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House & Garden
Let’s ask Erica ...
Have your gardening questions answered by Barossa Nursery,
Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa.
If you have a concern about your garden,
please feel free to write to:
“Let’s ask Erica”, c/- Barossa Nursery,
Barossa Valley Way, P.O. Box 348, Nuriootpa,
We have a very large Hydrangea under the gum
trees, which has not flowered for years. Are there
any tips to make it flower?
Answer: Two tips. One, when you cut it back in
Autumn, you will see green wood (one year old
wood) and brown wood (older wood).
Only cut back to two fat buds in the green wood,
because the Hydrangea will not flower from the
Secondly, apply Potash regularly from Autumn
Potassium is the flowering and fruiting element
which encourages quantity and quality of flowers.
Do not apply a manure type fertiliser, as this can
encourage lots of growth, and no flowers.
My newly seeded lawn has more weeds in it than
grass. Can I use a lawn weedkiller? My brother told
me about Weed and Feed.
Answer: Everyone’s new lawn always looks like
that at the start, and can feel quite discouraging.
You can’t use a Weed and Feed until the lawn is
at least three months old.
Most of the weeds will be annuals, and with
regular mowing with all the blades set high, the
lawn will thicken up, and the weeds will get choked
out over time.
Summer survival gardening
Starting at the beginning, it is always advisable to have
planted your plants with a generous shovel full of compost
or aged cow manure added to the bottom of the hole.
Compost acts like a sponge and helps hold the moisture,
as well as supplying nutrients as found on a forest floor, the
ideal germinating and growing medium.
Water crystals which hold up to 400 times their weight
in water can be added to the hole at the same time.
For extra water retention, and if you have heavy clay soils,
add gypsum at the same time for better drainage.
Watering is crucial for plant survival, and drippers are far
and away the most efficient, cost effective and time saving
way to water your plants.
Correct use of drippers are very important too.
Some people come into the nursery with a sad plant, and
when questioned, say yes, they use drippers.
When questioned how often and long they are used, the
answer is something like this “Every second day, 10 minutes
at a time.”
The way to water correctly, is as heavily as you can (so
water is not running away), as infrequently as you can get
away with, i.e. drippers on for six hours at a time once a
week or twice during heat waves.
Use a moisture meter, avaliable
at Barossa Nursery, to determine
when your plants are dry and needing
With occasional deep soaking, the roots
chase deep after the moisture and are deep
and cold (it is quite cold one metre down
below the surface) and plants are better
equipped to handle the heat.
Conversely, shallow watering causes
shallow roots, which become hot and
stressed during a heatwave and the plant
can transpire more water from the leaves
than the roots can take up, and the plant
Recently planted plants however, do
require more frequent watering.
Lawns can often take about 30 minutes
of watering at a time.
Trees in lawns require extra watering.
Maybe a hose trickling quite slowly next to it, all night.
Mulching is very beneficial, and Barossa Nursery has a
full range of mulches; peastraw, sugarcane mulch, lucerne
mulch and various barks.
Mulches are generally poor conductors of heat.
They hold the moisture in and surpress weeds.
Sometimes mulches can inhibit water penetration, then
apply a soil wetter.
A soil wetter in a non-alkaline detergent, breaking the
surface tension of the water, dramatically increasing water
Just as dishwashing liquid cuts through grease, so does
a soil wetter cut through the soil.
Apply a soil wetter every year in Spring/Summer.
There are two products that prevent plants scorching.
Drought shield is a ready-to-use liquid, and Envy is a
Jon Lamb describes them as “Sunscreen for plants.”
They put a thin plastic coating on the leaves, and are
effective for three months.
They are also effective in preventing frost damage.
If your plants have scorched, do not cut them back now,
as newly exposed tips will scorch during the next heatwave,
and burn the plant back even further.
Wait until the weather is kinder. This may be until
Autumn, before cutting back.
This Summer has been quite challenging, but by using
the above tips, it makes gardening a lot easier.
Roses are looking great around the Valley!
Pop into the award winning Barossa Nursery for all your
Summer gardening needs and advice.
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