Care­ful when prun­ing - cold win­ter is on the way

Western Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

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.

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