Autumn Lawncare Tips for Perth

Autumn Lawncare Tips for Perth

The temperature has dropped and the colder months are coming – here are some lawn care tips you can use make sure your lawn comes out on the other side of winter happy, healthy and ready for you and your family to enjoy!

Fertilising Tips for Autumn: 

If you have chosen to fertilise your lawn once a year, the best time to apply fertiliser is in spring – but as landscape gardeners, we recommend fertilising your lawn twice a year, and spring and autumn are the best seasons. 

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Giving your lawn a boost in autumn is a great way to prepare it for the colder, harsher months of winter, keeping it in the best condition to resist damage due to frost, cold and sudden temperature changes.

Choose a liquid fertiliser which contains seaweed, fish, organic compounds and amino acids – it might not smell great but your lawn will love it!

Mowing Tips:

The colder months mean you don’t have to mow your lawns as frequently, as the rate of growth slows down significantly – less work for you or your gardener!

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Mow your lawn every 3-5 weeks during autumn and winter, and do not cut the grass lower than 2.5 cm. If you cut it too short in the colder months, you can damage your lawns, resulting in browning and ‘scalping’. Repeatedly cutting your lawns too short can weaken your grass and leave it open to disease and weeds. If you aren’t too sure how often to mow your lawn, just mow whenever your grass is longer than 6cm.

While leaving leaves and grass clippings on your lawns during summer can help provide nutrients, we recommend removing them during colder months to allow your grass to get as much access to the sunlight and air as possible. If you have trees which are blocking all the sun, you may also want to prune them more in the colder months for the sake of your lawn. 

Watering Tips:

Turn off your sprinklers! Keep an eye on the rainfall, but unless your grass looks and feels very dry and it hasn’t rained in a while, you do not need to water it in late autumn or winter. And if you do water it – only do so in the early morning so it has all day to absorb the water it needs and let the rest evaporate. If your lawn is too wet, it can become vulnerable to fungi or disease. 

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Perth has such hot, dry summers that autumn and winter are great opportunities for your lawns to regenerate, soaking up the extra water and growing stronger, healthier root systems that will keep them in better shape when the temperatures rise again. 

Talk to your gardener to see what steps you can take now to look after your lawns – or give our team a call to book in our lawn care services, from fertilising to mowing, weeding and general garden care. 

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Chemical-free Weed Control Solutions For Perth Gardens

Chemical-free Weed Control Solutions For Perth Gardens

Weeds are annoying and controlling their growth and spread in your lawns and gardens can be frustrating. But, at Perth Gardening Experts, we believe in using natural or lox-tox alternatives when it comes to weed control for our clients.

Keeping our soils free from chemicals is better for us, our families, our food and our planet – so here are our favourite natural alternatives to consider next time you spot those pesky weeds in your garden!

Use groundcovers to prevent weed growth

If you have empty or unplanted areas of your gardens – weeds are always happy to fill in those spaces for you! Planting groundcovers, such as natives, flowering plants, succulents, or even herbs, is a great way to prevent weeds from growing while creating lush, beautiful gardens. 

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Some great, fast-growing groundcovers for Perth soils are:

  • Prostrate grevilleas
  • Mondo grass
  • Creeping boobialla 
  • Thyme
  • Pig Face
  • Australian Harebell (Isotoma)
  • Australian violet

Mulch to prevent weeds and create healthier gardens

Mulch is an ideal way to fill gaps if you want to a more spaced-out plating style to feature your favourite plants. Mulching prevents weeds from seeding, as well as preventing them from accessing the sunlight they need to thrive and grow. 

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You can mulch right over weeds and smother them while preventing new weeds from growing for a fast, easy garden makeover. The best way to do this is by using a layer of cardboard or newspaper over the weeds and gardens, then adding a thick layer of mulch on top (we recommend to use 50 to 100mm). This also creates healthy soils and increases water retention for a more water-wise garden. You will still get a few weeds, but these will be much quicker and easier to remove as their roots can’t grip into mulch like they do in soil (providing that you use a chunky mulch and none of those useless fine black mulch)

Use natural weed sprays

We don’t recommend using even natural sprays in your gardens, as any product that is acidic or has high amounts of dissolved salts will, in time adversely affect your soil’s microbiology, and any acids, such as vinegar, can burn and damage plants.

However, for those annoying weeds that spring up between pavers which are hard to pull out, using a natural alternative is better than chemicals. Just keep in mind that a spray is more often a temporary solution as it’s less likely to kill the roots – so hand-pulling, mulching or using a groundcover or filler between your pavers (such as gravel) are still the best chemical-free, long-term solutions. 

While weeds are annoying and any garden-proud homeowner wants to have a weed-free landscape, before you resort to covering your lawns and gardens with toxic chemicals, consider if a chemical-free option would be the better solution for the health of your home and gardens.

Talk to our team today for advice on natural weed-control solutions for your home.

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Perth Gardening Experts is now a Certified Partner in Climate Action

Perth Gardening Experts is now a Certified Partner in Climate Action

In our goal to provide exceptional Gardening, Landscaping, and Reticulation services for our customers in Perth, we at Perth Landscaping Group have always exerted efforts to contribute in nurturing our environment.

Perth Gardening Experts has recently been recognized for its efforts to offset our carbon emissions and plant trees to support the Australian Native Reforestation.

Read all about it here.

February Gardening Tips to Make The Most out of Perth’s Summer Season

February Gardening Tips to Make The Most out of Perth’s Summer Season

Australia sees very dry weather during this time of the year with February being the last month of summer.

It is our goal at Perth Gardening Company to provide garden owners with timely and proper guidance to ensure that your front and back yard are in tip top shape during this season.

Hence, we highly encourage garden owners to water less often during these hot and dry periods. This would ensure that your plants’ roots would grow downwards and make them less vulnerable to drying out.

We also advice that you take advantage of the hot weather to weed your garden. Just make sure that you lay the weeds on top of the soil so it could dry out and become mulch.

Of course, you should also be mindful to remove the seeding parts first to prevent them from growing back.

Start pruning your fruit trees this summer, and maintain their sizes by cutting new green growth.

For your citrus trees, feed them and top up mulch (by using compost or old manure) over its roots, keeping clear of the trunk

Feed citrus trees, and top up mulch (use compost or old manure) over roots, keeping clear of trunk.

Start pruning your summer raspberries, cut out old canes and tie new canes after the fruits have been picked

Begin Propagation of semi-ripe cuttings during mid to late summer and utilize rooting hormones.

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Here’s a list of other pointers for you to do in order to prepare your garden for the coming seasons:

  • Cut and dry herbs for winter use and collect ripening seeds for plants you wish to propagate.
  • Divide perennials towards the end of the month, or leave until March if your garden is experiencing drought.
  • Sow cool season green manure crops then have them dug in during autumn before they begin flowering.
  • This month is also the last opportunity for you to sow warm season green manure plants.
  • Carefully observe your water gardens and ponds as water levels decrease exponentially due to evaporation. For aquatic plants, this time of the year may cause them to become overgrown.

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Make the most out of summer’s last month by ensuring that your plants are more resilient to drought and the dry weather.

Simple Ways to Propagate Roses From Cuttings

Simple Ways to Propagate Roses From Cuttings

Propagating Roses From Cuttings

Roses can be intimidating but they are actually easy to grow even at home. Passionate growers can try propagating roses from cuttings just by following simple instructions. There is no training necessary to create your own beautiful rose garden.

About Rose Cuttings

Cuttings come from the stem and may be taken at various points in a plant’s life. Roses are more forgiving than some plants. Rooting hormones may be used to stimulate development.

Planting Preparations

The softwood cuttings must be planted as soon as possible. This means that the spots should be prepared in advance. They can be placed at the outdoor garden or in deep trays. Be sure to avoid direct light to avoid excessive heat. However, the spot should still be bright enough during the day. The north and east sides of the house are good options. The soil should be cultivated up to 6 inches deep. Add sand to help the roots penetrate with ease. For planting in trays, use a soil mix consisting of vermiculite and coarse sand in equal measure. Add plenty of water.

How to Get the Cuttings

Understand that there are no specific calendar dates for this activity. Everything depends on the weather, geographic area, and plant readiness. Start by gathering the tools needed such as a sharp knife, a small dish, a stick, and some warm water. Get the cuttings early in the morning from the healthy plants.

Find stems located between a woody base and a withered bloom. This portion can be turned into a few cuttings. Slice in a 45-degree angle and place it in the water at once. Moisture is essential. A stem may be divided into several 6-inch cuttings. Take out all leaves save for a set on the top. Dip their bottoms into the rooting hormone.

Take your stick and create holes on your rooting bed. A pencil will do just as well. Every hole must be around 4 inches deep and wide enough that the cuttings can be inserted without removing the hormone. The bottom half and two nodes must be covered by the soil. Ensure that the base surrounding them is firm.

Caring for the Fresh Cuttings

Provide ideal conditions by creating a small greenhouse from an upside-down jar over the cuttings. If you have clean plastic bottles, then remove the cap and cut the bottom to use them here. You could also insert twigs around the edges and cover the top with a clear plastic sheet. Water the container regularly but be careful not to overdo it. Expect roots to start showing in around two weeks. Fish-based fertilizers can add vital nutrients to the soil. Once they are ready, the new roses may be transplanted to their permanent spots in the garden.

 

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