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Christmas is coming, and the fast-approaching festivities mean barbeques, family gatherings and lots of outdoor entertaining to soak up our beautiful WA weather.
But is your garden ready for all the action? If not, relax, we've brought together our top tips for a great looking garden quickly. Now's the time for action, before the weather gets too hot.
Green Up Your Lawn
The lawn provides the backdrop to any great Aussie garden and is usually the place family and kids congregate for the token game of backyard cricket. If it's a bit patchy or dull give it a boost now with a high nitrogen fertiliser such as Baileys Brilliance at a rate of 25 grams per square meter. Mow at least every second week, keep it regularly watered and feed again in 4 weeks.
Between granular feeds, liquid fertiliser sprayed on the turf leaf (known as foliar feeding) can be utilised to deepen and extend colour and take your lawn to the next level. Try Baileys new TURFECT Rapid Green and enjoy noticeable results within 6 hours! Formulated specifically to produce deep green colour quickly, without growth, TURFECT Rapid Green provides a readily available source of iron and manganese - the nutrients responsible for chlorophyll production. Apply 5ml per square metre diluted in 50ml of water. For more information on foliar feeding and the new TURFECT Range read our Blog here.
A common problem of Perth's sandy soils is water repellency (hydrophobicity is the technical term you may see), which often presents itself in lawns during late spring and summer as dry or dead patches. Apply a quality wetting agent to prevent or correct this and make sure your irrigation is ending up where it's meant to be. Baileys Grosorb is best applied at a rate of 60g/m2.
Mulch covers up a multitude of sins and has a huge impact on the look of garden beds. Spruce tired soils up with a quality, pine bark based landscaping mulch such as Baileys Moisture Mulch and plants will pop against this dark background. Mulching pots is also a good idea.
Not only does mulch look great, it also plays a vital role in a water wise garden. Exposing topsoil to the sun causes significant moisture loss through evaporation. This crucial thin layer of soil must be protected, maintained and nourished. A water-wise layer of organic mulch achieves this, assists your garden through stressful summer months and reduces weeds. Aim to apply to a thickness of 50mm.
Prune and Tidy up Plants
Cut back annuals or perennials that have finished flowering and tidy up scruffy or damaged branches and out of shape hedges.
Prune 'once a year' flowering roses, including weeping standards, spring-flowering proteas and pincushion flowers and trim early spring flowering plants such as rosemary, Chinese lantern, Geraldton waxflower, Wisteria and Geranium. Removing spent flowers not only makes plants look neater, it'll keep them compact and encourages more flowers next year.