- Make every effort to prevent weeds like dandelions and spurge from seeding. Snip off the flower heads if there is no time to remove the whole plant.
- Cut the stems from perennial border plants that have finished flowering. Tough stalks should be chopped finely before adding to the compost heap. Divide and reestablish overcrowded clumps of spring and summer flowering stock.
- Continue to propagate shrubs by taking ‘heeled’ cuttings. Low growing evergreens like rhododendrons and azaleas may be increased by layering.
- If not done at the end of February, feed lawns with a complete plant food. Apply to damp ground and water in thoroughly afterwards.
The Australian Native Plants Society (Canberra Region) autumn plant sale on Saturday, March 16. It will be held from 8.30am at the Southern Car Park of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Catch a bargain from the best range of Australian native plants in Canberra, including local species. They have long experience in providing well-labelled, good quality and competitively priced plants, ideal for new and established gardens. Free entrance. For more information, contact Alison on 0401 669 878.