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Don't neglect your garden this winter, help it stay fresh and vibrant.
Now that the cooler months are upon us, we need to begin to change our gardening mindset and look to adapt to the season change. Now we know that in the cooler months gardens often don't loose as much water to evaporation as they do in summer. Because of this, soils can easily waterlog, if they are over watered, particularly in Canberra where frost often sits on the top of garden beds for sometimes an entire day.
If you operate an automatic watering system, during the cooler months of the year look to reduce the watering times to at least half of the regular scheduled.
When watering, do so in the morning so that both the soil and plants can dry off before night time, this will reduce fungal diseases. If possible, water directly onto the soil and not the plant foliage. Fungal diseases love wet conditions and if the plant leaves are wet during the night, this creates ideal conditions for fungal diseases to proliferate, so this is important for healthy plant and lawn growth.
Should I fertilise, during cooler months?
So your looking for some advice on fertilising your gardens and lawn during the winter time? No worries, its often overlooked but if done right your lawn will see the benefits in the warmer months. Now quick disclaimer, all gardens and laws require different fertiliser to remain healthy, however we are going to give very generalised advice to help you look in the right direction.
The key ingredient you will find in increased amounts in most fertilisers are potassium and iron. Potassium provides strengthening agents to the whole lawn and helps promote cell function. Iron also helps strengthen the route of the lawn and derives rich leaf colour. If the lawn has been fertilised in Autumn and the lawn has been prepared well for the winter months, some lawns wont require anything further till spring, in most cases.
Remember most lawns will go dormant once the soil temp is 14 degrees or lower, so be mindful that winter is a time for consistent water application, regular mowing and winter fertilisation.
We hope this blog has been helpful and should you, or someone you know need more specific advice with your lawns or gardens please let our team at ACT Gardening Solutions know and we will assist where possible.