August in the Garden
There are stirrings in the garden because word has spread that spring is just around the corner.
August Garden Plan...
Finish rose pruning this month if you havn't already done so. Once pruned, give them a clean up spray with Lime Sulphur.
This will help reduce fungus and rot on stems and new emerging foliage.A good product to use is YATES Lime Sulphur or AMGROW Lime Sulphur.
Always spray in good weather conditions, and give the rose bushes a generous amount. Wear gloves while spraying and be carefull not to breathe in the spray.
A tip for pruning Roses.....
Always use sharp secateurs, blunt ones dont cut,they tear the stems instead which can do more damage to the plant than wrong pruning. Always cut out dead stems.Try and open up the centre of the bush, so there's more air circulating.
Look out for any water shoots – these are an olive green or even pink colour – and are absolutely essential. Take care of the water shoots because these are the young growth and this is where the rose will have its flowers.
Just prune it lightly, so it will shoot out and produce more flowers. For example it leaves the stems
open to rot and die back as the damaged ends dont heal and seal off properly. For climbing Roses train the canes to a horizontal position, you will achieve more
flowers along the length of the cane rather than just on the ends. When they have flowered cut back to one or two shoots for repeat flowering.
Controls a range of fungus diseases including Black Spot , Powdery Mildew, European Red Mite, San Jose Scale Vine Leaf Blister Mite, Bunch Mite , Freckle,
Leaf Curl, Rust and Tomato Mite. Recommended as a clean-up spray for roses during the dormant season after pruning to control powdery mildew and mites.
It is used primarily in the dormant season.
Do you have Citrus trees?? Well now is a good time to give them a boost with Citrus fertiliser. When it comes to giving citrus trees tender loving care
there are a few basic principles – and one of the most important is adequate nutrition.
Citrus trees are gross feeders - that means they need to be fed in July, November and March with a good citrus and fruit tree fertiliser. Give them 125 grams
for every year of the tree's age at each of the applications. But when the tree gets to about 10 years old or older it needs 1 1/4 kg of fertiliser. Spread
the fertiliser evenly around the drip zone, water in and the tree will power away.
Even with regular fertilising the leaves might still show symptoms of iron deficiency. This is evident when the leaf veins stand out dark green and the tissue between turns a pale green, yellow or even white. To correct this and other deficiencies, add trace element mixture around the base of tree.
If the fruits are sour there is a simple way to sweeten them. Sprinkle about six handfuls of sulphate of potash around the tree and then water in with two
teaspoons of Epsom salts mixed into 10 litres of water.Taste-test citrus before harvesting. Some varieties colour well early in the season but it can be months
before they are sweet enough to enjoy.
There are a few pests that attack citrus and one of the most common is the citrus leaf miner.
It's not life threatening, but it will reduce the yield. Look out for silvery trails in the leaf - that's made by the miner and it distorts the leaf.
Spraying with a white oil preparation will soon control that. We recomend to use Richgro Fruit and Citrus fertiliser.
Got weeds?? Use Weed 'n' Feed or bindii killer to control broadleafed weeds in lawns. Amgrow Bin-Die is a selective lawn weeder, which means its safe to use
on your lawn while it selectively kills weeds like Bindii, Clover, Dandelion, Thistles, Creeping Oxalis etc. Products like Yates Zero, Roundup, Gard and Grow
Glyphosate weed killer, Pestmaster Broad spectrum Herbicide and Amgrow Glypho 360 all have the same ingredient and all do the same thing- kills unwanted weeds
and grasses around the home, most plants it comes into contact with it will kill so these products are better used on driveways, footpaths,
garden beds, rockeries and areas where no weeds or grass is wanted.
What to plant this month in the patch and garden....
Dianthus, Snapdragon, primrose, Primula, Pansy, Panola, Viola, Stock, Allysum, Lobellia, Petunia, Bellis, Marigolds, Coreopsis, Calendula, Ageratum,
Erigeron,Amaranthus, Coleus, Poppy, Nasturtium,
Brocolli, Winter Iceberg Lettuce, Leek, Brown Onion, Red Onion, White Onion, Shallots, Silverbeet, Spinich, Baby Spinich, Bok Choy, Pak Choy,
Beans, Peas, Carrots, Cellery, Kale, Endive,
Come in and see the team at Viberts Mitre 10 Garden Centre for tips and advice on your gardening needs.