garden in the
Warm up cooler days with pots of spirit-lifting pansies, poppies, primulas and violas. You can find them at a good price at the entrances to garden centres to lure in customers.
Prune roses and summerflowering deciduous shrubs. Plant new bare-rooted roses into well-composted soil that drains well, but not in the same spot roses have been planted in recent years. Eliminate the ugly look
of old sheds and fences by planting a showy creeper. A good one for Aussie plant lovers is Hardenbergia violacea, also called purple coral pea. Fertilise citrus trees to help them through the cooler months.
Start planting drifts of summer-flowering bulbs such as dahlias, gladioli,
bearded iris and liliums. A little work now will bring huge rewards later.
Lift and divide achillea, coreopsis, hellebores, heuchera, penstemons and chrysanthemums to increase your stocks of new plants and allow old ones to grow more healthily.
Treat hydrangeas to a dose of bluing agent (from nurseries) to turn them from pink to heavenly blue.
Aerate lawns by plunging a garden fork in and out. For clay soil, sprinkle lawn with a good helping of gypsum before winter rains are expected.
Prune fruit trees and spray with horticultural oil to prevent scale. If peach leaf curl has been a problem in the past, spray with a product containing copper oxychloride. Start checking for signs
of citrus gall wasps on lemon trees. They present as knobbly growths on trunks and branches – cut off with a sharp knife. Move smaller deciduous trees while in their winter dormancy period.