plant berryfruit - boysenberries, raspberries ...
Fertilise all citrus with specific Citrus Fertiliser to ensure they receive all the nutrients they require.
Maintain your regular fruit tree spray programme. It is important to spray with the correct product at the correct time so please ask one of our knowledgeable staff, come in for your copy of our "Fruiting Plants Health Care Programme" or click here to download.
TREES & SHRUBS
Plant new trees and shrubs!
If you love gorgeous autumn colours - Maples, Golden Elm, Albizia, Dogwood, Oaks...
We are Tauranga's leading stockist of Japanese Maples and have a large range in stunning colours and big specimens available - many of which will be starting to show their autumn colours very soon.
Plant new hedges and trim existing hedges before frosts damage new growth.
Fantastic hedging plants are Japanese Box, Corokia, Teucrium and NZ's favourite Griselinia Broadway Mint!
Spray box hedging with Grosafe Free Flo Copper and Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil to prevent the spread of Box Blight (Japanese Box is far more resistant than English Box to Box Blight).
TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS
Dwarf fruit trees and citrus are ideal for small gardens and also grow well in pots and containers and yield an abundance of fruit.
Weeping maples are ideal when space is limited - stunning form and colour.
Flowering Crab Apple - they are looking stunning and covered in luscious bright red fruit.
Magnolia - gorgeous colours and varieties to choose from.
Good soil, feeding and watering is the key to great plants, flowers, fruit and vege production.
Fertilse with iCan Ocean Grow liquid fish fertiliser or the Yates range of Citrus, Strawberry and Rose Food.
Slow release Novatec is ideal for trees, shrubs, palms, fruit and veges.
Hygiene is important in the garden so clear away diseased leaves and prunings and sterilise secateurs, hedge trimmers etc before and after use (bleach is a good sterilant).
Pests and Diseases - check all plants regularly for pests and disease - it's easier to deal with them early before they take hold and do too much damage.
If fungus and bugs are present they need to be kept under control with regular spraying. We recommend:
Grosafe Free Flo Copper to control fungus diseases on all fruit, veges and ornamentals.
Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil for the control of sucking insects on all fruit, veges and ornamentals.
Success Ultra for caterpillars, thrips and leafroller.
Roses - continue your regular spray programme - to view our Rose & Ornamentals Health Care Programme click here (or call in for a copy).
Apply Blitzem, Quash (if you have animals) or Baysol (long acting) to control slugs and snails - particularly around new seedlings.
Mulch to suppress weeds, preserve water and add nutrients with Tui Mulch Pea Straw or Daltons Mulch & Grow.
Autumn is the best time to sow new lawns or renovate existing lawns.
New lawns - spray to eradicate weeds, apply Daltons Premium Lawn Soil, fertilise with Tui Lawn Fertiliser (1-2 weeks prior to sowing), sow with a seed variety suitable to your needs.
Existing lawns - spray with Turfix to eradicate weeds and top-dress areas as required.
Happy Gardening and remember, our knowledgeable staff are always available for planting and pest/disease control advice and to ensure you use the right products for your requirements.