New seasons bare rooted deciduous trees arrive in June so it’s the perfect time to add some foliage colour or spring blossom to your garden. Please see our catalogue online for our full range.
Many varieties of camellias and azaleas commence flowering in winter, and now is the time to plant as new season stock arrives. Rhododendrons will start flowering from mid-winter and there are plenty of varieties to choose from.
When planting acid loving plants such as camellias, azaleas, daphne, rhododendrons and gardenias, add some Chandlers Organic compost through the soil. Ph is very important for acid loving plants, so why not test your soil prior to planting. If you are not sure of the pH of your soil, we have testing kits available that are simple and easy to use.
The flower garden can still look inviting and colourful in winter. Instant colour can be added to garden beds by using our potted colour.
Winter flowering potted colour includes:
Pansies, violas, stocks, primulas and polyanthus, snapdragon, poppies and sweet William.
Seedlings to be planted now:
Cineraria, cyclamen, lobelia, pansies, primulas, polyanthus, primrose, poppies, lupins and violas.
These will give colour in winter and through into spring, and can be either left in the garden to self seed, or replaced with spring flowering annuals.
Summer flowering bulbs can be planted now to enjoy vibrancy through the hotter months. Peony roses, dahlias, gladioli, liliums, hippeastrums, and lily of the valley are all available in store.
Winter is also a time of maintenance in the garden. Fruit trees and roses should be pruned during this period. If you are unsure on pruning techniques, it would be best to visit us in store and we can advise you.
Deciduous ornamental trees can also be pruned now if required. We recommend sanitising your secateurs after each use, with diluted methylated spirits.
Some fruit trees are prone to pests and diseases. Preventative sprays can be applied in winter, whilst dormant.
Roses are also susceptible to an array of pests and diseases. Spraying in winter can assist in preventing outbreaks in spring and summer.
Manure or compost can be dug into vacant beds in preparation for spring. Cow or sheep manure is great for improving soil structure and adding organic matter. Organic compost is also effective and can also be added on top of existing soil and act as a mulch, releasing organic matter into the soil as it breaks down.
Now is a great time to get on top of the weeding. The soil generally contains more moisture in winter which makes hand weeding easier, and weed growth rate has slowed right down due to cooler weather. Hand weeding is best in veggie garden beds, and there are some handy tools available to make this task easier. Paths and gravel areas can be sprayed with a herbicide called Path Weeder.
There are also a range of different herbicides on the market including organic options, which can be used in other areas of the garden. Be sure to follow the product’s instructions.
Weedkiller for lawns can also be used now to control bindii and clover, using a selective herbicide such as Yates Weedkiller for Lawns. Get on top of weeds in lawns now, so that when spring arrives, they are easy to keep at bay.