Basic spring garden maintenance tips
Time for a spring garden maintenance check list.
Roses: If there is any sign of black spot or rust, spray the plants and the soil underneath with a solution of potassium permanganate mixed at 1⁄4 a teaspoon to a litre of non chlorinated water. Caution, this can stain walls temporarily.
Ideal rose food is horse manure or sheep manure pellets with blood & bone covered with purchased compost and a sprinkling of Rok Solid.
Once a month add a small sprinkling of Fruit & Flower Power. Bio Boost is also a good natural slow release fertiliser. Avoid soil damaging rose fertiliser and nitrophoska.
Always use nonchlorinated water by fitting a carbon bonded filter to the garden tap.
Jet spray any moss with Moss & Liverwort Control. It kills moss completely without damaging the grasses. Traditional sulphate of iron only burns the top of the moss which quickly comes back. For thatch problems, wait two weeks before spraying with Thatch Busta.
Bare patches can indicate root damage caused by grass grubs. Emerging shortly as beetles, they eat the foliage of several plants leaving holes in the leaves. Check plants for beetles after dark and spray with a mix of Key Pyrethrum and Wally’s Neem Tree Oil. Repeat nightly.
Other bare patches can indicate porina caterpillars. Spray lawns with Wally’s Neem Tree Oil to stop damage and starve the caterpillars. Treat every three months. Weeds:
Before they seed, weeds are an excellent soil asset. Goodness they take up can be returned.
Either pull them out, shake off the dirt and lay them on the soil surface to break down, or use a sharp knife to slice them just below soil surface. This leaves the roots in the soil to rot and provide food for the soil life without disrupting the beneficial soil fungi. Lay the tops on the surface and build up humus quickly by spraying with Mycorrcin. Citrus;
Sprinkle Wally’s Neem Tree Granules underneath from the trunk to the drip line, to counter insect damage.
Cover a good sprinkling of chook or animal manure (or sheep manure pellets plus blood & bone) in the root zone with compost. Once a month, add a sprinkle of Fruit & Flower Power.
A spray of Wally’s Liquid Copper with Raingard will help with any citrus diseases. If the tree is looking a bit sad add Perkfection Supa to the copper spray. For wet feet, treat with Terracin to suppress pathogens and help save the tree. Three weeks later spray the soil with Mycorrcin. Pip Fruit;
Apple trees are starting to flower. To foil codlin moth sprinkle Wally’s Neem Tree Granules from the trunk to the drip line. After fruit set, wrap some branches with crop cover, taped at the trunk end, with the overlap held with clothes pegs. Codlin and guava moths can’t lay eggs on the protected branches.
Spray the apples with Wally’s Neem Tree Oil and Raingard, and repeat every 10 to 14 days.
Spray pear trees with Wally’s Liquid Copper to control black coloured pear slugs.
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Get ready to deal to grass grub beetles, which attack the foliage of other plants as well as creating bare patches on the lawn.