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Good time to clean up the garden
Now we are quickly heading
towards the shortest day, it is a
good time to clean up a few things
around our gardens, getting pre-
pared for the coming season.
Deciduous plants such as roses
and a number of fruit trees have
either lost their leaves or in the pro-
cess of doing so. They can be greatly
assisted with a clean up spray of
Lime Sulphur burns so should not
be applied to evergreen plants as it
will damage the foliage.
It should not be applied to apricot
trees or sulphur sensitive plants.
The burning action assists in the
final removal of foliage, burns dis-
ease spores and insect pests har-
bouring over in nooks and crannies
waiting for better conditions in the
spring to emerge.
By greatly reducing both disease
and pest problems now, you will
have better results in the spring
With bush and standard roses cut
back all the growth to half. This
means if the bush roses are about a
metre tall bring them back to half a
Also remove any dead or diseased
wood along with spindly stems. Pick
up all the bits and debris on the
ground and then spray what is left
of the plant with the Lime Sulphur.
This reduces the amount of plant
you are going to spray and it makes
the rose ready for final pruning
later in July.
If there are not plants growing
under the roses then also spray the
soil with the Lime Sulphur.
If you have had problems last
season with diseases then you could,
at the start of July, make up a sol-
ution of Condys Crystals (about
quarter a teaspoon to a litre of
water) and spray the plants and soil
underneath with this.
With climbing roses, firstly tidy
up the plants then do your spraying.
An article I read from England
said the Lime Sulphur spray is a
must to assist in reducing the num-
ber of spores that cause curly leaf on
peaches and nectarines.
I tried this last winter and it did
make a noticeable difference in the
I would also follow up with the
Condys Crystals as well a little later
on.With other deciduous fruit trees
(not apricots) spray the Lime Sul-
phur as best you can and do any
pruning you want to do next month.
Remember silver leaf disease is
about in winter when it is cool and
damp so any cutting back and prun-
ing should be done only on sunny
days when the soil is on the drier
Wet times brings about a number
of unwanted growths such as moss,
moulds, slimes, liverworts and
lichens. These growths are
unsightly and can in some cases be
Sprays such as Moss and Liver-
wort Control will assist in control of
these growths without damaging
your garden plants.
Winter is also the season that you
have more spare time when the
weather does not allow you to gar-
den and this non gardening time
can be put to good use by planing
and studying aspects related to your
During the season you can be so
busy doing things in the garden you
don't have the time to research a
My first book, Wally's Down To
Earth Garden Guide, was revised
last year and has been re-published.
It was first published in 2006 and
has sold more than 6000 copies
which I am told is very good for a
garden book in New Zealand.
Since that first printing a few
things have changed such as some
products suggested are no longer so
readily available or completely dis-
appeared. New products have
replaced them and a few new pests
have entered our gardens.
Hearing association seeking help for revamp
Many readers will recognise the
house with the ear in the before
photo as Hearing House, the offices
of the Manawatu Hearing Associ-
ation in Palmerston North's Church
St.It is the place to go for a free and
independent hearing test.
The New Zealand Hearing Associ-
ation is a non-profit organisation
that provides support and services
to those affected by impaired hear-
The Manawatu branch is trying
to raise funds for, and is looking for
volunteers to help with, a facelift for
the Hearing House and its front gar-
The house and fence are in need
of some fresh paint, preferably
creamy white combined with blue.
Most of the plants in the front
garden have seen better days, and
give the site a tired look.
Few, if any, of the existing plants
can be rejuvenated by pruning.
A hard prune at this stage would
either kill them or leave them in
recovery mode without putting on
much growth for a very long time, so
it is best to remove all plants and
start with a clean slate.
I suggest using a combination of
grey and green-leafed plants.
On the left, a grey-green hedge,
such as korokia Geenty's Ghost',
covers the fence. Two specimen
trees, each with a canopy that can
be kept reasonably small with a
yearly prune, link the height of the
house to the front garden.
The one on the left is Pyrus
salicifolia Pendula' (weeping silver
pear), and the one on the right is
Laurus nobilis (bay tree).
In the shady area near the house,
an Aucuba japonica (Japanese
laurel) fills up the corner, and ever-
green azaleas give a neat, but
informal edge along the front.
With a Daphne odora on either
side of the steps, visitors will be
greeted with a lovely fragrance in
Next to the wall along the foot-
path, the plants are grouped accord-
ing to texture and leaf colour.
The spiky foliage of flaxes such as
Phormium Green Dwarf' or Surfer'
gives a good contrast with rounded
green shrubs on the left, and
rounded grey shrubs on the right.
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