Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Now Time to Prune, Weed and Get Ready for Spring

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Now Time to Prune, Weed and Get Ready for Spring

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ABOUT NEIL

Weekend Buzz columnist Neil Fisher is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton.

You can chat with Neil on radio 4RO's gardening hour after the 6am news on Tuesdays.

HAVE you noticed the change in the weather?

Particularly late in the afternoon, it feels a little warmer, and to me that has always been the sign to begin preparing for spring.

August is the month when you should get ready for the approaching growth season, when the garden is bursting into life with colour and vitality.

Feral plants of the gardens, such as bougainvilleas, hibiscus and calliandras to name a few, can be cut back, especially if they are not flowering.

Pruning of most garden plants can be started this month.

Poinsettias can be pruned hard now, although if you would like to develop your plant into a taller screening plant, simply cut back to three buds on each plant.

For those gardeners with native plants, you should be tip pruning at every opportunity, as the dry weather should bring out spectacular flowering displays.

If your native plants have become long and spindly, now is the time to be brutal and cut them back to a stump (within 300mm or one foot from the ground).

Don't forget to use a tree wound dressing on the freshly cut wounds to prevent borers from attacking these plants.

Importantly, roses will also need to be pruned now, as leaving it much later than the end of this month would be to the detriment of the plant.

Gerbera enthusiasts will now find the green light is there to start dividing the plants to give that best summer display.

Most annual gardens should once again be seeing the results of careful culture of those annual flower beds literally bursting into colour. Annual gardeners will now need a good fertiliser, such as Q-5, around the plants. …

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