November lawn and garden care

October 30 2014

With warmer weather on its way, now is the time to check your irrigation system to ensure its working correctly and efficiently.  Simple things such as cleaning out filters, repairing leaks or possibly changing the way you water your garden can make all the difference.  Consider installing a drip feed irrigation system or set up some mini-sprayers.

If you have a rain water tank with pressure pump running your irrigation system, you should think about testing your pressure pump to ensure it is in good working order.  Wallington’s offers a pump repair service, and can provide professional advice on the large range of pumps, water tanks and all the pipes and fittings you need to effectively irrigate.

It’s time to treat your lawn to a “weed and feed”.  As well as a nitrogen fertiliser to promote a healthy green lawn, this Yates product includes iron for selective control of most broadleaf weeds.  The iron rolls off the vertical blades of grass while giving flatweeds a relatively severe salt burn effect.

In the warmer weather you might start to notice an attack of lawn grubs.  Although they’re not too hard to eliminate, you need to be diligent.  These pests can consume up to 30cm of lawn overnight and lay plenty of eggs along the way, so if you notice and infestation – act early. There are a number of commercial pesticides that target lawn grubs and beetles, including Amgrow, which will do the trick.  You’ll need to reapply the treatment after 2 weeks, in line with the lawn grub’s lifecycle to make sure you eradicate any missed moths, eggs or grubs.

Embrace summer by planting clusters of colourful summer flowers like salvia, sunflowers, zinnias and marigolds. Encourage new growth in daisies and lavender by giving them a good prune.  Layer wood chip mulch over weeds before their summer seeding.

Transplant seedlings for all your favourite Mediterranean vegetables including: zucchini, capsicum, eggplant, chillies and tomatoes.  Plant seeds straight into the garden for: artichokes, asparagus, climbing beans, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, leeks and radishes.  It’s also time to plant your leafy salad greens like lettuces and rocket for a continuous summer crop.