AUGUST IN THE GARDEN
We love August in the garden with the flowers of magnolia, michelia, daphne, hellebores looking gorgeous, the fragrance of boronia in the air and the first exciting glimpses of spring.
Winter planting can continue throughout August. We have new season roses, fruit trees, magnolias, camellias, rhodo's and oodlles of other fantastic foliage and flowering plants to fill your garden with colour and texture.
Plant new season roses! Prepare the soil first by adding organic compost and plant with slow release fertiliser.
We have a large comprehensive rose selection. Be enticed by a New Release or choose an all time favourite. To view our 2018 Rose Collection click here.
Commence your regular spray programme as soon as the roses come into growth - this month spray with Grosafe Free Flo Copper and Grosafe Enspray 99 oil - to view our full Rose & Ornamentals Health Care Programme click here (or call in for a copy).
Plant perennials for spring and summer flowering - hellebores (Winter Rose), lavender, alstroemaria (great picking),Federation daisies, arctotis...
For instant colour plant your favourite annuals - polyanthus, pansy, lobelia (ideal for hanging baskets or borders), delphinium, viola, primula, sweet peas, poppies,dianthus, cineraria, stock ...
Replace potting mix, replant and fertilise.
Pots and hanging baskets filled with colourful flowers will brighten your patios and verandahs. We have a large selection of pots in many shapes and colours.
FUCHSIAS: time to prune.
Plant: potatoes, asparagus, garlic, shallots, lettuce, onions, spring onions, kale, celery, peas, beetroot, spinach, silverbeet, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower ...
Herb favourites - parsley, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, coriander, chives, garlic chives, dill, fennel, mint ...
Add more goodness to the soil when replanting - dig in iCan Real Blood and Bone, 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.
August shouldn't stop you from having salads - plant seedlings under a cloche or plant in a container with fresh potting mix and place in a warm sheltered spot.
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 - CITRUS - BERRIES
Plant a range of fruit trees and you'll enjoy fruit throughout the year:
Plums (the hard to get Luisa Plum is available now), apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears, including dual grafted.
Citrus - mandarins, oranges, lemons and limes.
Give them a sheltered spot with as much sun as possible. We have Tauranga's best quality fruit trees!
Plant strawberries in the garden bed, vege patch, hanging baskets or planter towers. For the best results plant into Daltons Strawberry Mix and fertilise regularly with Tui Strawberry Food.
Fertilise new and existing trees (citrus next month though) with a long term fertiliser and Tui Citrus Fertiliser (which is suitable for all fruiting trees).
Prune - Complete pruning of fruit trees - prune to a size suitable for your garden and to produce not only a good quantity but also a good quality of fruit. Prune feijoas, grapes, passionfruit vines and berry canes. Protect large stem cuts from disease by sealing with pruning paint.
Spray - 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 or come in for a copy of our "Fruiting Plants Health Care Programme" or click here
TREES & SHRUBS
Plant new trees and shrubs:
Magnolia's (choose your favourite from our lovely selection), rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, daphne, grevillea, leucadendron (fantastic for cut flowers and floral work), Pieris (Lily of the Valley), ericas (white, pink or red), Lilac's (fragrant flowers and very hardy) .....
For the birds plant - coprosma, corokia, five finger, flax, grevillea, kaka-beak, kowhai, pohutukawa, protea, rewarewa, viburnum and stunning waratah.
Maples look great in all gardens.
Plant new hedges. 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 new and existing trees and shrubs with a slow release fertiliser.
Fertilise acid loving plants with Tui Acid Fertiliser - camellia's, rhododendrons, azaleas, daphne.
Prune decidous trees to desired shape and size.
Prune hydrangeas to double buds and remove old wood. Hydrangea tip - sprinkle lime for pink flowers and aluminium sulphate (Tui Hydrangea Blue) for blue.
Trim and shape camellias as they finish flowering.
TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS
Beautifully shaped standards make spectacular landscape features - camellia, michellia, laurel ...
Dwarf fruit trees and citrus are ideal for the smaller garden and also grow well in pots and containers and yield an abundance of fruit.
Weeping maples are ideal when space is limited - Crimson Queen and Viridis will impress with their gorgeous form and colour.
Prunus Shimidzu Sakura is lovely with pink buds opening to double snowy white blooms - 4-5m.
Good soil, feeding and watering is the key to great plants, flowers, fruit and vege production.
Fertilise with the great liquid iCan Ocean Grow fish fertiliser or the Yates range of Citrus Food, Strawberry Food and Rose Food.
Slow release Novatec is ideal for trees, shrubs, palms, fruit and veges.
Protect frost tender plants with frost cloth at night or spray with Vaporgard. Vaporgard is an excellent organic product which is easily sprayed over foliage and provides up to 3 months protection.
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 - 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.
Apply Blitzem, Quash (if you have animals) or Baysol (long acting) to control slugs and snails - particularly around new seedlings.
Mulch to suppress weeds and keep plant roots warm with Tui Pea Straw Mulch or Daltons Mulch and Grow.
Fertilise lawns with an even application of Tui Lawn Fertiliser.
Treat mossy areas with Tui Moss Control.
PLANT OF THE MONTH!
Helleborous: These are perfect for shady spots, pots and even as indoor house plants. They will flower right through the winter giving dark shady spots under trees or in the shade of the house a welcome and cheerful brighten up. We have a fantastic variety this year – check out our “Flipping Book” (click on the link below).
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.