The Australian summers can be harsh and fills garden's with trepidation. Will the weather be unbearably hot? or dry? This time of year is all about utilising your outdoor areas for entertaining, the festive season and enjoying the holidays. In January, you should:
• Pick strawberries regularly and make sure the plants are watered well during dry periods.
• Prune roses and feed them with Brunnings Rose Food to help produce a wonderful autumn rose display. As new
growth appears, protect it with Brunnings Triple Action Rose Spray.
• Lawn clippings can be gathered and composted to make an excellent plant food. Add a bit of Brunnings Soluble Fertiliser
to the heap to encourage microbial activity.
• Move your hanging baskets into spots that are shaded in the afternoon to avoid them drying out.
• Encourage your lettuce to grow quickly by providing a healthy drink of water each week and using Brunnings Tomato and
Vegetable Food .
• Ensure you water your garden first thing in the morning while it’s still a bit cool. Plants absorb maximum moisture at this time
• Take cuttings of your shrubs such as azaleas, geraniums and passionfruit.
• Use Brunnings Easy Wetta over plants to protect them from sunburn and heatwaves.
• Aerate lawns after heavy rains using a garden fork. If necessary, treat acidic soils with Brunnings Lime.
Gardening Tips for February
• Buy and pot up some beautiful Flower Carpet Roses in our beautiful Gardman Hanging Baskets to make a long-lasting Valentine’s Day gift. Use a good quality potting mix such as Brunnings Eclipse Ultimate Growing Mix.
• Apply Brunnings Ready-To-Use Rose Spray regularly to control pests and disease problems such as powdery mildew and rust on your roses.
• Check your citrus trees for scale and leaf miner and treat them with Brunnings White Oil.
• Water plants deeply during dry periods. Deep watering trains roots to grow down, making plants less vulnerable to heat and drought. Use Brunnings Easy Wetta soil wetters to encourage moisture to penetrate the soil.
• Azalea leaf discolouration got you down? This is most often caused by the azalea lace bug. Eradicate lace bugs with Brunnings Triple Action Bug Kill
• Replace much that’s been washed away by the rain with Brunnings Pine Bark Mulch, which will help to smother weeds and retain moisture for your plants.
• Lawns can suffer from fungal diseases during this time of year. Regular fertilising with Brunnings Green Up Lawn Food will improve your lawn.
• Give your citrus trees a feed with Eclipse Control Release Fertiliser for Trees and Shrubs. The mixture contains Iron and Magnesium to help citrus leaves keep green all year long.
Gardening Tips for March
Autumn is the best time of year for planting new trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time to establish for the cool weather really takes hold.
Thicken up tired lawns and oversow with Brunnings Tough Lawn Seed or another fast to establish blend.
Stop weeds from seeding and taking control of your lawn by either pulling them out, smothering them or using Brunnings Feed ‘N Weed Hose On.
Take leaf cuttings of African violets and begonias. Pot them into Brunnings African Violet Mix.
Spray lawn grubs which can destroy entire lawns at this time of year with Brunnings Lawn Grub and Beetle Kill, which will control these pests and others from destroying you lawn.
April Gardening Tips
Check chrysanthemums for aphid attack. Spray with Brunnings Bug Kill.
Prepare new rose beds and deciduous trees by digging in a high quality organic compost such as Brunnings Garden Compost
Now is a good time to cut back perennials that have finished flowering and divide the established clumps for more coverage.
Spray annual weeds with Extra Strength Feed ‘N Weed before they go to seed. Chop off the existing seed heads on weeds and bag them up in the bin to avoid a weed outbreak.
Where soils are heavy, treat with Brunnings Lime or Dolomite. Mixing in some organic matter with also aid.
Plant trees and shrubs – April is one of the best months.
May Gardening Tips
A pot filled with an assortment of gardening goodies from our Gardman range makes a great Mother’s Day gift.
In cooler climates around Australia, move cold-sensitive hanging baskets into a more sheltered position.
Collect autumn fallen leaves, they make idea compost.
This is the last change to plant your spring bulbs.
When mowing your lawn, leave the grass a bit longer than usual to help it cope better with the cooler conditions.
June Gardening Tips
Keep your eyes open for summer flowering perennials. There are some interesting kinds available this time of year.
If your camellia buds don’t open properly, it may be that they are planted in the wrong position. This is a good time of year to move camellia plants to a more sheltered spot.
Plant up new roses, keeping a layer of thick straw around the base to protect the young stems in cold areas.
Feed your winter vegetables with Brunnings Easy Wetta Completer Garden Food to keep them growing well.
Before the sun hits their leaves in the morning, spray water generously over frost-sensitive plants to help prevent frost burn.
Looking for attractive deciduous trees for a smaller garden area? This is the perfect month for planting crabapples and crepe myrtles.
Get rid of lawn weeds with a selective weed killer such as Brunnings Feed ‘N Weed. Check the label carefully to make sure these products are suitable for your lawn and are selective weed killers. Choose Brunnings Buffalo Lawn Weed Kill for Buffalo Lawns.
July Gardening Tips
Plant or transplant deciduous trees now while they are at their most dormant.
Use Brunnings While Oil to control sap sucking aphids, woolly aphids and scale on your citrus plants.
Control Bindii in winter lawns by getting rid of it now with Brunnings Bindii and Clover Killer or suffer the barbs later in the season.
Feed your citrus towards the end of this month with Brunnings Food and Citrus Food or with Brunnings Triple Action Fruit and Citrus Food.
Control snails and slugs which are encouraged by the moist weather with On-Guard Snail Traps, Snail & Slug Barrier and Snail Gel.
August Gardening Tips
In frost-free areas, cut back impatiens, begonias and other summer flowering shrubs like gardenias, fuchsias and hibiscus.
Use Brunnings Weed ‘N Weed to control broadleaf weeds in lawns.
Fertilise your citrus with Brunnings Fruit and Citrus Food
Complete all major landscaping projects before the warm weather arrives. Brunnings Paving Mat makes your job easier.
Clean paths and garden furniture to prepare for summer entertaining.
Weed regularly around annuals and vegetables. This will help to reduce competition for water and nutrients.
Prune roses in cold climates.
Pinch back geranium and fuchsia tips to help encourage bushy growth.
September Gardening Tips
Feed azaleas as they finish blooming with Brunnings Azalea and Camellia Food.
Sow seed into bare patches in the lawn. Topdress to fill holes with Brunnings Marathon Lawn Patch.
Plant some natives to bring bird into your garden. Gardman offers a range of bird care products to keep the birds coming back.
Prune spring-flowering shrubs as soon as their flowering has finished.
Use a garden fork to aerate the lawn (push and pull the fork in and out of the soil) then follow up with a good feeding of quality lawn fertiliser like Brunnings Triple Action Lawn Food.
Renovate established lawns by raking out old, dead plant materials.
Spread organic mulch over all of your garden beds.
October Gardening Tips
October is a wonderful month for planting. Shrubs that are planted now will make maximum growth over the next few months.
Plant perennial petunias for long lasting garden colour.
Spread On-Guard Snail Gel around the base of your plants, especially during damp weather.
As spring flowering annuals come to a finish, clean up garden beds, fertilise and build up the soil for summer planting.
Apply Brunnings Easy Wetta around established plant and shrubs.
Prune your old, tired citrus trees, renewing much and feeding it with Brunnings Fruit and Citrus Food. Remember, if cut back too severely, the plant may not fruit again for a couple of seasons.
Sow all of your summer vegetables such as sweet corn, tomatoes, melons, zucchinis and beans as soon as the soil is warm enough.
November Gardening Tips
Dig Brunnings Gypsum and organic matter into clay soils to improve drainage.
Lightly cut back natives as they finish flowering.
Fruit fly is a problem in some areas, as fruit develops use On-Guard Mediterranean Fruit Fly Traps to keep them ay bay.
Use a good quality fertiliser such as Triple Action Complete Garden Food for all the plants in your garden.
Pot up beautiful Gardman hanging baskets with annuals for decorating summer entertaining areas.
December Gardening Tips
During Summer, black beetles emerge from holes in the lawn. Treat with Brunnings Lawn Grub and Beetle Kill.
Make arrangements for your garden to survive the holiday period. Add Brunnings Easy Wetta to your potted plants and garden beds that are most vulnerable to make sure they are well hydrated.
Scale insects breed at this time of year. Inspect plants carefully, especially susceptible varieties such as gardenias, lillypillies and citrus.
Watering in the morning will reduce risk of fungal disease. Brunnings Triple Action Rose Spray controls disease in roses and other ornamentals.
Train plants in good water habits by watering deeply and infrequently.
Clear away garden rubbish and clean out guttering to reduce fire risk.
Raise your mower height during warm weather – longer grass means cooler soil at the roots.