APRIL IN THE GARDEN
Autumn is a wonderful time to be in the garden and is the best time of year for planting. Planting now will give you stronger and bigger spring growth, root systems will develop over the winter months, there's less watering and fewer pests and diseases. It's also a lovely time to be tending to maintenance jobs around your garden before the cold weather sets in.
Plant spring bulbs in garden beds, containers or hanging baskets - 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 colour from early winter right through to the end of summer.
For tips on having a fantastic show of flowering bulbs click here.
Note: tulips will flower best if the bulbs are placed in the fridge for 4-6 weeks prior to planting.
Plant new annuals. Remove summer annuals that have now finished flowering and plant new seedlings for spectacular colour in your winter garden - Cineraria, pansy, viola, primula, Polyanthus, stock, poppy, snapdragon, dianthus, ornamental kale ...
Plant perennials - so many gorgeous colours and forms - mini byclamen, alstroemeria, penstemon, gaura so white....
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.
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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ARRIVING SOON! We have New Season's Azalea's and Camelia's. Beautiful colours, but make sure to plant in semi-shade or the morning sun!
Continue planting for winter kitchen garden harvests:
Lettuce, spring onions, onions, spinach, silverbeet, carrots, broadbeans, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, rhubarb, beetroot, leeks, snowpeas ...
Herb favourites - parsley, rosemary, sage, oregano, chives, thyme, coriander, dill ...
Add more goodness to the soil when replanting - dig in ican Real Blood & 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.
Plant green crops of mustard, oats or lupin in areas of the vege garden that will not be used over winter.
To view our Vegetable Plants Health Care Programme click here or call in for a copy.
FRUIT AND CITRUS
Plant a range of fruit trees and berries and you'll be rewarded with fresh healthy fruit throughout the year. Remember the saying "the best time to plant a fruit tree was 5 years ago, the next best time is NOW".
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.
Persimmons are fruiting and are a great addition to the home garden as a handsome fruiting tree.
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/download
TREES & SHRUBS
Plant new trees and shrubs - Autumn is natures natural time to plant!
If you love gorgeous autumn colours - Maples, Golden Elm, Albizia, Dogwood, Liquid Amber, Ginkgo and Oaks are spectacular.
Plant new hedges and trim exising hedges before frosts damage new growth.
Fantastic hedging plants are Japanese Box, Camellia Setsugekka, 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).
Fertilise azaleas, camelias and rhodendrons with Tui Acid Food.
Fertilse new plantings with a good general fertiliser.
TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS
Standards make spectacular landscape features - camellia, michellia, laurel - all beautifully shaped standards.
Dwarf fruit trees and citrus are ideal for small gardens and also grow well in pots and yield an abundance of fruit.
Weeping maples are ideal when space is limited.
Cercis Forest Pansy
Flowering Crab Apple - they look stunning with 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.
Fertilise 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 topdress areas as required.
Feed existing lawns and new lawns (once germinated) with Scotts Slow Release Lawn Fertiliser.
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.