August Garden Check List
Spring is just around the corner! It is a great time to get the garden tools out of the shed and get a head start on planning and creating your fabulous spring garden.
For instance colour plant your favourite seedlings like Viola, Polyanthius, Alyssum, Poppy, Cornflower, Gypsophila, Hollyhock and Carnations.
Protect seedlings from slugs and snails with pellets.
Sow your favourite seeds like Alyssum, California Poppy, Chrysanthemum, Marigold, Sunflower, Zannia and other summer flowering favourites. These can get planted directly into your garden as soon as the weather warms up.
Plant Gladioli, Dehila and Begonia tubers for summer flowering.
Feed trees and shrubs with a long term controlled release fertiliser, sprinkly around drip line and then water in well.
Weed and dig in compost and general garden fertiliser to prepare garden beds for spring planting.
Plant up containers with new season flowering annuals like Marigolds, Snapdragons, Lobella and Dianthus.
Plant Rhododendron, Camelias, Hellebores, Azaleas and Daphne while conditions are still cool.
Trim and shape up your blooming Camelias that have finished flowering.
Plant new roses in rich, well-drained soil with plenty of compost. Fertilise when planing.
Complete rose pruning in time for spring growth. Spray now to protect new growth from pests and diseases.
Prepare the garden for spring planting by digging in generous helping of compost and add Lime to improve soil structure.
Sow seeds of Tomatoes, Cabbage, Celery, Spring Onion, Onions, Silverbeet, Spinach, Melons, Cucumbers, Capsicum and Lettuce in seedling trays ready for transplanting later.
In warmer districts sow directly into the soil, Carrots, Parsnips, Beetroot, Peas and Radish. In a cool climates sow Parsnip, Turnips, Swedes, Peas and Broad Beans.
Purchase your seed Potatoes and place them in a tray in a sunny position for at least a month before planting. Plant out in the garden in a large plastic pot or in a planter in a warm and sheltered position when the sprouts on the seed potatoes are 2-4cm long.
Plant Asparagus crowns directly into the garden. For best results plant in well draining soil rich in organic matter.
Now is the time to plant strawberries - getting them in early will not only give you more fruit but you will get fruit earlier too. Add a clean layer of Pea straw mulch around the plants to deter pests and to keep berries up of the dirt. Allow for 5 plants per person to ensure there is enough delicious fruit for everyone at harvest time.
Plant new Rhubarbs plants and lift and divide any established ones.
Protect winter crops of Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage and Broad Beans with Copper Oxycholride. Spray every 14 days to prevent fungus diseases and bacterial blight spots.
Plant seedlings of Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Broccoli, Silverbeet and Spinach.
Protect seedlings from slugs and snails with pellets which are safe around pets and kids.
If your fruit trees had any issues with brown rot or fungus last summer, now is the time to spray with Copper Oxycholride which controls a wide range of fungal and bacterial diseases. Spray at leaf fall, bud burst and at the green tip stage for best results.
To control sooty mould, mites, aphids and white fly on fruit and citrus trees, spray with a bug oil spray. The oil will effectively smoother the pests and their eggs to protect your plants. A low toxic option.
Plant new citrus, blueberries, bramble berries and delicious fruit trees.
Fertilise all fruit trees to ensure you get a bumper crop. Spread evenly over root zone and water in well, taking care to keep fertiliser away from the trunk to prevent damage.
Plant new season herb plants directly into your garden or pots.
Around the House
Re-pot, tidy and feed indoor plants, hanging baskets and patio pots.
Evenly apply lawn fertiliser to stimulate new growth.
Moss can be a problem in poorly drained or shady areas of lawn. Improve lawn drainage by raking the area thoroughly and apply a solution of Sulphate of Iron (10g per square meter) to kill moss.