As I write, winter is well and truly upon us. It has been the wettest June in over forty years. Hopefully we will continue to get good winter rains so we can get off to a good start to spring. With these cold wet winter days the lawns aren't growing at a great rate but there is plenty to do in the garden. Winter is the best time to prune, especially roses and deciduous trees and shrubs as their sap levels are at the lowest during winter. It is also a great time to mulch your garden beds while the ground is moist.
A few months ago Steve successfully completed his apprenticeship in "Horticulture – Parks and Gardens". After leaving us for a very short time he is now working for us as a sub-contractor. Welcome back Steve.
Late last year Glen and Phil both completed Certificate 3 in Horticulture. Phil is continuing on his studies and in currently doing certificate 4 and hopefully then progressing to Diploma. Now every time AC Maintenance care for your garden you are assured of having a fully qualified horticulturist on the job.
Don't forget to call us to get all those jobs done in your garden so your house will look it's best in spring and you can sit back and enjoy.
Welcome to the autumn 2012 newsletter. We have had a relatively warm and wet start to autumn so lawns are looking green and lush. Now is a good time to fertilize your lawn to get them growing vigorously before winter to help them out compete the weeds. If you have a sparse and patchy lawn over winter it gives weeds an opportunity to get established.
During late March Melbourne had the "Flower and Garden Show" at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. This years show as usual was packed full of great displays and exhibits. Our apprentice Steve was involved with constructing one of the display gardens in his TAFE class through Chisolm.
A great way to keep up with the latest news at AC Maintenance is through Facebook. Glen and Phil both have new smart phones so interesting items can be posted as they happen. Just click on the Facebook button and start following us.
December 2011 & January 2012 Newsletter
After a wet Spring we have enjoyed a warm sunny start to Summer. The good news is that Melbourne's water storage is up to 66% and we are now at level one water restrictions
Maintaining your garden to a high standard is going to be easier than it has been recently. Now is a good time to fertilize your lawn as we are able to water the fertilizer in. Many properties have irrigation systems that were installed before water restrictions came in and therefore haven't been used in years. Your system will no doubt need servicing before it is able to be used again.
Phil participated in Movember this year growing a moustache to help raise funds to promote men's health. http://au.movember.com/mospace/2406266/
Thankfully November is over and he is clean shaven now.
Recently we have recently purchased a new mower deck for our Walker ride on mower. We now are able to offer a ride on with grass catcher to our list of services.
We will not be closing completely down over the Christmas break this year. We will only be closed for the public holidays.
Glen and Phil along with the staff at AC Maintenance, Avril, Steve, Ian and Aurelio would like to thank and wish all our valued customers a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year
Garden tips for December
For white fly and other bugs, use Pyrethrum in the garden - it's one of the safer sprays available, but always follow directions and read the warnings before use.
As it heats up, the best time to water your plants is the morning. This reduces the chance of fungal diseases, and lowers the risk of water evaporation
Vegetable gardens will require constant attention this month. Keep up the deep watering & weekly doses of liquid fertiliser (such as liquid blood & bone). Mulch between plants & keep weeds under control.
Pots need regular watering during the hot summer months. The potting mix can get difficult to 'wet', the mix seems to shrink & the water runs down the outside of the root ball, without wetting the mix or watering the plant. Use a wetting agent such as Saturaid to fix this problem.
Tip-prune lanky shoots on sasanqua camellias and prune back wildly growing climbers such as wisteria. Also prune shrubs that have finished flowering such as bottlebrush, emu bush (Eremophila) and butterfly bush (Buddleja). Feed them to encourage new growth.