Garden calendar September 2019
- Cymbidium orchids can be split and re-potted if they are becoming overcrowded in their current pot. Use a specialist orchid potting mix because these plants demand extremely free drainage.
- Repot indoor plants and use a top of the line mix such as Baileys Premium Potting Mix.
- If outdoor potted plants have been in the same mix for two years, this needs replacing. If you can move these plants up to a larger pot then do this with fresh potting mix. If not, use a bulb transplanter to excavate mix around the edge of the pot so you can add in some fresh potting mix.
- Graft apple, pear or nashi scions onto your existing trees to broaden the range of varieties on your home patch.
- Chokos can be planted now. Remember that they need a climbing support. Half bury the full fruit.
- Last chance to plant potatoes and peas.
- Gardenias are semi tropical plants so are about to get into their growing and flowering season. Trim to shape feed with Energy Garden and keep up the water for a great and fragrant spring show.
- Australian native plants hit their flowering straps in spring so plan to go to a wildflower show and drink in the local glories. If feeding your own Aussie plants use Baileys slow release Australian Native Plant Food.
- Continue to feed your vegetables right through the spring growing season using Baileys Energy Garden.
- Start feeding your lawn on a monthly regime. Baileys Energy Turf has a rich organic base and will give your lawn a light feed which has a natural slow releasing effect.
Pruning and Maintenance
- Prune Kangaroo paw flowers off to ground level when these are spent and starting to dry out. This keeps the bush looking fresh and encourages more flower spikes to grow.
- Cut back ornamental grasses such as purple fountain grass.
- Use hedge clippers to take off spent flowers of dianella before the new season flower spikes come through.
- Petal blight can wreck your azalea show. Pull spent blooms off by hand.
- Prune hibiscus by at least a third also removing any branches lying on the ground.
- Enjoy the blooms of flowering fruit trees such as ornamental peach and plum, by cutting stems for indoors. Reduce the length of the stem by 1 cm each day to extend their indoor life.
- Remove spent flowers of spring flowering bulbs so that they don’t waste energy on seed production. However it is important to leave the foliage as it continues to nourish the bulb and results in better flowering next year.
- The new season brings with it a new crop of weeds so time to get moving to eliminate these pests in garden beds and lawns.
- Evergreen summer flowering plants can be pruned to shape now including oleander, allamanda and dipladenia.
- The vegetable patch is likely to be bursting with garden fresh produce.
- This is the time to start harvesting asparagus yum.
- Be patient with your broad beans if there is lots of flower and not much in the way of beans. As the weather gets warmer and drier the pods will start to form. In the meantime, remember that the flowers are edible and add a lovely mild flavour to salads.
- Finger prune deciduous fruit trees by rubbing off the soft young shoots that are growing in the wrong direction.
- Make up a bamboo tripod for climbing beans, peas and even tomatoes.
- If couch or buffalo lawn has become spongy it’s the best time to give it the dethatching treatment. A vertimower - dethatcher will chop up the stem growth and toss it onto the lawn surface for raking off.
- Compacted soil produces poor quality lawn and needs to be aerated. Various forms of aerating equipment can be hired to make the job easier. If you use a coring machine, then immediately rake Baileys Lawn Reviver into the grass.
- Snails, slugs and caterpillars continue to wreak havoc so no letting up now on control measures.
- Aphids love new shoots of rose and hibiscus and can make a mess of this tender new growth. Jet these off with a spray of water. Do this daily the aphids tend to get sick of being dislodged and go elsewhere.
- Fungal diseases of roses can attack at this time of the year. Spraying with Triforine is the recommended control for black spot, rust and mildew.
- Start spraying grapes with wettable sulphur as soon as new shoots emerge to combat powdery mildew. If you experience this problem regularly then repeat spray every two weeks until harvest time.
- Turf fungal diseases are at their most virulent during moist warm conditions. Treat with Bayleton fungicide.