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Article Written By: Jeremy Cupido
Store manager @ GardenShop Bryanston
When the first frost hits marking the arrival of winter, it’s time to prepare your garden for the long slumber ahead. This will maintain your garden during the Winter months, bringing back a lush and healthy Spring garden.
One of the simpler tasks is to get out those pruning shears and sharpen them now, in time for next months’ pruning of roses and fruit trees. You don’t want to cut back your perennials and shrubs with a dull blade as you run the risk of injuring the plant, which might make it susceptible to disease.
For any new roses you might want to add to your garden, prepare by digging your holes and filling them with a good mix of compost.
Keep the ash from your fires, Barberton daisies will love it as a dressing.
Hydrangeas and fuchsias can be cut back now, but not if you have very heavy frost.
Keep watering those bulbs (be sure not to over water) and feed them with a liquid fertiliser like Nitrosol every 2 weeks.
Keep a good, thick mulch around all your plants.
Azalea and Camellias love pine needles.
Magnolias will now be in bloom, should you want to shape these trees you will have to wait until flowering is over.