- It's time to divide perennial such as hosta and liriope. 2-3 days before, water perennials well. Dig up the clump and pull apart with two spades. Cut through the roots cleanly with a knife making sure each division has at least one crown. Replant at the same depth.
- It is planting time for trees, shrubs, roses, strawberries and perennials. Get them while they're hot!
- Any containerised plants need plenty of fertiliser and frequent watering, especially during warm weather.
- Deadhead larger bulbs such as Tulips, narcissus, and Hyacinths. Be sure not to cut the foliage!
- As leaves emerge on trees and shrubs, check for aphids, spider mites, etc. and spray with Ortho Isotox or Orthene if needed.
- Azaleas, Pyracantha, Rhododendron, and Pieris must be sprayed to combat lacebug. Isotox is best - sprayed 3-4 times, 1 week apart.
- Fertilise bulbs again as they bloom. They are heavy feeders and another application will ensure nice blooms for next year.
- After the last chance of frost, (around mid April) you can start planting hardier annual. Fertilise with a bloom starter as you plant.
|Lawn Care for
Mow at least once a week if necessary. Roll to firm turf or seedings if required.
Mow at least once a week, lowering the height at each successive cut, but do not cut shorter than 4-6 cm (2-3 inches). Aerate the lawn and scarify. Level any humps or troughs. Apply fertiliser if not fertilised with a slow release earlier.
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