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The Star Thursday June 13 2019

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GARDENING

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GARDENING ADVICE

Today’s winning question came from

F. Humphreys. Congratulations!

I purchased a property three

Q years ago with a small urban

garden containing several

native and exotic mature trees.

These are under-planted with younger

exotic trees and shrubs, including a tree

pansy, ginkgo and Japanese maple.

I believe the tree pansy is struggling

for enough light and water in its

current position, as I have yet to see it

flower. When would be the best time to

move it, and what position, conditions

and treatment do they prefer?

JUNE BRINGS the start of rain

and cold weather, but there is still

plenty to do in the garden such as

pruning and planting trees.

Here are some top tasks to keep

you busy and warm.

Now is the time to start

planting any pip and stone

fruit trees. New young trees

are now available in garden

centres; ensure you select healthy

looking specimens. Consider

your planting areas carefully,

making sure your young tree has

full exposure to the sun and is

sheltered from strong prevailing

winds.

For existing pip and stone fruit

trees, you can now begin pruning.

Try to keep the tree height under

3m to allow for easier harvesting

and netting of trees where birds

are a problem.

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June is also a safe time to plant

new ornamental trees and shrubs.

Planting technique is important

While your specific pansy tree, Cercis canadensis

‘Forest Pansy,’ will grow as an understory plant

among larger trees, it will be much happier in an

open, sunny position that is sheltered from strong

prevailing winds and where the soil is free draining.

Wait until the tree is completely dormant (when all leaves have

dropped), before beginning the transplant process. This can

be carried out quite safely by digging 500mm away from the

trunk and deep enough to not overly damage the root system.

Have the new planting site prepared prior to transplanting,

well dug over with fresh compost incorporated into the

existing soil and drop in a Daltons Premium Planter Tab.

Firm the plant into position and water thoroughly. You may

need to stake the tree until the new roots take hold.

This is also an ideal time to carry out any pruning that

is required. Tree pansies sometimes have ‘crowded

branches’ and some careful pruning can help promote a

more attractive tree.

Read our How to Grow guide for more advice:

www.daltons.co.nz/how-to-guides

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products visit www.daltons.co.nz

June/July are the best months to plant, relocate and prune roses (once dormant). Choose a

spot in the garden with plenty of sun, that is not crowded by other plants or trees, as good air

flow reduces the risk of rose pests and diseases. Feed with Daltons Premium Rose Fertiliser

for strong, healthy blooms.

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to allow new plants to thrive

in both climatic extremes for

example wet winters and hot dry

summers. Also incorporate plenty

of compost into the soil when

planting new specimens. Spread

compost around existing trees

and shrubs to give them a boost.

Continue to keep sowing and

planting winter veges such as

broccoli, cabbage cauliflower,

peas and spinach to ensure a

continuous supply.

Protect empty garden beds by

sowing green manure crops for

example lupins.

They protect the top soil from

wind and water erosion and add

organic matter back to the soil

when dug in. Wait until they are

about 15-20cm high then chop up

with a spade as you dig them back

into the soil.

Prune roses when all the

leaves have fallen and apply a

winter clean up spray of copper

Send us your

gardening question

to be in to win!

Email your question and

glove size to:

chchstar@daltons.co.nz

Entries must be received by

19th June ‘19

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oxychloride or lime sulphur

after pruning. Remove and

destroy any diseased wood after

pruning.

Replace any rose specimens

that have not performed

adequately or were heavily

infected with black spot or rust

during the growing season.

Choose new varieties from

catalogues or visit your local

gardening centre.

June is an excellent time to plan

new gardens in your property in

preparation for spring planting. It

is a good idea to monitor future

garden areas for cold winds

and excessive moisture, as both

conditions will influence what

you can plant in that area.

Plant new shelter belts and

or hedges where they are

required.

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