Pruning

Roses

The ideal time for pruning roses is late July to early August. This encourages new growth to occur when the climate is beginning to warm. This can help to protect against disease. If it is flowers you desire, you need to start by creating the ideal environment for new growth as, on rose bushes, flowers only form on new growth.

Pruning roses does more than encourage new growth and flowers. It allows us to improve airflow (which improves the general the health of the plant), it gives us an opportunity to remove any unsightly deadwood and it allows us to manipulate the shape of the bush.

The time to prune is upon us. Our landscape gardeners are well trained and experienced in rose pruning and are ready and willing to tend to your roses.

General Pruning

Late winter is an ideal time to prune many trees including fruit trees and ornamentals. As with roses, this encourages new growth to begin as the weather warms in spring. Also, pruning shrubs while they are dormant allows one to notice what needs cutting.

Regarding trees and shrubs that flower in spring, we would encourage you to delay pruning until immediately after trees have finished flowering.

If you require any pruning, we are equipped to cut trees and shrubs of any size.

Planting

August is a good time to install or add to a garden. Most plants, from natives to vegetables, will respond well to being planted while the climate is mild and wet. Plants will be more likely to become established and their chances of surviving the imminent hot summer are greater.

As rainfall in Perth is unpredictable, at best, it cannot always be relied upon to water in new plants. Hence, where planting occurs, there ought to be irrigation. If you have a system of irrigation to water new plants, you can apply for a water exemption through the Water Corporation website. During winter months, this allows you to water your new plants daily for up to 35 days.

For planting, irrigation or any other landscape services, please do not be afraid to contact us. To apply for a water exemption visit watercorporation.com.au or Google ‘water exemption’.

Landscaping

The approaching spring climate will promote the health and growth of almost all greenery. Hence, now is a great time to undertake a landscaping project. As mentioned above, Late July and early August is a good time to plant and the same goes for laying turf. Newly laid turf needs to be wet at all times, so it is important to lay it before the climate is hot enough to dry it out between watering times. On the contrary, lawn should not be laid in the heart of winter, when lawn is semi-dormant, as new lawn may struggle to send down roots. In Western Australia, we have mild winters so a lawn may survive no matter when it is installed, provided it is cared for appropriately. We would advise, to err on the side of caution, that you wait until you are sure that the coldest part of winter is over before laying turf.

Our landscape gardeners are ready to undertake any garden upgrade you have planned. This is not limited to installing plants and lawn. We do hardscaping and can clear land to make way for something new.

Lawn and Weed treatment

Broadleaf can develop in a lawn over winter and spring, so effective treatment is necessary to restrict its appearance. The timing of treatment is important as getting it wrong can result in damage to your lawn or the necessity for reapplication. Applying selective herbicide to lawn in July is the most efficient way to reduce the prevalence of broadleaf. Applied properly, it should be the only application for the year. This makes it the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective time to treat. If it is left until the end of spring, weeds can develop to the point that they are harder to eradicate and have caused significant damage to the lawn.

Garden

The same goes for gardens and paths. Now is a good time to spray to prevent the need for time and energy consuming hand weeding.

We are licenced and experienced in the use of herbicides and can advise on what herbicide to apply.

Fire Prevention

The period in which deciduous trees drop their leaves is coming to an end. This, coupled with warmer temperatures approaching, means it is appropriate to start considering how best to protect your property from fire. For commercial properties, this may mean ensuring fire breaks are cleared. For residential properties is it important to reduce the amount of leaf litter in gardens before it gets hot.

Gutters

Full gutters are another potential fire risk. Now is a good time to ensure your gutters are cleaned as it helps prevent fire with warmer weather approaching and prevents leaks while we are still getting rain.

Reticulation

A friendly reminder that reticulation is to be switched off until September 1. We recommend testing your system if it has been off for a while to prevent any surprises. If you notice any problems with your system, our reticulation specialists are ready to help. Winter time is the ideal time to add or adjust any reticulation to have your system fully operational by the time the warmer months hit. Contact Plantech’s irrigation team today!

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