December Gardening

In the heat of mid summer water well at night. Mulch areas to retain the moisture.

Now is the time to sow biennials that were not done in November. Seeds of Ranunculus and Anemone can be sown but keep shaded. Sow seeds of quick flowering summer annuals for autumn displays.

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Apply fertiliser as the buds form on plants to promote large blooms and strong stems.

Divide evergreen Watsonias and replant them.

Keep the lawn well mown and water deeply. Let Catscapes landscapes professionally apply fertiliser to keep it going beautifully.

Spray any pests and diseases. Be particularly vigilant on roses.

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November Gardening

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As long as there are no restrictions water judiciously. If rains fall wait five days before watering. Annuals and perennials will need daily watering.

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Biennials such as Delphiniums and foxgloves can be sowed in seed boxes for Spring the following year. Sow successive plantings of warm weather and salad vegetables.

Divide over crowded Irises and replant in well prepared beds in another position.

If possible water lawns if rains have not fallen in seven days. Mow regularly.

Check for Aphids on conifers and treat if necessary.

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October Gardening

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Now is the time to sow the seed of salad vegetables and maize in the open ground. Feed the roses at the end of the month once the main flowering is over. Feed your Irises as soon as the first buds form. Transplant your irises while flowering to sort out the colours. As soon as the first rains fall fertilise your lawns; and if you haven’t already, scarify them. Fertilise and water evergreen lawns which will require more attention during the early hot spell

Remove weeds before they have a chance to seed. Continue throughout Summer. Use a general herbicide on pathways and driveways.

Roses and fruit trees will start needing fungicides as the first rains fall or if there is high humidity.

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September Gardening

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Continue watering the foliage of Spring flowering bulbs which have flowered but still have green foliage. Don’t cut it back or lift the bulbs. If dry pay attention to evergreen lawns, shrubs and roses. Feed the Camellias and azaleas as soon as they have finished flowering. Seed of summer annuals and vegetables should now be planted.

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The lawns should be scarified and fertilised. Let Catscapes landscapes take care of all your lawn requirements.

Treatment of snails and ants should now be undertaken.

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August Gardening

With Spring around the corner it is time to finish the planning and start implementing the practices which are going to allow Catscapes Landscapes create the garden of your dreams.

All pruning should now be complete and an application of lime sulphur should be applied.

All early needed summer vegetables and annuals should be sown in a sheltered seedbox. Red salvuas can now also be seeded but must be protected till September.

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New shrubs, roses, fruit trees can now be planted. Perennials can now be divided and replanted into borders.

If you haven’t already, book Catscapes Landscapes to come and scarify your lawn and top dress or fertilise it. Water your evergreen lawns.

Ant infestations not treated in March should now be treated. Let Catscapes Landscapes treat all your aphid problems in your conifers

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Gardening in July

July and August are far from sleepy months in the garden. It’s time to admire cool-weather flowerings, prune and prepare for the botanical explosion to come. Let Cats capes landscapes create the garden of your dreams.

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SHARPEN THE SECATEURS AND GET PRUNING!

The first chore in winter gardening, in all but frosty areas, is rose pruning. Be bold, leaving only an open framework of three or four main stems. Spray these and the surrounding soil with lime sulfur to clean up pests and diseases.

Other plants to prune when bare include hydrangeas, wisteria and grapes. Early August is the best time to give gardenias their main pruning.

Cuttings of frangipanis will make instant new trees; leave them to dry for a few weeks, then pot or plant into a sandy mix, adding stakes for support.

Cut ornamental grasses almost to ground level to rejuvenate and spray lawns for bindii as soon as their ferny leaves appear.

PREPARE PLANTS FOR WHAT’S TO COME

Although many plants are resting, spring bulbs, winter-flowering natives and shrubs that flower in early spring are growing actively. Keep these watered and fertilised for peak performance.

Feed citrus in late July, using an all-purpose citrus fertiliser. Keep sowing carrots, spring onions, leeks, broad beans, radishes, English spinach and peas.

If you haven’t planted asparagus and rhubarb crowns yet, don’t delay. Strawberries can also go in now. Start seeds of tomatoes, eggplant and capsicum on a warm windowsill, ready for planting when the soil warms up

Some text courtesy of Australian Home and Garden.

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Gardening in Jolly June

Winter is here! For some people this is cause for celebration. For others it is cause for commiseration. For your garden it is just another season which will either see it go from strength to strength or see it fall over, depending on how well you care for it. Let Catscapes landscapes take care of all your gardening requirements

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There are many plants which hibernate throughout winter and so June is a good time to start giving them a trim. Roses can start to be pruned now or you can wait until July to August. Other flowers like Hydrangeas would benefit greatly from trimming off the old flowers and growth to allow it to jump into spring with a burst of energy and healthy new shoots. Remember, pruning promotes growth.

If you have decided that you actually want to plant a new rose garden then June is the month for you! By planting new roses now, you give them a good chance to get established throughout winter and ready for solid growth and flowering into spring. Pick a mix of colours and aromatic roses and place them in a well prepared garden bed. Feed them a good rose fertilizer. Also make sure you mulch well. Don’t mulch too close to the stem, leave about a 15-30cm gap all the way around. This will help keep moisture close to the young plants but will also help to fight off frost in cold areas.

Make sure you keep your winter vegetables well fertilized. Generally it is best to apply fertilizer to your winter vegetables every two weeks. This will help your veggies to grow fast and give you a solid yield.

Also during winter it is very important that you get on top of your garden weed situation. Preferably this is solved by maintaining a solid layer of mulch but if you still have not gotten around to this the manual option is important.

June is another good month to split up shrubs like daisies and lavender and plant them in other parts of your garden. Also make sure that you cut off any flowers, both alive and dead to ensure that all of the plants energy can be directed towards growing new roots.

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Gardening in the Merry Month of May

Let Catscapes landscapes create the garden of your dreams. Time to think of winter protection where heavy frosts are experienced. There is now little prospect of rain for the next eight months, start watering shrubs, roses, fruit trees and vines. Many shrubs and trees are showing there autumn colours.

HARDY SUMMER FLOWERING ANNUALS

Water once a week during dry weather and feed once a month with liquid fertiliser to maintain steady growth. Water in the morning in areas that experience frost, so that the foliage has time to dry before nightfall.

WINTER FLOWERING ANNUALS

Feed twice a month with liquid fertiliser. Remove faded flowers regularly, especially from Iceland poppies, pansies and violas. Water during dry weather, doing this in the morning in areas that experience frost.
Larkspur and stocks: If the lower leaves turn yellow this is a sign of nitrogen deficiency. To remedy this give the plants a dressing LAN. Dissolve 60g of LAN in 5 litres of water and apply to a square metre. Do this once a month for two or three months, or until the plants are healthy and green again. Water before and after application.
Sweet peas: Tie the plants to their stakes or trellis as they grow, and remove tendrils and side shoots so that nutrients are not wasted on unnecessary growth. Increase the water supply as the plants grow. Water at least once a week. Tidy up plants as they die down, removing old flower stems and dead leaves. Mulch with compost and water once a month. Where plants were attacked by mildew during summer, spray thoroughly with fungicide. Anemone japonica, Michaelmas daisy and physostegia can still be lifted this month if they are overcrowded.

SUMMER FLOWERING BULBS

Cannas: Once the foliage has died back, cut the stems down to ground level. In areas that experience frost cover the plants with a deep mulch of coarse compost to protect the rhizomes.
Dahlias: As soon as the foliage has died down, cut the stems down to 15 to 20cm. Tie all labels securely to the stems. If the tubers are to be left in the ground in the summer rainfall areas cover them with a deep mulch of coarse compost. If the tubers are to lifted and stored for winter, first cut off the tails by pushing a sharp spade down vertically into the ground about 15cm from the stems, then lift carefully. The tubers can be placed in a trench in the garden and covered with soil. If they are to be stored in boxes wash the soil off, place the tubers in the boxes, cover with peat or sand and store them in the garden shed. Water lightly from time to time during winter. Do not store the tubers without any covering as they will shrivel and be of no use next season.
Liliums: When the foliage has died down, cut the stems off and cover the plants with compost. Mark their positions with a ring of small stakes.
Summer rainfall areas: Water agapanthus, day lilies and liliums at least once a month.

WINTER FLOWERING BULBS

As the bulbs come up water more frequently, about once a week. Water narcissi, daffodils and other exotic bulbs, which have not yet come up, about twice a month.

POT PLANTS

Feed calceolarias, cinerarias, cyclamen, daffodils, hyacinths, jonquils, narcissi, poinsettias and primulas every two weeks with a liquid fertiliser. Water about every three days or when the soil feels dry. Discontinue feeding other pot plants if this has not already been done. Water less frequently, but never let the plants, especially ferns, orchids and philodendrons, become completely dry.
Once the foliage of amaryllis , caladiums, achimes and tuberous rooted begonias has died down, reduce watering to a light sprinkling from time to time to prevent the soil becoming bone dry.

LAWNS.

Water the grass about once a month.

SHRUBS

Take hardwood cuttings: Hardwood cuttings that were not taken last month can still be taken now. These must be of fully matured wood, which developed in the past spring or early summer. The cutting should be about 20 cm long after the immature tips have been removed. Cut just below a node or leaf joint. Remove the leaves from the bottom two thirds of each cutting.
Root the cuttings in the open ground. Make a v-shaped trench in the garden about 15 cm deep and put a thin layer of sand at the bottom. Dip the end of each cutting into a rooting hormone and then position the cutting in the trench. Fill the trench with soil, firm it well and then water. In the summer rainfall areas keep the soil damp, but not saturated, during winter and early spring until the summer rains starts. The cutting should be ready to plant in their permanent position in the garden in the winter or early spring of next year.
Protecting from frost: In areas where frost is experienced it is necessary to provide winter protection for tender shrubs such as proteas, beloperones, cupheas, daturas, fuchsias, hibiscus, poinsettias, etc.
Small shrubs can be covered with large cardboard boxes. To protect large shrubs place four stakes round each shrub and drape hessian over these every night all through winter. Remove the boxes and hessian covers every morning.
Protect the roots by covering the ground around the plant with a deep mulch of compost or bark.
Summer rainfall areas: Water azaleas, camellias and all shrubs from the winter rainfall areas once a week.

VEGETABLES

Water vegetables regularly during dry weather. Feed with Multifeed P every two weeks to improve the flavour of the vegetables. In warm frost-free areas spray tomatoes once a week against blight.
Asparagus: Prepare trenches. Before preparing the trench clear the ground of perennial weeds such as couch grass. Dig trenches any convenient length but remember that the crowns must be spaced 45cm apart. Make the trench 45cm wide and 25 to 30cm deep. Break up the ground at the bottom of the trench then return the soil, mixing it well with plenty old sifted compost and/or old, well-rotted manure and a dressing of 2.3.2. at the rate of 120g per metre of trench.
These vegetables can be sown Broad bean Lettuce Peas Radish Turnip

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April gardening

Its April! It nature’s calm before the storm. Take time to enjoy your garden, and if you aren’t – let Catscapes landscapes create the garden of your dreams! From lawn care to irrigation, from renovation to a blank canvas, let Catscapes landscapes take care of it for you!

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The jobs below are an autumn garden task list:

  1. Make new plants from cuttings. Take 10cm cuttings from hardwood herbs such as rosemary and bay or natives such as banksias, grevillea and coastal rosemary. Remove the lower leaves, dip cuttings into hormone powder and pot in small containers of premium potting mix. Keep just moist and shelter from strong wind and sun.
  2. Trim hedges before the onset of winter to keep them compact and bushy from ground level.
  3. Check your lawn and make sure any weeds you sprayed last month are dying. Repeat the treatment if necessary. Aerate the lawn. Rejuvenate tired lawns with an autumn feeding to ready them for the onset of cool winter weather with a fertiliser high in Potassium to promote root growth.
  4. Check for borer damage on all deciduous trees, paying attention to the trunk at soil level. It’s easier to check when trees are dormant and bare. Check for aphids and spitting bugs.
  5. Don’t try to cultivate soil beneath large trees; you will only damage the roots. Make planting holes between the roots instead and insert small plants with tiny root systems that establish themselves readily. Bromeliads thrive under trees.
  6. Transfer the leaves that fall on your garden and lawn to the compost bin on a regular basis, otherwise they will smother your plants and grass.
  7. Don’t rush to prune spent seed heads. They provide a wealth of food for birds that visit the garden.
  8. If you have cymbidium orchids, they should be placed in full sunshine to encourage good flower spikes during winter and spring.
  9. Divide evergreen perennials. Lift them from the soil, divide at the root and re-plant into well-conditioned soil.

Some text courtesy of Homelife Australia

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Gardening in March

With Easter fast approaching let Catscapes landscapes create the garden of your dreams for you to enjoy during this special time. From lawn care to irrigation; from a new design to rejuvenating an existing garden.

March

According to the calendar it should be early autumn, but in South Africa, the sun is still nice and warm — sitting high in the sky with no great hurry to set at the end of the day. Enjoy the special month of March by running around with your wheelbarrow filled with dark compost to cultivate the soil. Plant like there’s no tomorrow, feed everything that has given you pleasure so that they do it again, and go shopping for winter — and spring-flowering bulbs.

  • Time to lift and divide agapanthus, wild iris, penstemon, campanula and asters. Cut them back, lift out, split up and replant into freshly composted soil.
  • Sow Namaqualand daisies, sweet peas, poppies, primula, foxgloves, hollyhock and larkspur. Don’t be scared to sow the flowers that you love — success is guaranteed if you just follow the instructions on the seed packet.
  • Sow seeds for new lawn grass, especially in colder areas where Shade Over and All Seasons Evergreen grow well.
  • In the veggie garden, sow fast-growing greens like lettuce and spinach, and also start preparing to plant winter crops like cabbage, cauliflower, parsnips and broad beans.
  • Top tip: Before it gets cold and the job becomes uncomfortable, clean out your water features. Check that your pump is clean and in good condition. You do not want to do this then!

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