Gardening Tips for the Month from the VIP Team & the Garden Gurus!

By: VIP TREES, HEDGES AND GARDENS  19-May-2013
Keywords: Garden Maintenance, Property Maintenance, Garden and Lawn Care

What to do in your Garden this month – hot tips from Garden Guru, Kim Syrus • Citrus trees should be sprayed for scale and check for citrus leaf miner and citrus gall wasp. Remove and destroy any gall infected limbs. • During heavy rain showers lawns should be checked to ensure proper drainage. Lawns in low lying areas will drown, time to spread gypsum and aerate. • Strawberries can be planted. Make sure the beds are adequately drained and mulched in the southern states while Queensland and northern New South Wales plant runners in March. • Spread gypsum over the garden to aid drainage, especially in clay soils. • Camellias and Azaleas will do well if planted at this time of year. • Dahlias can be lifted—but only after their foliage has yellowed and died. • Watch for out for hungry snails and slugs on the move, be careful when applying bait, scatter lightly and never leave in a pile. If you want an ‘organic’ way to deal with these pests, place a dish at soil level and fill with beer – full strength is definitely the best. Empty out in the morning, along with the hung over snails and slugs and refill. Keep this up and you’ll reduce their numbers in no time. • Mummified fruit should be removed from trees to avoid infection from brown rot spores. • Pome and stone fruits should be sprayed with a copper based spray or lime sulphur at leaf fall. Yates ‘Liquid Copper’ doesn’t need agitating and won’t block your spray nozzle. Happy Gardening!

Keywords: Garden and Lawn Care, Garden Maintenance, Grass Cutting, Hedge Trimming, Property Maintenance

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