Christmas is coming! Which means it’s time to spruce up your garden – indoors and outdoors – for the warm summer months. Here’s just a few of our December tips.

Add instant colour. Petunias,portulaca, salvias and vincas are great for sunny areas. And for shady areas, try begonias, coleus and impatiens. Just be sure to liquid feed fortnightly to encourage strong growth and blooms.

Lots of pots! Liven up your alfresco area with stylish lightweight pots filled with lush tropical leaves such as golden cane palm. Or beautiful hydrangeas are a great way to add a splash of colour.

Slowly does it. Before things warm up too much, your plants will benefit from one last dose of Waldecks slow-release fertiliser. Our own special blend is safe to use all around your garden, including natives, and will keep your plants growing healthy and strong.

Keep in trim. Got any spring-flowering plants that have finished blooming? Now’s the time to give them a trim. Simply snip off any old blooms and feed them well to encourage another flush of blooms.

Mulch much more. Now’s a great time to mulch your garden beds. As well as giving a great finishing touch, this will reduce moisture loss and help keep the weeds to a minimum. Be careful not to mulch right up to the stem of your plants because this will cause collar rot.

Flowering this month: Agapanthus, begonias, calibrachoas, geraniums, hydrangeas, impatiens, jacaranda, magnolia, mandevilla, murraya, petunia, portulaca, oleander, roses, salvia, star jasmine, vincas.

Grow your own this month: Avocados, blueberries, basil, capsicum, chilli, coriander, corn, eggplant, figs, grapes, lettuce, mint, oregano, parsley, passionfruit, rocket, rockmelon, rosemary, silverbeet, stevia, tomatoes, watermelon, yacon, zucchini.

Pests and diseases: Be on the lookout for lawn grub and lawn beetle. Check azaleas for lace bug;silvering on the leaf is a sign of attack.Spray Dipel for caterpillars on edibles and ornamentals. And fungal problems, such as powdery mildew, rust and blackspot on roses, ornamentals and vegetables, will need to be sprayed with a fungicide. 


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