A little TLC in August will go a long way, giving your KZN garden a head start in preparation for a beautiful spring garden. Here are some essential late winter gardening tips:
Pruning is essential.
August is a great month for pruning, especially as we are expecting some late winter showers here in KZN. Get stuck into cutting back your ornamental grasses, fruit trees, roses and shrubs before the spring flush begins.
Once the job is done, remember to treat your lawn with a good application of Farmyard Organics Lawn Dressing and apply compost, mulch and bone meal where necessary. For your roses, use Farmyard Organics’ Rose Grow – a mixture of organic compost and bone meal that is the ideal treatment for growing all types of roses.
Feed your garden beds.
Now is the perfect time to prepare your beds for spring. If you are in Pietermaritzburg, get down to Blackwood’s Home of Gardening before 10 August to take advantage of their BIG promotion. Save R5 per bag of Farmyard Organics compost and top your beds with the best quality compost around.
Late winter to early spring is the best time to move plants, as there is very little growth at this time of year, which means no young roots will be disturbed/ damaged in the process.
Get down to weeding
Save yourself from hours of weeding in the humid KZN summer, by digging out weeds now. At this time of year the roots are still shallow making this task much easier- and less sweaty!
For some great advice on new plants and ideas for your spring garden, join us on 8 September at Gerald Schofield’s gardening talk hosted by Blackwood’s Home of Gardening in Pietermaritzburg. Don’t miss out on your chance to win one of three lucky draw hampers courtesy of Farmyard Organics!
Remember, besides being a fun and informative morning out, the R20 entry fee is donated to the Msunduzi Hospice each month.