The last month of Winter and it feels a bit like Spring already.
We’re certainly hoping for rain as we were this time last year. Still, gardeners are optimistic and there is always something to plant that will survive drier weather.
Wintertime in the garden is a great time for tidying up broken branches and fallen leaves. Leaves can be put into the compost bin or spread as mulch under trees or even put into the chook coop. Remember though to throw out any leaves that may be harbouring diseases such as black spot.
If you have an Elm tree that has been affected by the Elm Leaf Beetle clear away mulch from around the bottom of the tree and throw this in the bin. The insect lays its eggs at the bottom of the tree where they lie over the winter ready to hatch in spring at the base of their food source. This isn’t all you will have to do to prevent damage but it’s a good start. Get ready to put a sticky band around your Elm trees to capture the larvae as they crawl up the tree.
One of the best things about winter in the garden is now is the time to buy and plant bare root trees and roses. We have still have some bare root trees and roses available. If you miss out this winter you can always buy potted trees and roses in late spring and into summer.