Annie Norrish, of Annie’s Nursery, says it’s a good time to get into the garden to look after plants like this one, which is called a firecracker.
Annie Norrish, of Annie’s Nursery, says it’s a good time to get into the garden to look after plants like this one, which is called a firecracker. Peter Holt

Create a garden showpiece

ANY TIME there's a break in the wet weather is a good time to get motivated and venture into your garden.

If you want to update your garden or maintain existing plants you should do so soon after it has rained.

Annie's Nursery owner Annie Norrish said gardeners should take quick action to eliminate weeds around their yards.

"It's a great time to weed the garden soon after it's rained," Ms Norrish said.

"The ground will be softer, so the weeds will come out without a hassle.

"Putting mulch on the garden will eliminate weeds as well.

"Residents should also fertilise their lawns during rainy weather because the rain means that there's more nitrogen in the air, which is essential to plants' growth."

Lawn grubs could leave your grass looking unpleasant as well, Ms Norrish said.

"If you see brown spots on your grass then you most likely have them," she said.

"A way to tell is to check under your awnings and eaves around your house because the grub cocoons live under them."

Ms Norrish said leafy plants were an ideal meal for insects.

"Cycads can be destroyed overnight by grasshoppers too; they (grasshoppers) can chew through the leaves so quickly," she said.

"But there are solutions to fix both lawn and plant problems, such as specialised sprays.

"We'll recommend the use of a chemical that is not dangerous to the household; we like to use natural products."

Some plants thrived during Mackay's rainy months, Ms Norrish said.

"Plants such as hibiscus and ixora can be planted as well as hedges," she said.

"If hedges are maintained now they'll look great by winter."

Gardening tools should be kept clean and well-looked after as well.

"Pump up wheelbarrow wheels, as this will make the job easier, and keep tools undercover so they won't rust," Ms Norrish said.

"Residents should try gardening because their hard work will be long lasting," she said.

 

MAINTENANCE

  • Prune your plants earlier in the year as they become dormant in winter
  • Update your gardening tools if they've rusted
  • Remember to check your lawn mower's petrol, oil and air filter before you plan to mow your yard

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