Yearly Archive: 2014

Happy New Year To You and Your Garden

December 26, 2014 TOP TIPS Plan your garden for the year. List the things you would like in your garden Cut pictures from magazines of gardens and plants you love Plan a spectacular rose garden Help an elderly neighbour with their garden or lawn Plan a family entertaining area you can enjoy next Christmas Start on your plans...
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Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas

December 19, 2014 TOP TIPS Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday on the 25th. Christmas Lilies either Asiatic or Oriental make beautiful decorations in your entertaining areas. Lilies need a slightly acid well-drained soil to do their best. Agapanthus are fabulously decorative this time of year Dead head roses and other shrubs for a final pre...
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The Colour of Summer

December 12, 2014 TOP TIPS To enjoy roses closer to Christmas prune later and deadhead often. Summer rose pruning time will be here soon. Lemons love summer too so plant in a warm spot to help them through winter Deal with ants and scale Remove lower branches on lemons and other fruit to stop damage from mower men,...
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Christmas party time

December 5, 2014 TOP TIPS Drainage is one thing you cant ignore plan it from the start of your garden. Research and seek help and advice before you commence a large or difficult project in your garden. If you cant fix the drainage easily think about your plant choices. Unique sculptures and water features can add drama and...
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Remember to Plant Trees

November 28, 2014 TOP TIPS Trees are vital to our survival one mature tree produces enough oxygen each year to keep 12 Ballarat residents breathing for 12 months. Trees and attractively landscaped shopping areas attract more investment, make shoppers spend more. Could planting and watering more urban trees help stimulate our economy. Trees can reduce your winter heating...
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Be inspired this weekend at Ballarat Gardens in Spring.

November 24, 2014 TOP TIPS Be inspired by the open gardens around the region this weekend. Summer is on the way so check your garden has heaps of mulch cover to help it through. Mulch keeps soil cool, reduces evaporation and reduces the growth of weeds which take water from your plants. Careful mulching around iris to limit...
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Christmas Preparations

November 21, 2014 TOP TIPS Water at least daily during the summer Apply fertiliser every two weeks for sustained growth and flowering Continuously dead head for the best growth and blooms Put the container in a sunny or shady position to suit the plants Replant at the end of summer for a great winter display Top up with...
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Spring Pruning

November 14, 2014 TOP TIPS Take care when using chemicals in the garden so you don’t have unintended consequences Prune spring flowering shrubs for more blooms in spring Consider overall shape of shrub so stand back often to look. Rule of thumb is prune when flowers finish Weigelas bloom on wood grown in summer so winter pruning removes...
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Hedges or Screens both need mulch?

November 7, 2014 TOP TIPS Hedges or screens can be great to give privacy and protection. Make appropriate choices for your screen or hedge Hedges tend to be more formal, screens more natural. Use the 3 to 1 rule when planting your hedge. Mulch your hedge well once you finish planting. Apply a good thick layer of mulch...
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Spring

October 17, 2014 TOP TIPS Go for a walk this week and enjoy the fragrances of spring gardens The best way to beat weeds is with persistence. Echium Candicans have large blue purple or pink spectacular flower spikes Echium Cobalt tower is a really dramatic plant worth a look. Dead head and pinch out flower spikes as they...
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