This is a great time of year to start planning and preparing your garden, but spring gardening in Adelaide can be tricky. The weather is often unpredictable, so you need to consider which plants will survive the heat of summer and how much care they’ll need. You also need to factor in other factors like soil type, drainage and water availability before planting anything new.
Acid-loving plants like camellias, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons need some special care at this time of year.
You may have a few acid-loving plants in your garden, like camellias, azaleas and magnolias. These plants can be tricky to grow in Adelaide’s hot summers because they need special care.
If you’ve got an acid-loving plant that you’re concerned about during the summer months:
- Water it only when the soil is dry to touch. Don’t let it get too dry between waterings or else it will stop growing altogether.
Watch out for grass grub damage.
- Watch out for grass grub damage.
- Grass grubs are a common pest in Adelaide gardening, especially during the summer months. These pests can cause your lawn to turn brown and die if left untreated, so it’s important that you know how to identify them and treat them when necessary.
- The easiest way to spot grass grub infestation is by searching online for pictures of the insects with their telltale signs of damage on the blade of grass: a small hole at the base where they’ve been eating away at its insides!
Water newly planted trees and plants deeply to help them settle in.
Deep watering encourages roots to grow deeper, wider and more fibrous. These are all good things for the health of your plant, so do it as often as possible.
Give the soil around your fruit and citrus trees a good soaking every week.
- Give the soil around your fruit and citrus trees a good soaking every week.
- Water deeply, but only when the soil is dry. Don’t water in the middle of the day, as this will encourage fungal diseases on leaves and fruit.
- If you have to water plants during high temperature days, do so early in the morning: water has time to be soaked up by evening and will not evaporate quickly from leaves or fruit.
Plant winter veggies and fruit trees.
If you’re looking to extend your growing season, consider planting vegetables and fruit trees in the winter months. Winter is a great time to plant tomatoes, eggplants and other warm-weather crops that will have a chance to grow before summer. Hardy plants like kale and broccoli can also be planted during this time.
Check young citrus trees to make sure they haven’t been attacked by citrus leaf miner.
You can check your young citrus trees to make sure they haven’t been attacked by citrus leaf miner.
The insect that causes citrus leaf miner is a tiny moth whose larvae feed on the surface of the leaves, leaving behind telltale black spots. The moths lay eggs on the underside of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that then burrow into leaf tissue and create tunnels within it.
If you suspect your tree has been affected by this pest, look for black spots about 1/4 inch in diameter that aren’t accompanied by holes or stippling (tiny dots). The best way to control these pests is through good garden hygiene: keep grass from touching trees and keep weeds out from under them; clean up fallen fruit immediately so it doesn’t attract moths; and avoid over-fertilizing or watering during summer months when drought conditions are common; if possible try growing different cultivars of citrus (see “Citrus Varieties” below) because some varieties have resistance to leaf miners while others don’t; if necessary apply an insecticidal soap spray according to label directions every month until May when temperatures begin dropping again
This is a great time to plant and to give your garden lots of care
Now is the best time to plant
It’s also a great time to give your Adelaide garden lots of care! This is when you want to make sure that your garden is getting lots of water and nutrients.
If you’re in Adelaide, it’s important to remember that while winter is coming soon. If you don’t want your plants dying, I would recommend planting them now before it gets too cold outside.
Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas for how to care for your Adelaide garden in the spring. If you have any questions about what type of plants are best suited to your climate or soil conditions, please feel free to contact us at any time during business hours! We’re always happy to help with advice on gardening — and we hope it was helpful for you too.