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Selwyn Times: November 01, 2016

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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 1 2016 29 Gardening The start of a blooming garden THE JOY of spring is that there are plenty of jobs to do in the garden, especially now the soil is warming up. Towards the end of October, early season varieties of strawberries will begin to ripen. Check plants regularly for signs of grey mould (botrytis), and remove any affected leaves and fruit. Add pea straw, hay or clean bark mulch around the plants to provide a clean ‘nest’ for developing strawberries. Raspberries, boysenberries, loganberries and blackberries should be growing at a very fast rate as we move through the month. Train canes on a wall or a wire framework. It may be necessary to remove some surplus canes where growth is exceptional. Mulch with compost to suppress weeds and conserve soil moisture, and fruit and berry fertiliser. Lawns are now in very active growth and require regular mowing. Fertilise with lawn fertiliser and repeat every four to six weeks. This is the last month for ‘easy’ laying of a new lawn or for patching and existing lawn. It’s a great time to plant up your container gardens with ornamental annuals, perennials or herbs, and even small green salad veges. Always start with fresh container mix and ensure the containers are well drained. Summer annuals that thrive in containers include dwarf cosmos, marigolds, petunia, portulacas, salvias and zinnias. If you are establishing a new herb garden or restoring an existing one, try and position the herb garden close to the kitchen so it’s easy to access. Ideally, herbs prefer a sunny, well-drained position. You may need to plant more of the herbs you frequently use for example basil, chives, parsley. Roses will now start coming into their own. The first blooms are the best display of the year before the dreaded blackspot and rust appear. Fertilise them every four to six weeks with rose fertiliser as this enhances regular and ‘strong’ flowering. Mulch with compost to help retain soil moisture and ‘dead head’ (the removal of old flowers) regularly to help promote continuous flowering. MAINSCAPE Garden Supplies “Making your great outdoors greater” free Hire trailer We deliver 6 days a week or pickup from our yard Mon & Fri 8am–5pm, Sat 8am–3pm Eftpos available Call us on 021 241 7908 1543 Springs rd, lincoln See our range of products on our website www.mainscapegardensupplies.co.nz The magazine for gardeners who like To geT Their hands dirTy www.gardener.kiwi 100% Weed, Water & Mulch LET’S GET GardEninG Weeds will be popping up more frequently now, so make sure that you remove them as soon as you can. Weeds compete with your plants for space, water and nutrients, therefore your plants won’t do as well if they have weeds all around them. Spend some time removing all the weeds, then add some Organic Compost in to the soil. This will help to provide some much needed organic matter, as well as aid in water retention and weed suppression. Keep on top of watering now before the weather heats up too much and the rainfall decreases significantly. Applying bark to your garden not only makes the area look great, but it has a lot of benefits as well. It will help to protect your plant’s roots from weather extremes, it will help retain moisture in the soil – giving your plants a better supply to draw from during the summer, and will help to reduce weeds popping up. Intelligro have a great range of barks and mulches, come down and have a look at what we have, and check out our new shop and loading area! INTELLIGRO OFFERS: 3 Expert gardening advice 3 High quality products 3 South-Hort growing mixes 3 VIP rewards 3 Buy in-store and online 3 Handy delivery service Some of the barks available at intelligro For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz Black Beauty Mulch $100m3 Bark Nuggets 30mm $100m3 Eco Mulch $40m3 Super Scree $60m3 1394 Main South Road, RD7 Weedons www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415