Winter gardening calendar for natives

AllRound Tree Services winter gardening calendar for natives

All-Round is proud to support native gardens. They are beautiful, sustainable, require less water and upkeep, and attract native bees and birds. Oh, and they often flower in winter. What’s not to love?

Below we offer a brief to-do plan for the winter months for your native garden and plants.

May

Sprinkle everlasting daisy seed into vacant spaces for a wildflower meadow in spring and summer. Lightly fork over the ground first.

A great time to plant spring-flowering native perennials and shrubs. Try Fraser Island creeper, and native pea.

Many banksias are in flower at this time. Cut them 30 to 50 cm below the head for a beautiful flower arrangement for your home.

Banksias and grevilleas can experience yellow tips during the cooler months. Feed with iron chelates now and again in spring if necessary.

June

Be alert for myrtle rust. This fungus scourge shows as bright yellow spores sprinkled over leaves of trees of the myrtle family (Eucalypts, Corymbia, Angophora) and paperbarks (Melaleuca). If you find it, destroy the foliage and limb.

Plant native jasmine (Jasminum suavissimum) for a climber with all the heady charm of the familiar exotic.

Bush tucker: plant some Warrigal greens (tetragonia tetragonoides) in your vegie patch and a lemon aspen (Acronychia acidula) for a citrus substitute.

July

It’s a good time to reduce fuel load and mulch ahead of the bushfire season. Take advantage of the council’s green waste collection service. Try a non-organic mulch close to your house for fire protection, and contact us for your organic mulch options.

Carpobrotus and Disphyma are native succulents with fire-retardant properties. You can plant them to form a layer of living mulch.

Midwinter good time to plant seedlings of colourful annuals in punnets in protected areas for transplanting for summer display in your garden when the weather warms up. Try paper daisies, Xerochrysum bracteatum.

August

Most banksia, wattles and correas have finished flowering by now, so it’s a good time to trim them and remove any last flowers.

Fertilise new trees and shrubs. Horse or cow manure is a good choice for natives.

Lots of native spring flowering plants are budding now, so take care to keep moisture even, through mulching or careful watering if the weather is dry.

Happy gardening, and please get in touch with us with your mulching needs and advice about your native trees and shrubs.

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