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Dividing and Repotting Cattleya Orchids

dividing and repotting cattleya orchids

The beautiful cattleya orchid loves a position with good, filtered sunlight or semi-shade, such as in the bough of a tree. It will grow in all parts of Australia and is easy to propagate by division.  Four (4) steps to dividing and repotting cattleyas STEP 1: Like most orchids, cattleyas prefer to be pot bound rather than overpotted. This is ... Read More »

10 Tools To Kick Start Your DIY Garden

10 tools to kickstart your garden

You don’t need a large shed full of expensive tools to set up your very own garden. If you are wanting to kick start the year with a DIY garden, this guide will help you get you going with ease. With these 10 tools, you’ll have the perfect kit and thriving garden in no time. 1. It all starts with ... Read More »

Get your outdoor living space party ready!

Tips to get your outdoor living spaces party ready

So all the Christmas Parties are at your place this year? Get your garden and outdoor living areas looking their best with our top tips. It’s never too early to start!     Tidy up your plants  As soon as you can take a wander around the yard and trim anything that looks ‘yuk’. Give everything a good dead head ... Read More »

Light Up Your Christmas – Light Safety Tips

Light Up Your Christmas Light Safety Tips garden aboutthegarden

Christmas lights are a fun way to join in the festive cheer and make your home sparkle! Our Christmas light safety guide will help you to achieve a visual delight for all your Christmas decorating, with the safety of your home intact! Setting up your Christmas Lights Whether you are purchasing your Christmas lights new this year, or reusing lights ... Read More »

What You Need to Know before Building a Garden Shed

Building a garden shed what you need to know

Most people that have ever done any gardening know how convenient and even essential it is to have a garden shed – you can comfortably store everything that you might need when you’re working in your yard. And although at first sight building one might seem to be a pretty simple task, when folks actually decide it’s time to do ... Read More »

Winter Grass Weed – How to Kill Weeds in Winter

clover and most lawn grass weeds need to be treated in winter

Winter is the ideal time to kill off various grass weed in your lawn before it reaches maturity and seeds. One grass weed produces 100,000 seeds! Did you know, fleabane is a problematic weed that spreads rapidly when left to seed, with one mature plant can produce over 100,000 seeds!   How to Kill Weeds in Winter As a rule, it’s best ... Read More »

Healthy Lawns How to Detect Lawn Grubs

how to indentify if you have a lawn grub infestation

There are two main types of lawn grub, each of which can cause devastation to lawns before you are even aware of their presence. Here are some easy ways to recognise and deal with them before they do too much damage. White curl grub The first type of lawn grub is the white curl grub. These white, ‘C’-shaped grubs are ... Read More »

Healthy Lawns Lawn Grub Treatment

Garden Watch Treating Lawn Grub Infestations

Lawn grubs are easy to control. Sprinkle Searles Lawn Grub Killer or Searles Dead Grub granules evenly over the ground where lawn grubs are present and water it in well. Alternatively, attach the Searles Lawn Grub Killer 2 litre Hose-On pack to a garden hose and spray it over your lawn or dilute the Searles Lawn Grub Killer Concentrate from the chamber pack and apply it ... Read More »

Natural Rose Care Treatments for Powdery Mildew & Black Spot

How to Grow Roses in Pots www.aboutthegarden.com.au

Sub-tropical and tropical climates provide the perfect humid conditions for fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and black spot to thrive. These fungal diseases can severely stress the plant and diminish its performance, resulting in fewer blooms and a sickly looking plant. However, there are natural treatments available to assist gardeners in fending off these fungal infestations.   What is powdery ... Read More »

How to Care for Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns

how to care for and propogate staghorns and elkhorns aboutthegarden

The spectacular staghorn fern is an epiphyte or ‘air plant’, which grows without soil. Native to Australian rainforests, the staghorn Platycerium superbum and closely related elkhorn Platycerium bifurcatum will grow just about anywhere in filtered light with protection from winds. Which is which? Staghorns are larger and have a large, shield-like frond at the front which curves outward to collect ... Read More »