My Mum has been telling me that it has been really hot in Australia this month (which is fairly normal) so make sure that you keeps things quite simple in the garden. I recommend no new plants as it is unlikely they would survive the heat!
– Mulch all garden beds to conserve moisture.
– Buy Spring bulbs
– Apply rose spray
– Check Azaleas for lace bug. Spray with Confidor.
– Plant tulips and hyacinth bulbs
This month there are signs of the approaching spring, with bulbs appearing and birds and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. There’s plenty to do indoors this month, all in preparation for the season ahead. Outdoors, the garden is coming to life again, and its time to prune shrubs, such as Wisteria.
– Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover
– Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches
– Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off
– Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering
– Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting ‘in the green’
– Prune Wisteria
– Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges
– Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter