GAR­DEN AD­VICE

Homes+ (Australia) - - MY BACKYARD -

WEEK 1

Trim off old aza­lea blooms af­ter flow­er­ing. This en­cour­ages spot flow­er­ing, healthy bushy growth and lim­its petal blight dis­ease.

WEEK 2

Let bulbs die down nat­u­rally (don’t cut off brown fo­liage) and feed now to boost next year’s blooms. Plant sum­mer bulbs like lil­i­ums, bel­ladon­nas and hip­peas­trums.

WEEK 3

Plant petu­nias, salvias, be­go­nias and phlox now for flow­ers in 6–8 weeks – and un­til af­ter Christ­mas if you trim blooms as they fade.

WEEK 4

Pre­pare lawns for lush sum­mer growth: use a slow re­lease, lawn­spe­cific fer­tiliser, aer­ate with spiky lawn aer­at­ing shoes – or hire a ma­chine – and wa­ter well.

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