Garden Maintenance Tips

1. Soil

Check that you have the correct soil PH – It is well worth while to check your soils PH regularly, pay attention to what is going on below ground and it will help plants flourish.

2. Compost

Good quality compost is very important- Feed the soil and it will feed your plants. Compost should have good water retention and be absorbent.  Its PH should be between 7.5 & 6.5.  Add compost your garden every year around August but depending on soil quality, some gardens may need compost twice per year.

3. Fertiliser

Fertilise your plants every 6/8 weeks in the growing season

4. Turf Mowing

Set your mower to mow high to promote a lush green lawn – cropping too closely damages lawn structure.

5. Turf – Fertiliser

Fertilize every 6 / 8 weeks turf grows very fast when fertilized with a liquid fertilizer such as “Maxicrop” TIP but don’t rely on just a liquid fertilizer, it wont be enough to sustain the turf over long periods, 1 application of a granulated fertilizer per season should be enough.

6. Turf – Weeds

Keep the weeds out as a priority or they will take over the lawn – creeping oxalis can even take over Buffalo & Couch if left untreated.

7. Pests & Disease

Pest & disease are in high numbers this year due to the high humidity that Melbourne has been experiencing. Black spot on roses has been particular bad and hard to manage. Pest & Disease spraying may need to be repeated every week to gain control. Regular Spraying is part of a normal practise in a garden but make sure you handle the chemicals safely.

8. Planting

When planting new plants use a wetting agent such as Hydrotain or Saturaid. Wetting agents really work! They will help break down the soil and allow water to break the surface.

9. Water Saving – Water Crystals

When planting new plants (particular in summer or hot weather)  use water crystals in the bottom of each hole. When the soil runs out of water the plant will use the stored water in the crystals to get it by until it rains again.

10. Water Saving – Rain Sensor

Always connect a rain sensor to your irrigation control box. A rain sensor will over ride the control box if it has rained and the irrigation is due to come on.