With cold temperatures and short days, growth in the garden is particularly slow this month and there isn't a lot to do as far as seed sowing and pruning is concerned. Take advantage of this down time to get those repair jobs, maintenance and hard landscaping projects done.
One group of plants that are quite active now are, unfortunately, the cool season weeds. As with all weeds, prompt removal (whether by hand weeding or spraying) will prevent multiplication and bigger problems down the track.
Don't forget that weeds are also discouraged by good gardening practices - minimise exposed soil with mulches or cover crops and encourage strong growth of garden plants or lawn grass to outcompete weeds.
Pay attention to drainage and soil pH. Selective cutting back or thinning out of trees and shrubs to encourage stronger growth of sun-starved lawn or ground covers could be part of your strategy. Frangipani are losing their leaves, which will almost certainly be carrying the rust fungus.
Picking up these leaves and putting them in the rubbish will not prevent the disease entirely but will reduce the potential for reinfection next season. Spring-flowering shrubs should definitely not be pruned now. You'll be cutting off those developing flower buds. It's the season for planting bare-rooted rose bushes.
Hopefully you'll be getting yours from a quality grower who has not dug them too early. If you haven't ordered them in advance and are relying on supplies in garden centres now, you'll have to take your chances and make your purchases asap to get the best pick.
Sandstone is one of our absolute favourite products. It is incredibly versatile and you can be sure that it will stand the test of time no worries! And right now we have beautiful sandstone blocks and slabs on special.
Our August newsletter is out now and we have a great special, as well as tips to fix your driveway, a planting guide for the month, and awesome corn fritter recipe (for those brunch lovers amongst you), and an intro to one of our favourite Trade partners, the multi award winning SJ Landscapes Pty Ltd.
There are few natural landscaping products that can match the timeless appeal and beauty of sandstone. It is a product that automatically adds style and value to your landscaping project or home. At the moment, we are running a special on our 50mm sandstone slabs. You can grab them for $130m2, normally $150m2.