Grow the Best Orchids

How to grow the Best Orchids

Orchids can really look great in tropical or shaded gardens with morning eastern sun, but you don’t have to live in the tropics to grow them.

Our natives from the Central Coast will do the job! They can be bought through orchid clubs, or go to Mingara Orchid Show in July, or check out Narara Valley Nursery. You could grow oncidiums or catalayas – these look great growing on trees or on tree ferns.

 

The best technique to grow them on trees is to buy some sphagnum moss to wrap around the orchid mix to retain moisture, then simply wrap fishing line or budding tape around the root ball until it is fastened well to the tree. Water when dried out and fertilize every 2 weeks. If they get enough sunlight, you will get a great flower display once a year.

For ground orchids buy sandstone from your local landscape supplier. These rocks will create a great natural environment for orchids. Buy orchid mix, and mix charcoal and pebble for drainage to spread around the rocks. Remember: don’t leave too much space between your sandstone rocks because orchids like to be cramped. Too much space will make the orchid mix too wet. Try growing Dendrobium speciosum, Dendrobium kingianum, and cymbidiums.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact Daniel on 0438 248 317. Coast Garden Solutions can create a beautiful orchid garden for you. If you contact us in November, we will give you 10% off your job!

Spring Gardening – A Dry Start to Spring

September has been a dry start to spring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have green lawns and healthy growing gardens. Read on for help with your spring gardening.

The dry conditions this spring can set you up for a summer disaster if you are not looking after your lawns and gardens. Here we have some advice to help you make sure to have that perfect backyard cricket game in the holidays, see your flowers in full bloom, and veggies plentiful through the summer!

Spring Gardening for Lawns

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Core your lawns

Coring your lawn will help with getting water penetrating into your soil, and encouraging new roots to grow.

Apply a granular wetting agent to your lawn

The granules will fall into your lawn’s core holes. Now whenever you apply water, the jelly crystals will swell up and allow the grass roots access to water for longer. This also means you’ll save water too!

Top-dress your lawn

Top-dressing will not only give more even lawn surface, it will also help retain water longer. Apply Shirley’s No 17 and Dynamic Lifter for a healthy growing lawn.

Water in the morning or evening

During dry times, water your lawn lightly – in the early morning or in the evening – to minimise water evaporation. If you water your lawn through the heat of the day, you’ll be losing a lot of water to evaporation!

Spring Gardening Tips for Gardens

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Plant Australian Natives

Plant natives like Grevillea Robyn Gordon, Grevillea Superb, Grevillea Moonlight, Grevillea Ned Kelly, Callistemon Hanna Rae, Callistemon Kings Park Special. Any Natives for full sun have good drought tolerance and as a bonus have bird-attracting flowers. 

Even plants that require soil to be always moist can also be grown in drought conditions. Just plant in the correct sun aspect and apply wetting agent to prevent the soil from repelling water (this can happen when the soil dries out).

Mulch, mulch, mulch!

Mulching to 75 mm thick with an organic mulch to encourage worm activity will keep the soil cool in hot days AND help water to stay in the soil.

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6 Top Tips for Your Spring Garden

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to Spring Clean your garden!

Here are 6 great tips to get your garden looking its best for Spring.

SPRING LAWN CARE

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TIP #1

SCARIFY your lawns using a machine that you can hire, or you could just use a rake to remove all the dead leaf material and surface runners. If dead leaf material and surface runners are left on your lawn, it will become too thick and be less drought tolerant.

TIP #2

CORE your lawns using a machine which can be hired to take out plugs from grass, this allows new roots to grow and help water to soak in deeper. Fertilise with Shirley’s Number 17 and Dynamic Lifter, water in hourly to prevent leaf and root burn. Top dress your lawn for an even surface.

SPRING GARDEN CARE

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TIP #3

CUT BACK shrubs (not trees, because it will cause epicormic growth) by half on woody plants to encourage new growth. If hedges are too tall or too woody, cut back for new growth or desired hedge height.

Here’s an example of what can happen (epicormic growth) if you cut back trees too hard:

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Epicormic Shoots from an Epicormic Bud on Eucalyptus following Bushfire 2, near Anglers Rest, Vic, Aust, jjron 27.3.2005.jpg
By jjronOwn work, GFDL 1.2, Link

TIP #4

FERTILISE your garden with Dynamic lifter and Osmocote to encourage healthy new growth. Remember to water in well!

TIP #5

MULCH your gardens with 75 mm of organic mulch to smother pesky weeds and help water stay in your soil.

SPRING CLEAN IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

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TIP #6

MAKE SURE your irrigation systems work properly. If they’re not working properly, remove end plugs and mist heads then turn on tap to flush out debris. You can use wire to unblock heads.

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Spring? Some early advice!

Spring is here!

Now is a great time to fertilise your gardens with Dynamic Lifter. This will not only feed your plants but improve your soil! Fertilise also with Osmocote as a slow release fertiliser. Make sure to follow the recommended application rates, then water in well to prevent leaf and root burn.

Remember: for natives, choose Osmocote for Natives.

Spring is a good time to cut back plants that are woody, or if you can see straight through them. Cut back by half the plant’s height – this will encourage new growth and a thicker-leafed shrub. Make sure when cutting back hard that you cut to a leaf node.

Install irrigation systems to make watering easy, especially for during summer. Water your plants in the early morning or late in the afternoon when the temperature drops below 32 degrees celcius to prevent leaf burn. If you already have an irrigation system working, check if all misting heads work. If they don’t, flush out the irrigation line by removing the end plug, removing all misting heads and then turning on the tap to remove silt or waste. Unblock all misting heads with wire, then reinstall on risers.

Make sure you have a thick layer of mulch on your gardens – at least 50 mm (75 mm preferable). I prefer to use a leaf mulch or wood chip because the organic material will improve the soil as well as worm activity.

Apply Seasol as a tonic that will help against pests and diseases, and also condition your soil. Seasol also promotes healthy root growth.

Spring is also a good time to control pests and diseases. For scale, aphids, and mealy bugs that can cause soot mould and plant death, products such as malathon can help.

Please call Coast Garden Solutions on 0438 248 317 to talk about your garden needs.