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Spring

Bulbs to plant in spring

When it comes to bulbs many think of daffodils, freesia, and ranunculus but there is so much more to bulbs than the winter flowering varieties. To get reoccurring colour in your garden, bulbs are a very underrated plant.  They are easy to plant, require little fuss, and will return each year with brilliant colours. There are many types of bulbs, …

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Passionate for passionfruit – Growing Passion fruit vines

A favourite in warm temperate to tropical Australian gardens where they can grow year round, the passionfruit originates from South America. This lovely climber has it all; lush foliage, beautiful flowers and of course, delicious fruit! Planting Passionfruit In warmer zones with mild winters, passionfruit can be planted throughout the year. In cool or cold zones, plant only during the …

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How to grow Bottlebrush – Callistemon sp.

Callistemons (or bottlebrush) are some of the most beautiful and versatile native plants in Australian home gardens. This group of floriferous trees and shrubs are unrivalled in their ability to bring colour and attract native birds to the garden. An icon of the Australian garden, all species of Callistemons are true show-stoppers when in bloom and if you happen to …

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Spring lawn care and top dressing lawns

Spring is the perfect time for top dressing and fertilising lawns to take advantage of the warm weather growth ahead. For a wonderful green lawn right through to next year, start fertilising in early spring with Searles Robust Lawn Booster. Searles Robust is a slow release fertiliser which will slowly feed lawn roots and leaves for up to 4 months …

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Planting guide for Abundant Azaleas

When it comes to flowering shrubs, it’s difficult not to be stopped in your tracks by the ravaging beauty of an Azalea in full bloom. Azaleas are one of the most striking of flowering shrubs for any garden, yet have attracted a rather unfair reputation of being “fussy” or difficult to grow.  With drought conditions experienced over recent times in …

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Healthy Lawns Lawn Grub Treatment

Garden Watch Treating Lawn Grub Infestations

Lawn grubs are easy to control. Sprinkle Searles Dead Grub Pro (Bifenthrin) granules evenly over the ground where lawn grubs are present and water it in well.   The granular shaker bottle means there are no messy concoctions or spraying. For the white curl grub, use the hessian bag test (mentioned earlier) after a week to make sure all grubs are gone. Keep …

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How to Grow Broccoli

Broccoli is a wonderful addition to the garden, delicious steamed, grilled, in a stir-fry or added raw to a salad (wonderful with walnuts). Here is everything you need to know how to grow broccoli. Broccoli loves the cold/winter season. It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late-maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat …

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Autumn bulb planting for spring colour

It’s always exciting when bulb time comes round again and shops and nurseries around the country display a wonderful array of colourful varieties to add special magic to your spring and summer gardens. Autumn bulb planting for the stunning spring display is very popular in Victoria, NSW and cooler areas of Queensland. Most bulbs are suitable to be planted in …

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The types of daisies

The simple daisy has managed to capture the hearts of all who venture into gardening. They are a member of an immense group of plants botanically referred to as the asteracea, (formerly the compositae) and can be found on all continents except for Antarctica. Although seemingly simple in appearance, daisies are actually more like two flowers in one. The main …

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How to Grow Hydrangea

how to grow hydrangea in the garden or in a pot

Originating from Japan or the Americas, the hydrangea is a beautiful and hardy shrub and a tried-and-true favourite in Australian gardens. Its lush appearance and long-lasting, showy blooms can bring a touch of the tropics to even the coldest of climates and its ability to flower in damp, shady areas makes it one of our most sought-after garden plants.   …

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