Here are some tips on what to do to stay on top of the gardening jobs this summer in Brisbane and South East Queensland.
1. Citrus: Fertilise your citrus and add a grease band around the base of your citrus trees to protect them from pests, particularly ants.
2. Herbs: Harvest herbs regularly to encourage bushy growth. Pinch off the tips of basil to prevent flowering and prolong leaf production.
3. Weed Control: Stay on top of weeds with hoeing and your choice of mulch.
4. Mould: Keep an eye on any mould or disease on your plants after all of this rain and heat. Feel free to show our staff a picture to help diagnose the problem and find the right solution.
5. Agapanthus: Trim back agapanthus that have finished flowering. Cut the flower stalks down to the base using clean, sharp pruning shears.
6. Tomatoes: Stake or cage tomato plants for support as they grow and produce fruit. Pinch out the lateral growth. Water consistently to prevent blossom-end rot, a common issue in hot weather.
7. Lawn Care: Mow the lawn at a slightly higher setting to provide shade for the soil and reduce evaporation.
8. Heat Protection: On particularly hot days. Drought Shield spray can be used to give plants a protective coating that will prevent water loss and stop leaves getting burnt.
9. Blossom End Rot: If you have noticed blossom end rot in any of your vegetables, incorporate lime or gypsum into the soil to adjust the calcium levels.