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October what you should be doing in your Top End Garden this Month

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)

Ah the dreaded build up! I almost forget about it (purposely blocking it from my mind every year) until bam! it slaps you right in the face one morning! 

What you should be doing in your Garden this October

So much to do in our top end gardens before the wet arrives! this month is Prep & Check month!
As you can see in your garden now your tropical plants are drying out faster and requiring more and more water to cope with the increased humidity. Here's hoping for a big wet season across the Top End.

Weeds, weeds and more weeds

 Get on top of your weeds now or you will regret it!! Trust me I know, I'm looking at mine right now and I think they are actually growing while I'm looking at them! Grrrrrrr! Spray or hand pull your weeds, whatever takes your fancy but don't put it off for much longer. Mulch where you can to help suppress weed's    

 

Its time for a plant health check!

 

Have a walk around your garden, check your plants for pests and treat accordingly- if your not sure what pests you have feel free to email (info@onlineplantsnt.com.au) or send a photo to our mobile (0449609374) and we will help you ID it and give you treatment recommendations. Its important you stay on top of your harmful garden pests as this weather will help them thrive in your garden. As we get more into the wet season we will be checking more for fungal diseases (see next months blog)

 

Shrubs 

 There is still time to prune back your Ginger and Heliconia plants, especially if they are not looking good. Once they flower the plant stem dies back, prune right back to ground level. If you want a new fresh look, prune all your Heliconia and ginger plants right back to ground level. They grow from under ground rhizomes and will re shoot (I promise!)

 

Fertilise all your plants one last time before the wet arrives including;                                                                                                                                                                         

  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Any turf areas (lawn) -if putting down lawn seed be aware once the big rains comes it will wash away any newly sown lawn seed that hasn't established yet
  • Established trees and shrubbery
  • Fruiting trees

 
NB-DO NOT FERTILISE YOUR PLANTS IN THE WET SEASON

As the big rains will leach the soil and wash away any fertiliser on the soils surface

 

 

 

             Mulch

Walk around your garden ensure your plants are all well mulched-top dress where applicable

  • Cover any exposed plant roots (helps reduce water stress)
  • Ensure your mulch wont spill out over your garden beds if we get a big down pour      
  • Cover any exposed soil with mulch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Irrigation

Monitor you rainfall Daily

Its time to check your irrigation system for leaks and blockages

Buy a rain gauge! 15-20mm of rainfall is sufficient to switch off your irrigation until the next day.                                                   

 

 

 


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