Décor & Gardening
August in the Garden
Patio plant of the month… fuchsias are another spring flowering favourite that you can start indoors; because it is still too cold and frosty for them outside. They are easy indoor plants that like filtered or dappled sunshine. Keep the soil evenly moist because they don’t like wet feet. Once it gets warmer, fuchsias thrive outdoors in a shady spot or one that receives morning sun.
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Garden tasks for August
Increase watering to once a week for most plants and even twice a week for spring flowering bulbs.
Trim and tidy up groundcovers, cutting them back a bit to get rid of any stalky growth.
Fertilise trees, shrubs, perennials and creepers, followed by a thorough watering. Enrich the soil by digging in compost as deeply as possible. Shrubs can be shaped and dead or straggly growth removed.
Lawns are ready for their spring treatment.
- Kikuyu, LM or Kweek can be scarified if there is a mat of thatchy, brown undergrowth. Use a steel rake to remove the dead growth. Then, cut it down as low as the lawn mower will go. Apply a lawn fertiliser (5:1:5) and water it in well.
- Cool season grasses like Shade Master, Kirchhoffs Evergreen, All Seasons Evergreen, Shade Over, and Kentucky Blue just need to be fertilised with lawn fertiliser at the end of August and watered well.
- If necessary top dressing can applied to Kikuyu lawn if the lawn is uneven and needs to be levelled. Cool season lawns and LM should not be top dressed, because the soil on top of the crown will kill it.
Give deciduous fruit trees an application of 3:1:5 or 5:1:5 fertiliser and start watering more regularly.
A new online store you’ll dig!
Gardening guru Tanya Visser recently launched an online shop that caters for all gardening enthusiasts. If you are just a budding gardener starting out or an old oak at gardening looking to expand your collection of gardening tools and accessories, www.tanyavisser.com has a wide range of essential tools for you. From gardening tools you’ll dig to beautiful gifts for the gardener in your life and nifty DIY kits, you can find just what your green fingers desire. Tanya proudly endorses the Moulton Mill collection – a beautifully crafted and traditionally styled premium garden tool range that carries a 15 year guarantee. Pictured from left to right are the Moulton Mill Stainless Steel Border Fork (R185), Hand Trowel (R185) and Potting Scoop (R320).
Shop online at www.tanyavisser.com Free delivery options for all orders over R350.
A good gardening read…
Succulents for water wise gardening … here’s the book you need to read! From the towering, 20m tall baobab to miniature soil huggers just a few millimetres high, South Africa is home to a magnificent and diverse range of succulents. Field Guide to Succulents in Southern Africa is a user-friendly, comprehensive, and richly illustrated guide, featuring more than 700 succulents. Focusing on the most interesting and common, this guide is more than just an ID guide… it will be enormously helpful and inspirational for those who are turning to indigenous, low-maintenance and water wise gardens. Struik, R350.
Get It Durban October 2017Michelle Markham, Goddess of waste