Top 10 jobs to do now

Top 10 jobs July 2020

There’s lots to do in the garden at this time of year. Here’s a list of jobs to do now.

  1. Complete hard yakka garden jobs, such as establishing new beds, laying pavers and building rock walls, while the weather is cooler.
  2. Dig out running grasses that are invading garden beds while they’re weakened by the cold.
  3. Take note of shrubs that bloom in midwinter so you can plan for year-round colour with your future plantings.
  4. Lightly trim conifers to improve their shape, but avoid cutting back into leafless wood.
  5. Look out for pots of winter iris (Iris reticulata) at garden centres now that they’re looking their best.
  6. Fertilise polyanthus with liquid plant food every two weeks to prepare them for a super show of blooms.
  7. Lift and divide clumps of rudbeckia, aster, achillea and other perennials.
  8. Prune protea after flowering by cutting the stems about 20cm below the spent blooms.
  9. Pinch dead flowers from bulbs that bloom early to prevent the formation of unwanted seed heads.
  10. 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.