Winter News 2012

Garden Maintenance


In the cooler months the lawns don’t need mowing as often and most of our regular services have dropped back to monthly. Before November is the best time to book in a “garden maintenance day,” we will give your garden a good pruning so that all the old dead wood can be cleaned out to allow new growth for Spring/Summer. We can fertilize your lawn, poison and weed garden beds, and if you would like the adding of mulch, this can also be completed (see article below on the benefits of mulching).

Mulching

When you see a well-tended garden, you feel refreshed and at peace. The reason for this contented feeling is the green grass and brightly coloured flowers. However, to achieve that green garden look, some work is required. One of the best ways to help your garden to look healthy and green is giving it a good mulching compound.

Early Spring is the best time to mulch your garden in preparation for summer, allowing the mulch time to settle and the fertilizer to permeate the soil. Mulches are a layer of protective material that is placed around your plants and shrubs. They can be organic mulches or inorganic mulches. We can advise you on the type of mulching that will suit your garden.

Organic Mulches: are very similar in effect to pine needles and leaves that fall to the ground in forests. As organic mulches are of plant matter, they decompose over a period of time. This decomposed mulch helps to keep the soil moist and the plant roots cool, while keeping nutrients locked in. We do not recommend inorganic mulches like crushed stone, gravel and volcanic rock as they have a tendency to work their way into the soil. When this happens, you will have a bit of trouble getting them out when you need to do some digging.

Plants Of The Month

Native Hibiscus (Alyogyne huegelii)

A fast growing, open shrub to about 2m (6′) tall, grown mainly for its mauve, hibiscus-like flowers. It is long flowering, hardy, and attractive to native birds. It makes a wonderful colour feature in the winter garden, particularly when teamed with wattles. It can be kept bushy in cultivation with an annual prune, and will grow in most parts of mainland Australia, except for tropical and mountainous areas.

Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana)

A hardy, fast growing Australian native tree to around 6m (20′) tall. It has feathery, silver-grey foliage and fragrant, golden yellow flowers in late winter. It is attractive to insects and seed eating birds, and also makes a good windbreak or flower and foliage contrast plant. There is a cultivar called ‘Purpurea’, which has reddish purple new growth.


Spring Special Full Day – 2 Guys Garden Clean Up $770 Save $110 conditions apply.