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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #23

White fly attacks on indoor plants are common during the cooler months. These pests can be treated simply with Confidor...
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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #22

Garden centres are full of beautiful ornamental deciduous trees that are ideal for north-westerly aspects in the garden...
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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #21

This is the traditional month for buying bare-rooted deciduous fruit trees, including peach, pear, nashi fruit, nectari...
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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #20

Turn off your sprinklers now. Your garden will get all the water it needs from the heavens above for the next few month...
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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #19

Buy strawberries now. Make sure you plant out virus-free stock supplied by quality garden centres.


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Trevor Cochrane

AL-KO Garden would like to welcome Trevor Cochrane from the Garden Gurus as our latest guest writer for 2013. Stay tuned for gardening hints, tips & advice straight from the Guru! Trevor has worked in many areas of the horticultural industry over the last 20 years, including plant growing, garden retailing, marketing and as a garden adviser on TV and radio. Trevor has written a number of books, including the Garden Gurus Guide to Waterwise Gardening and Delish , and writes and presents the Garden Gurus TV programme on Channel Nine each Saturday afternoon.




Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #23

[Posted: 14 Jun, 2013]

White fly attacks on indoor plants are common during the cooler months. These pests can be treated simply with Confidor.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #22

[Posted: 11 Jun, 2013]

Garden centres are full of beautiful ornamental deciduous trees that are ideal for north-westerly aspects in the garden. These trees provide shade in summer and allow in the winter sun during the colder winter months. They also provide sensational foliage colour in autumn and often beautiful flowers in summer. Buying these trees when they are decidous saves around 30% off normal prices.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #21

[Posted: 6 Jun, 2013]

This is the traditional month for buying bare-rooted deciduous fruit trees, including peach, pear, nashi fruit, nectarine, plum, persimmon, apple as well as deciduous vines like kiwi fruit and grapes.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #20

[Posted: 3 Jun, 2013]

Turn off your sprinklers now. Your garden will get all the water it needs from the heavens above for the next few months.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #19

[Posted: 31 May, 2013]

Buy strawberries now. Make sure you plant out virus-free stock supplied by quality garden centres.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #18

[Posted: 26 May, 2013]

Before the first real winter rains, clean out gutters on the roof and drainage channels in the garden. Remove leaf litter and humus that may be nutrient rich and end up washing into the stormwater drains and eventually our rivers. This material also makes an excellent addition to your compost bin.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #17

[Posted: 24 May, 2013]

Broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, leek, lettuce, onions, spring onions, silver beet, spinach and swedes can be planted now.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #16

[Posted: 21 May, 2013]

When planting out any native or exotic garden plants, add water-absorbency granules at the base of the hole. These absorb moisture that has drained past the root ball and hold it there for up to two weeks, encouraging roots to grow downwards and stopping moisture loss to the water table.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #15

[Posted: 17 May, 2013]

Feed citrus trees with fertiliser high in potash to sweeten fruit and encourage more flowers and larger fruit.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #14

[Posted: 13 May, 2013]

Sasanqua camellias start flowering this month and peak in June and July. Perennial and annual flowers to plant out now include ageratum, aquilegia, arctotis, candytuft, cineraria, gypsophila, polyanthus, poppy, primula, wall flowers and zinnia.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #13

[Posted: 11 May, 2013]

Branches that overhang eaves can create problems with the first winter rains and storms. Pruning will reduce the leaves that fall on the roof, causing blocked drains. Shred the foliage and place on garden beds as mulch.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #12

[Posted: 8 May, 2013]

May has been the traditional month to plant citrus, although in reality, they may be planted at any time. For a small garden, try varieties such as Eureka that have been grown on Flying Dragon rootstock, to keep plants small but still allows good crops of fruit.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #11

[Posted: 4 May, 2013]

Watch out for broadleaf weeds that will start appearing in earnest this month. Spot spray with a clover and bindii weed killer to control these in lawns and garden beds. Be careful to contain spray drift.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #10

[Posted: 1 May, 2013]

May is the traditional month for planting out bare-rooted roses. Try to ensure the rose you buy is grown on the right rootstock for your environment.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #9

[Posted: 30 Apr, 2013]

Even though lawn growth is slowing with the cooler weather, feed it now with a slow-release lawn food to help it develop a stronger root system over the cooler months.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #8

[Posted: 26 Apr, 2013]

Treat your outdoor wooden furniture and features with an oil-based paint or timber treatment to repel water and protect it from damage over winter.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #7

[Posted: 24 Apr, 2013]

Practice crop rotation to help control pests and diseases, as well as manage the pH and nutrient levels in the soil to maximise productivity of your vegetables.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #6

[Posted: 22 Apr, 2013]

Enjoy the blooms of frangipani, gardenia, mandevillea and bougainvillea. Bring some flowers inside to add colour and fragrance (especially from frangipani and gardenia) to your home.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #5

[Posted: 19 Apr, 2013]

Lightly prune summer-flowering plants such as grevilleas and bottle brush to stimulate strong winter growth and abundant flowering next season.

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There is still plenty to do with winter on its way

[Posted: 16 Apr, 2013]

As the weather cools, it is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy some time in the garden. There is plenty to do to prepare your existing plants for the coming cold and rain, but there are also many plants and crops that will thrive if planted now and will serve as bright new additions to your patch.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #4

[Posted: 13 Apr, 2013]

Plant out native trees now to get them established during the wet weather. They will then be able to withstand the dry summer months later in the year with a little supplementary watering.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #3

[Posted: 11 Apr, 2013]

Get a crop of delicious beans, spinach, spring onions and beetroot in the ground now for plenty of fresh produce for hearty winter meals.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #2

[Posted: 10 Apr, 2013]

Apply Troforte controlled-release plant food now. Boosted with essential soil microbes, this will invigorate soil and stimulate strong autumn growth.

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Trevor Cochrane's Garden Tips #1

[Posted: 10 Apr, 2013]

This is the perfect time of year to take some time to tidy up the garden and compost fallen leaves, prunings and other organic material to feed your garden over the coming months.

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