It really feels like winter is here when you have to scrape ice off your windscreen in Auckland!
We get excited in July as it is rose pruning time. Roses aren't really meant to grow in Auckland. It never really gets cold enough for the rose to 'hibernate', rest and recover before having to produce those beautiful blooms. That is why they need to be regularly fed to keep them growing & producing and why we try to prune in the coldest months, when there is less chance they will actively grow.
If you have roses and would like them to be professionally pruned this year, get in touch with us - firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to help them get off to a great start this year.
Other jobs this month are tidying all those plants that are now past their best, ready to grow again when the warmth comes back.
Enjoy your garden.
Claire & the team
Firstly, make sure your secateurs are sharp. Secondly, clean them with a bleach wipe or alcohol solution. Then, take off any damaged or dead growth back to new healthy growth. Any branches that are touching or crossing can be removed too. Then, depending on the age, size and shape of the bush, cut back to a few centimetres above an outward facing bud, with a diagonal cut.
Spray to protect against mites, scale and fungus - you can also use an organic bug oil or a premix Rose spray such as Yates Rose Gun.
If they are looking ugly & tatty with old brown leaves and dead flowers, get your scissors or secateurs and cut them off at ground level.
If you have the large invasive variety, I would try to dig them out in these wet conditions, or at least confine them in one spot. If you have the non invasive varieties, now is the time to cut off the old flower stalks & leaves, leaving them tidy for spring.
Cut back to just above new growth at nodes towards the base of the plant. You may want to remove some stems completely depending on how crazy the plant has gone!
If you don't have time to do these jobs or others in your garden in July, our sparkly gardener's would love to help. Contact us here to book an appointment.
Welcome to June - I hope you are enjoying the colourful display from the Camellias this time of year. They can be slow growing, but the pretty petals and glossy leaves are hard to beat as a hedge or as a stand alone shrub at this time of year.
Prune in June is a bit of mantra for our team for those trees that have finished fruiting - such as feijoas. Make sure your tools are sharp and clean to help prevent disease spreading between your plants. We use Dettol wipes for our tools between client's gardens.
We've highlighted a few June jobs that will keep you busy on sunny days in your garden.
Enjoy the month of June
June is the perfect time to plant new fruit trees such as apples, pears & plums. The new seasons stocks will be coming into local garden centres shortly. I think Waimea's selection is by far the best selection. Ask about the right root stock for your soil type. Certain root stocks are better at coping with Auckland's North Shore clay soil.
Don't forget the strawberries - the earlier you plant them, the earlier you will get the fruit.... and they will fruit for longer.
Up in warmer Auckland, it is safe to prune hydrangeas, though sparkly Toni, who originates from Christchurch never likes to do it! Remove any spindly, dead and thin growth, by cutting them out at the base. For the stronger shoots, prune back to 2 - 3 buds from the base. If you care about the colour changes, add lime to help the pink shade and aluminium sulphate for the blue.
This time of year is a good time to remind yourself to clean & sharpen your tools - white spirit works well. I drop my tools off at my local Hammer Hardware where a local tool sharpening guy collects them each week - well worth doing.
Making sure it is dry and your loppers are sharp, now is the time to prune deciduous trees who have lost their leaves. Any branches that are dead or diseased should be removed first, then prune for shape, removing any that are crossing or rubbing against each other and size. You might want to lift the crown, so remove the lower branches or reduce in size, pruning back along the main lateral branches.
If you don't have time to do these jobs or others in your garden in June, our sparkly gardener's would love to help. Contact us here to book an appointment.