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MAY IN THE GARDEN

Autumn is "nature's natural time for planting" so revamp/replant now.  By planting now you'll be rewarded with stronger and bigger spring growth, root systems will develop over the winter months, there's less watering and fewer pests and diseases. With oodles of fantastic foliage and flower colour ready for your garden now, autumn is far from dull.

FLOWER GARDEN
For gorgeous autumn/winter flowers plant rhododendrons, azaleas, Pieris (Lily of the Valley), camelias, daphne ... all are looking stunning now!

Plant spring bulbs (there's still time) - we have top quality bulbs - daffodils, freesia, tulips, iris, anemone, ranunculus ...

Remove summer annuals that have now finished flowering and plant new annual seedlings for spectacular colour in your winter garden. The colours and varieties are many - pansy, viola, primula, polyanthus, sweet peas, stock, poppy, snapdragon, dianthus, cineraria ...

Plant perennials  - Cyclamen, Dianthus 'Memory',  Alstromeria,  Scabiosa, Lions Tail (Leonotis), Lily of the Valley ...

Hanging baskets or pots filled with colourful flowers will brighten your patios and verandahs over the winter months. We have a large selection of pots in many shapes and colours. 

Trim perennials by at least a third, as they finish flowering.

Roses should now have been given their final deadhead before leaving them to "winter".

NEW SEASON ROSES ARRIVING EARLY JUNE - order now!  Click here to view our  2020 Rose Collection.

KITCHEN GARDEN
Remove old seeded veges and herbs and replace/replant.

Continue planting for winter kitchen garden harvests:

Winter lettuce, onions, beetroot, spinach, silverbeet, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic bulbs, shallot bulbs, kale, spring onions, pak choi, wong bok, tatsoi, cavolo nero (black palm cabbage), celery ...

Herb favourites - parsley, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, lemongrass, chives ...

Add more goodness to the soil when replanting - dig in ican Real Blood & Bone or Ican 100% Organic Vegetable Food, sheep pellets, compost or vege mix.

ican Ocean Grow is a fantastic liquid fish fertiliser which can be applied regularly and will really get your veges growing.

Remove old seeded veges and herbs and replace/replant.

To replenish soil nutrients and improve soil structure plant green crops of mustard or lupin in areas of the vege garden that will not be used over winter.

A greenhouse is great for growing your favourite veges all year round - come and see the top quality range of Winter Gardenz Greenhouses we have available.

To view our 
Vegetable Plants Health Care Programme click here or call in for a copy.

FRUIT AND CITRUS
Plant feijoa's - to get the best crops plant several named varieties together - this way they will pollinate one another and you will increase your fruiting period and yield.

If you haven't already done so, 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 view.

TREES & SHRUBS
Plant new trees and shrubs - Autumn is natures natural time to plant! Stake and tie for support if required and fertilise with slow fertiliser tablets.

If you love spectacular autumn colours plant Maples, Dogwood, Liquid Amber, Golden Elm, Ginkgo, Oaks ...

Plant new hedges and trim existing hedges before frosts damage new growth.

Fantastic hedging plants are Japanese Box, Camellia Setsugekka, Corokia, Teucrium and NZ's favourite Griselinia Broadway Mint!

Box Hedging - spray 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).

Fertilise azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with Tui Acid Food (if not done last month).

Fertilise new plantings with a good general fertiliser.

TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS
Standards make spectacular landscape features - camellia, michellia, laurel...
Weeping maples are ideal when space is limited.
Cercis Forest Pansy
Flowering Crab Apple look stunning and have luscious bright red fruit which are great for jellies and preserves.
Dwarf fruit trees and citrus are ideal for small gardens and also grow well in pots and yield an abundance of fruit.

GENERAL / MAINTENANCE
Good soil, feeding and watering is the key to great plants, flowers, fruit and vege production.

Fertilise with liquid ican Ocean Grow fish fertiliser or Ican Fast 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 & Ornamental 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.

LAWNS

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 topdress areas as required.

Feed existing lawns and new lawns (once germinated) with Scotts Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser.

We have Lawn Boy Sprayers for hire for fast and easy spraying - ideal for big or small lawns.

THIS MONTH'S FEATURE PLANT



 
 
 
 
              
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EXCLUSIVE TO DECOR GARDENWORLD
Cordyline “Pink Passion”
We are excited to have this outstanding cordyline exclusive to us in the BOP.
“Pink Passion” is a vibrant pink foliaged cabbage tree which has a lovely purple-grey centre to its fronds. These glow in the sunshine and will make a dull spot in the garden or pot, beam with colour. They enjoy a nice sunny spot or part shade.



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.  Feel free to contact us through our website with any questions you might have.