There’s lots to do in the garden at this time of year. Here’s a list of jobs to do now.
- Complete hard yakka garden jobs, such as establishing new beds, laying pavers and building rock walls, while the weather is cooler.
- Dig out running grasses that are invading garden beds while they’re weakened by the cold.
- Take note of shrubs that bloom in midwinter so you can plan for year-round colour with your future plantings.
- Lightly trim conifers to improve their shape, but avoid cutting back into leafless wood.
- Look out for pots of winter iris (Iris reticulata) at garden centres now that they’re looking their best.
- Fertilise polyanthus with liquid plant food every two weeks to prepare them for a super show of blooms.
- Lift and divide clumps of rudbeckia, aster, achillea and other perennials.
- Prune protea after flowering by cutting the stems about 20cm below the spent blooms.
- Pinch dead flowers from bulbs that bloom early to prevent the formation of unwanted seed heads.
- Be diligent about protecting plants from snails in the cooler months when these pests are more active.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects this month, including how to re-pot a root-bound philodendron, in the July 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.