What to do in your garden in May – Perth Gardening Tips

What to do in your garden in May – Perth Gardening Tips

If you are wondering what you should do in your garden this month to help it thrive and prepare it for the winter season, read on.

May is the last month of Autumn here in Perth, the weather is cooling down and as gardeners, we’re getting ready for the winter months. 

In this blog, we will cover what needs to be done this month to get your garden ready for winter…

What to do for lawn care in May.

1. Now is a great time to apply foliar fertiliser to your lawn to give it the boost it needs to thicken up and help it combat any weed growth and invasion.

2. It is also a good time to start mowing your lawn at a ‘longer’ or taller setting to help it catch as much light as possible during the winter months.

3. Weed removal. During winter, lawn growth slows right down but, unfortunately for gardeners everywhere, weeds start to sprout and increase thanks to the increased moisture. To keep on top of weeds, the winning strategy is to manually pull them out by their roots or mow them before they have a chance to seed. Of course, an alternative (that we prefer to avoid) is to use a chemical weed killer. If you do choose the chemical path, contact professionals or make sure to wear protective clothing and equipment. 

Yes, the ‘by hand’ method will always be more time-consuming but it is effective – along with being much better for the health of the soil and planet. 

What tasks you should do in your garden in May.

For all you green thumbs out there, now is the time to take cuttings from your natives to propagate them, planting your cuttings directly into some quality propagating mix for best results.

Some other garden tasks are:

  • Prune spent flowers in ornamental plants such as roses, salvia, buddleia, etc. 
  • Prune hydrangeas back 
  • Prune trees and taller shrubs. It is a great time to prune them back to open the foliage so the winter rain can penetrate the soil more evenly – this will also make them less prone to winter storm damage with less foliage and branches able to be affected by wind. 

What should you plant in your garden in May?

May in Perth is a great time to plant new natives and trees to give them a chance to establish during the rainy season. With the increased and more consistent watering, they will be stronger and more able to resist the heat and drought come summer. We all know the extra time and care it takes to keep new plants healthy and growing during the Perth summer heat! You can also plant dormant stocks, bulbs and trees during this month. 

For those with edible gardens, some ideal vegetables to plant in May are:

  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Chives 

May is a great time to get out in the garden with the cooler days, so grab a hat and some gardening tools and spend some time preparing your garden to thrive during winter.

If finding time to garden is too hard right now, have a look at our Garden Maintenance Packages to see how our expert gardening team can help you out – and you can enjoy a happy healthy garden without picking up a single gardening tool in May! 

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.

How to Grow Roses From Cuttings

How to Grow 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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