June marks the start of the pruning time in
the garden, pruning is best done while summer fruiting and flowering plants are
in their dormant stage.
Don't forget to sharpen your secateurs and pruning saws
before commencing to prune. Jagged cuts provide a resting place for
diseased spores and make a greater area for the plant to heal. Clean blades by
using a moistened steel wool soap pad, Domestos is great for disinfecting the blades, remember
disinfecting the blade before moving to the next tree or shrub reduces the
spread of diseases.
Plant bare-rooted trees, we get
our stock of bare-rooted trees in the first week of June. Our range
consists of deciduous, ornamental and fruit trees to plant during
winter. Buying trees bare-rooted is the cheapest way to buy trees and
winter is a great time to plant.
Lemon trees should be planted in a sheltered
Fruit trees - Prune fruit trees
once their leaves have fallen. Apply their first spray after you have
Prune according to instructions that came with your plants. Rid the plant
of all dead branches and foliage, ask us for advice if you are not sure.
Prune wisteria when leave have fallen. Reduce the long trailing growths to two
or three buds.
After pruning, apply a fertiliser such as Seamungus to
help the bush prepare for it's flowering in Spring. Also mulch around the
bushes while you have easy access to the bush
- Assess the evergreen plant framework of your garden now the
deciduous trees and shrubs have shed their leaves and you have pruned summer
perennials back to the ground. Can it be improved? Look at this aspect of your
garden structure then decide whether to add winter colour.
Lawns - Treat with a Weed and Feed product. Apply
gypsum if you have clay soil. A good time to get your lawnmower serviced.
Get ready to fertilise for spring, in August op dress your lawn
with a nitrogen fertiliser such as sulphate of amonia, use about 30g per
Pests - Check for pests
after rain. A spray of soap and water which can be used for
dealing with aphids can be modified to deter harlequin bugs. Into 2
litres of water add 2 squirts of dishwashing liquid/soap add 2 tablespoons of
Weeds - Keep weeding, using an
organic mulch will suppress weed seed germination.
Frost - Check plants that are
frost sensitive, spray water on leaves before the sun reaches the plant
leaves, this can help prevent frost burn. Covering susceptible plants with a
sheet when below zero temperatures are forecast is a more reliable
Transplanting - Now is the time
to transplant deciduous plants if they are not growing well in their present
location. Steps you need to follow are:
- Dig the hole for the plant at the new
location, the hole needs to be twice size of the plants root system.
- Prune the plants branches or foliage by
one third (when you dig the plant out you will be leaving behind about one
third of its roots).
- Dig the plant out.
- Place the plant in the new hole.
- Mix some dynamic lifter with the soil
before you return the soil to the hole around the plant.
- Fill in the hole around the plant.
- Apply a liquid fertilizer to the
- Fill in the hole where the plant came from (or
plant an appropriate plant)
Tip - Native plants do not
Got a wetspot in your garden? Is it caused by
clay soil? Gypsum (used as a clay breaker) which can be spread on the area
involved. This does contain lime and should not be used where camellias,
azaleas, rhododendrons, citrus plants, grow.