Summer is just around the corner, and there’s lots to do to get the garden shipshape. Here are 10 jobs to get you started.
- Rake termite-attracting, woody mulches away from the walls of the house, and replace with gravel or terracotta chips.
- Check the deck or patio, and scrub off stains and mould, then re-oil or repaint if necessary.
- Move struggling indoor plants into a cool, shaded spot outdoors to give them a reviving summer holiday.
- Mow the lawn regularly, and trim the edges to prevent running grasses from invading the garden beds.
- Take cuttings of daphne, buxus and small-leafed grevilleas to propagate plants from the hardened new growth.
- Give lawns a summer feed with a slow-release lawn fertiliser.
- Prune off dead protea blooms, removing no more than 20cm of stem.
- Water all your plants with liquid seaweed to give them extra strength to cope with heatwaves.
- Turn off outdoor lights to stop them attracting the scarab beetles that chew leaves and spoil lawns.
- Propagate African violets by cutting off a leaf with its stem, then pushing it, stem first, into a small pot filled with African violet mix.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects this month, including tidying outdoors for the entertaining season, softening a compacted lawn, and rejuvenating a tired peace lily, in the December 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.