Careful when pruning - cold winter is on the way
WITH daytime temperatures still so warm, it’s hard to believe winter is just around the corner.
But with rumours of a very cold winter coming, it is worth starting to think about frost protection in your garden.
We have frost protection cloth and sprays in store for this purpose. If any of your plants do get affected, don’t be tempted to prune.
Waiting until after the last frost of the season will reduce stress on the plant.
The damaged leaves and branches will also provide protection.
Our first frost of the season usually occurs at the end of May. Your lawn is also worth caring for now to ensure it maintains healthy and robust throughout winter. Coming into winter it is important to promote root growth by applying a fertiliser high in potassium. A lighter than normal application of ECO88 is our recommendation. A good tip is to also lift your mower blades a little over this period.
Lots of customers have been in recently to collect their winter seedlings of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
If you haven’t yet, you still have plenty of time with fresh seedlings arriving weekly on most Wednesdays.
Some plants we have in the nursery at the moment are: Frangipani, Pencil pines, Poinciana, Wisteria trees, Golden Rain trees, Broadleaf paperbarks, grafted grevillea, white plumbago, scented geraniums, chocolate cosmos and salvias. For the more adventurous there are also Bowen Mangos, Tumeric plants, Climbing Spinach, Tatsoi, Borage, Comfrey and Banana trees. Come into the store to browse or give us a call. We are happy to pack and send plants to our out-of-town customers.