A good time to fertilise
WELL, spring has arrived and bought with it beautiful mild days and the promise of more to come. Dormant trees and roses are bursting into new growth and blossoms are appearing everywhere you look. As the weather warms up and plants are gearing up for a big growth spurt, now is the time to feed your garden. There are many options with fertilisers, but this task doesn’t have to be complicated. There are some plants that need a specific fertiliser, natives for example, but most plants will appreciate a complete feed at this time of the year. It is important to read the instructions on whichever fertiliser you choose so the plants will get the most out of it and not get burnt or over fed. Yes - you can over fertilise. Native pants do not like fertiliser that is high in phosphorus so it is important to use a specific fertiliser in this case. At the end of winter, citrus trees often look ‘dull’. They may have light green leaves sometimes with yellow veins. This is sure sign that your tree is deficient and needs magnesium. Most citrus fertilisers will have the correct balance of trace elements the tree needs. Mulch and water the tree well after fertilising. Keeping the tree well watered is just as important as feeding it. A citrus tree suffering from being dry will prematurely drop fruit or produce dry fruit lacking flavour. Fruit trees are beginning to blossom which means it won’t be long before you start seeing tiny fruit forming. Feed the tree now with a complete feed, keep it well watered and mulch around the base, making sure to keep the mulch clear of the trunk. Start putting out fruit fly traps. If you have had problems with coddling moth in your apples, it is important to put strategies in place to help prevent them infecting your fruit again. There are a few options for treatment so come down and see us at the nursery to discuss which best suits you. If you have large garden beds with a variety of plants in them it is easier to use an organic pelleted fertiliser that specifies on the label that it is suitable for all plants, including natives. There are many jobs to enjoy in the garden at this time of the year not, just fertilising, but I will chat about them next time. Happy gardening.
◆ JUICY: Find the right fertiliser for your citrus tree is essential to growing ripe, useable fruit. with Mandi McDonald GARDENING SPECIALIST