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QHow many mls of Baileys vitaplant do I mix with 9 litres of water for new plants in the garden and for new plants in pots? Thank you.


Hi Jan, Thank you for your enquiry. the application rate is 20ml in 10 litres and applied over 10 square metres.  For your pots i would use the same amount just be mindful not to put too much into each pot.  Enjoy your vitaplant. Kind regards Simon Briggs

QIs soil improver plus a suitable mulch to topdress buffalo


Hi Michael,

If you need to add organic matter to your lawn a dressing of Baileys lawn reviver would be the way to go. Baileys lawn reviver stimulates the soil microbes and improves uptake of nutrients and water. a light dressing spread by using the back of a rake will ensure that you don't over cover your Buffalo. Lawn reviver is now avalable in Bunnings in a 30 litre bag.

Simon Briggs

QWhat is the best fertiliser to use for lettuces?


The best fertiliser to use on your lettuces now would be Baileys Energy Garden. this is an organic based fertiliser which will improve the soil as well as fertilising.

QHey, how long does it take 311 to work? I fertilized on Sunday where my lawn was becoming yellow. Yesterday it was still no change, Cheers


Hi Jay, Lawn fertilisers will take longer to react at this time of the year as the soil is still cold and we are experiencing cool night temperatures. Baileys 331+ would normally take 5-10 days to start showing some signs. Buffalo lawn will always look pale during the cooler months, this will pick up once the weather improves. If the lawn hasn't been treated with a soil wetter I would recommend an application of Baileys Grosorb this will make sure that the fertiliser that you are applying reaches the root zone. Regards Simon

QHow do I contact Baileys?


Our contact details are on the bottom of every page on our website.  Baileys has a team of sales, horticultural, scientific (our laboratory team) and gardening experts who are passionate about getting the best from Australian soils. We invite you to contact us about your gardening and project needs and learn how we can help you achieve optimal results.

QWhat is soil pH and why does it affect my garden?


Soil pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline your soil is. Soil pH is measured on a scale of one to 14. If your soil has a pH value of less than seven then you have acidic soil. If your soil has a pH value of greater than seven then you have alkaline soil. A pH value of seven is neutral, meaning you have neither acidic nor alkaline soil.

Knowing the pH value of your soil before planting is very important as it has a direct influence on the health of the plant. Each plant has its own recommended soil pH value range. The reason for this is that soil pH affects the availability of nutrients and plants have different nutrient needs. For example, the nutrient nitrogen, is readily available in soil when the pH value is above 5.5. Similarly, the nutrient phosphorous is available when the pH value is between 6 and 7. If a plant is placed into the wrong kind of soil it will be lacking in nutrients, promoting disease. In general, the best pH value range for soil is approximately 6 or 7 as this is the range in which most nutrients can be readily available.


QHow can I save water in my garden?


To maximise your water use in the garden it is particularly important to improve your soil structure, mulch in warmer months and apply a wetting agent to hydrophobic soils.

Baileys offer a range of Waterwise Approved products which are easily identifiable by their Waterwise Approved and Smart Approved Water Mark logos displayed on the packaging. These products are designed specifically for Australia’s challenging conditions and have proven water efficiency qualities, maintaining strong and healthy growth with less water use. The range includes Premium Potting Mix, Soil Improver, Moisture Mulch, Lawn Reviver, Grosorb and 3.1.1. Plus – the only lawn fertiliser in Australia to have this accreditation.

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QWhat is hydrophobic soil and how do I fix it?


Hydrophobic soil is a result of organic compounds forming a wax like coating over the soil particles. It is a common condition in Australia, where water does not infiltrate the soil after rainfall or irrigation. This condition occurs naturally in sandy soils with low organic matter, but can also be found in clay soils where these organic compounds cling to the finer clay particles. Hydrophobic conditions are also common in soils which are regularly tilled and as gardens and lawns become more established. Similarly garden pots, planters and hanging baskets are affected. When soil becomes water repellent it can cause issues such as run - off, erosion, loss of nutrients and reduced plant growth.

In turf, it is common to notice dry or dead patches particularly in warmer conditions. Other notable symptoms are water pooling on the surface during watering or, when watering gardens on hills or slopes, water running off the surface.

Using a wetting agent such as Baileys Grosorb will overcome these conditions. Grosorb is designed to assist water absorption, retention and movement through the soil.

QMy garden soil is very sandy. Do I need to improve it and how do I do this?


Improving your soil structure will enable it to hold onto nutrients and water more efficiently – vital when establishing and maintaining a great garden. To improve your soil structure we recommend applying Soil Improver Plus in a 50:50 ratio with your current garden soil and turning it well. Soil Improver Plus is a natural, organic compost suitable for all garden types which will replace organic material lost from the soil profile, improving structure, water retention and nutrient efficiency.

QHow much fertiliser do I use?


Different plants need different amounts of nutrients at different stages of their growth cycle. Our packaging will always specify a recommended application rate and it is important to follow this to avoid misuse. Filling an everyday container, such as a cup, with your fertiliser and weighing it can be a useful guide. Roughly, a good handful per square metre or 30 - 50 grams should do the trick when it comes to lawn fertiliser and all-purpose garden fertilisers.