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Spring Jobs: September

Spring has sprung and the promise of new growth in the garden and stunning spring floral displays is exciting.

Here's a swag of jobs, tips, tricks and things to look out for in the garden this September


Photo - Robin Powell

Petrea volubilis, or purple wreath, pictured, is a woody climber with the wonderful habit of repeat flowering all through the warm months, starting with a big show in early spring. The tough leaves have a sand-papery texture, and the vine can get to 6m, but is easily pruned after flowering. Give it a sunny spot where winters aren’t too cold.

Feed spring bulbs to ensure plenty of energy for next year’s flowers. Make an exception for tulips grown in Sydney’s warm climate - they won’t be good next year, and are best composted and bought fresh next autumn.

Trim diosma as it finishes flowering.

As lawns spring into new growth, make sure any compacted areas have been aerated with a garden fork. Follow up with a fertiliser or soil tonic.

Feed the whole garden by spreading compost to a depth of about 5cm. If you run out of your home-made compost, use well-rotted cow manure to finish the job.

Plant lilium bulbs now for a summer show.

Check fruit fly traps and if fruit fly are present, start applying Eco-naturalure around target plants. Also apply around chook pens or compost heaps as the flies will be attracted by the protein sources in both.

Get set for summer salads by planting out seedlings of basil and parsley in compost-enriched soil in a sunny spot. Water regularly to get them well established.

Keep an eye out for the squiggly silver lines that indicate citrus leaf miner on lemons and oranges. Spray fortnightly with Eco oil or Pestoil to make the surface of the leaf inhospitable for adult moths looking for a place to lay their eggs.


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Author: Linda Ross