Garden chores | September 12

  • There’s nothing like a sunflower to create a focal point in any garden and Yates  ‘Yellow Empress’ is one impressive variety, producing large flowers to 35cm across on tall branching plants to 1.5m. They will attract bees to sunflower backdrops in vegetable gardens and plantings on patios.
  • Cut back spent blooms on winter flowering natives. Regular watering is an important aid to the establishment of newly transplanted trees and shrubs for the first 12 months – which includes natives and so-called drought hardy plants.
  • Keep on top of problem pests on citrus trees with Yates Nature’s Way Citrus and Ornamental Spray. This organic spray contains pyrethrin (from the pyrethrum daisy) and vegetable oil all boosted with seaweed to assist plant growth.