Thing-to-do in Late Spring
Author: ilikeseeds Team Date Posted:28 October 2018
Thing-to-do in Late Spring
Time to plant
Spring is the perfect time to plant just about anything. The soil moisture is still high and plants can become established before the heatwave hits. To add organic matter and nitrogen to your veggie patch, consider a green maniue crop. Once it starts shooting, dig it back into the soil for a naturally prepared bed. For a complete list of what to plant based on where you live, check out and Season Map.
Make grass greener
Use a garden fork to spike all over the grass. This helps to aerate the soil and delivers more oxygen to the roots. Mind you, the real lawn enthusiast will hire a mechanical aerator that removes thin plugs of soil. In early spring, apply a weed killer to remove broadleaf weeds and those pesky bindii. Follow up a few weeks later with lawn fertiliser to keep the grass growing strong and prevent new weeds.
If you have some bare patches or want to start a whole new lawn from scratch, now is the time to prepare the lawn to grow grass from seeds. When the soil warms up, you’ll be able to establish your grass before the heat of summer hits.
Trim and tidy
Prune trees and shrubs to remove any withered winter leaves. Trim your hedges to encourage new growth. If you haven’t done it already, summer flowering shrubs like hibiscus and hydrangea should be trimmed now so all their energy goes into producing beautiful blooms. Leave it any later and you risk cutting off the buds.
Before the growing season gets into full swing, just about everything will appreciate a good dose of frtiliser. Blood and bone and dynamic lifter are perfect for Australian natives. Just throw a handful over every four square metres. Dig compost and manure through the veggie patch and soluble fertilisers to any veggies that you already have planted. Potted plants will love liquid fertiliser for a quick boost and a dose of slow release fertiliser to keep them going. Use specialist fertilisers for roses, citrus and orchids as they contain the particular nutrients these plants need.
Watch out for pests
As the weather warms up aphids become active in the veggie patch or on the new growth of roses. Psyllids can also appear on the new growth of Lilly Pillies and need to be controlled to prevent them spreading. Use a garden insecterside to keep them in check.
If you undertake the major task of laying new turf, add some Dynamic Lifter Turf Starter to the soil. Its combination of organic pellets and water holding crystals will ensure the grass gets the best start.
Pots and pots of colour
The most practical way to add pizzazz to the summer garden is by filling pots with colourful flowers or foliage. Petunias and calibrachoas (which look like miniature petunias) are long-lasting summer favourites that produce waves of flowers for months. Plant them now and they’ll be looking good by the end of spring. Trimming dead flowers and feeding regularly with Yates Uplift will keep new growth and flowers coming on. Sow seeds of sunflowers, nasturtiums and salvia.
There are plenty of modern leafy plants that are available in a variety of contrasting colours. Examples are the native dianellas that have been bred for their shades of blue and purple, and the New Zealand flax that come in red, pink and sometimes even with contrasting stripes.
September is a fantastic time to be alive for us gardeners! The chill is almost gone from the mornings, and the afternoons are getting longer. Blossoms are bursting and you can smell spring in the air wherever you go. If you have been hibernating through winter now is the time to get out and into it. Read on for some fabulous September gardening advice for your area.
Improve Your Soil
Prepare your Yummy Yard for spring planting by improving your soil. Lightly dig over the soil popping in plenty of organic matter including top-notch compost and well rotted manure. Don’t forget to mulch the beds with a straw mulch. This bed will be awesome come planting time… and you will have the greatest Yummy Yard in the street!
Try some colour
Why not try some lovely colour in your patch as well like nasturtium, snapdragons, phlox, petunias, marigolds (French) and celosia. They are great at attracting pollinators and beneficial insects to your patch, and they look fantastic as well. Now is the time to plant some sunflower seeds. Find a sunny spot where you would like to see some happy sunflowers later in the year and plant the seeds to double the depth of the seed. Cover lightly with dirt and wait… they’ll be popping their heads up in no time!
Citrus Gall Wasp
Check your citrus trees for gall wasp and remove affected sections by pruning well below the gall. Don’t compost this or put it in the green waste bin. It’s a good idea to cut through the gall to expose the larvae to air – which they hate – before putting it in a bag and popping in the rubbish bin. Or you could soak the galls in water for a week or two – or burn them (if your local Council permits).