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Stuck in Isolation – Why not plant a tree?

March 30, 2020 | Frontier01

As the possibility of being stuck at home in isolation increases, many of us are searching for ideas on how to keep busy around the home. Turns out, isolation couldn’t have come at a better time if you’re a keen gardener. Autumn is the perfect time of year to re-plant garden beds, establish new trees or even start that veggie patch that been on your “to do” list.
If you find yourself stuck at home over the coming weeks, dust off the gardening gloves and spend some time out in the back yard.

 

Did you know Autumn is one of the best times to plant new trees?

The mornings are starting to cool, daylight hours are reducing, and the heavy down pours of the summer season are easing. Perfect weather to start growing new trees and other plants in your garden. Queensland natives are usually best, if your looking for a tree that will establish quickly and survive dry weather periods. You could try callistemons to add a bit of colour to your home, or lilly pillys are great for hedges and screening.

 

Start a veggie garden

Lots of veggies prefer cooler weather, so if you’ve been thinking about starting a veggie garden now’s the time to act. Vegetables such as Lettuce, carrots and tomatoes are usually easy to establish and are ready to eat within 40 – 50 days. Not bad for something you grew yourself!

If your starting out and not too confident with your gardening skills why not try planting silverbeet, broccoli or cabbage. These are all known for being hardy and relatively easy to grow.

 

Plant some herbs

If a veggie garden sounds like too much of a commitment, or your short on garden space why not start a herb garden. Herbs can be grown in pots or small garden beds and can be grown both in and outdoors. March and April provide ideal weather conditions for outdoor herbs to grow. Make sure they are in a nice sunny spot and get plenty of water. We recommend starting with some common and easy to grow varieties such as basil, parsley, coriander, dill and chives. You’ll be enjoying the smell and taste of fresh herbs on your meals in no time.

 

Garden Maintenance

Weeds have sprouted everywhere from all the recent rain. Get busy with your gardening gloves and start pulling all those unwanted weeds from in and around your gardens. Once your finished add an organic fertiliser to the soil and cover with a fresh layer of woodchip mulch. Prepping the garden now will help provide much needed moisture and nutrients to your plants and trees during our dry winter months.

 

Inspect your Trees

If your spending a lot of time in your home it’s a great opportunity to inspect your trees and become familiar with their form and structure. This will make it easier to identify any changes that may occur in future, such as cracks and holes around soil, mushroom and fungus growth.

If you happen to notice anything concerning with your trees get in touch with our Arborist to arrange a free quote appointment.

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