10 jobs to do now

10 jobs to do now

Even in the middle of winter, there are heaps of jobs to do in the garden. Here are 10 to get you started.

  1. Dig compost or old manure into empty beds to start preparing them for your spring planting.
  2. Prune ornamental grapevines, cutting back close to the main horizontal stems.
  3. Rake over ant-created soil mounds on the lawn surface, then spread the soil evenly through the grass.
  4. Tidy up indoor plants, removing dead leaves and flowers, and apply a neem spray to any that are badly infested with fluffy mealy bugs.
  5. Plant daphne, luculia, viburnum, wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) and nutmeg bush (Tetradenia riparia) to bring fragrance into the winter garden.
  6. Cut out dead or tatty leaves on ferns along with any that have become infested with pests such as scale.
  7. Apply liquid fertiliser fortnightly to speed up the growth of annual flowers, such as pansy, primula, wallflower, nemesia, cineraria and calendula.
  8. Remove dead flowers from proteas, pruning hard where necessary, but only cut back to wood with green leaves.
  9. Check bare branches and tree forks for borers, clear away the debris and use a piece of wire to skewer the borer in its hole.
  10. Dig out broad-leafed lawn weeds such as cudweed and dandelions before they get big enough to produce flowers and seeds.

You’ll find more than 50 gardening jobs or projects to do this month, including pruning and feeding sasanqua camellias, rejuvenating tired mint, and five ways to use excess citrus fruit, in the July 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.