Top 10 To-Do List in Spring
Here’s your lawn and garden checklist, a quick last-minute reminder for spring…
Spring’s Top 10 To-Do List
- Fertilise and coring lawns – spring is the best time of the year to oxygenate and feed your summer active lawns. As the soil temperatures rise, plant food becomes readily available and oxygen boosts healthy growth.
- Liquid Humate watered onto soil or turf will promote healthy microbial life in soil. This in turn makes your soil much healthier and helps increase nutrient uptake to plants.
- Spray eco oil on citrus trees to protect from leaf miners, white fly, aphids and two-spotted mites.
- Fertilise roses, citrus trees and garden plants. As citrus trees produce lots of flowers and burn up lots of plant nutrients, they will benefit from small six-weekly feeds of a variety of different fertilisers from September throughout the growing seasons.
- Plant the seedlings. A great time to see what’s in season and get an early start.
- Final copper spray on stone fruit before blossom tipping. Be careful once the flowers open, the copper will burn all your flowers off.
- Look for peach aphids on peaches and nectarines and spray if detected. This can look like a grey webby mess on your tree. If you can’t get your hands on a good aphicide, grab some long-life pyrethrum and spray a couple of times.
- Apply African Lawn Beetle six-monthly residual treatments now. Try to keep away from the cheap heavy-duty chemicals that are detrimental to your soil flora.
- Gaul wasp protection from the beginning of September to mid-October. Your best choice is to apply kaolin clay over the entire canopy of your citrus trees and re-apply if heavy rain washes it off.
- Check your irrigation system is running smoothly. Ensure that it has no faults signalling on the controller panel and no leaky pipework or connections. Make sure that it is all ready to run with full efficiency when the heat is on.
Not sure? Call me for a full inspection and report.