There is an absolutely wonderful tried and tested product called Dipel.. which is a great Biological control and works strictly on caterpillars. Mix and spray on the leaves (both sides) and within a matter of days all those little grubs will have gotten a REALLY bad stomach ache and died off !! This needs to be done regularly if it rains. To avoid having to respray all the time, simply water below the leaves to prevent it washing off. Another helpful hint is to look at the undersides of the leaves often... those tiny yellow bits you may see attached to the leaf, are actually the little caterpillar eggs.. simply wipe them off and no caterpillars will hatch out !!!
None of us want to use harsh pesticides that harm beneficial insects or the Environment. We always carry a wide range of Natural / Biological controls as well as safe sprays and Physical Traps and Barriers that will successfully control pesky bugs. We've got terrific Codling Moth Lures and houses to place them in, available for your convenience. Come down and chat with us and we can give you all the best advice to help you harvest Clean and Healthy fruit.
During the Winter months when your Roses are dormant, it is a good idea to spray with Lime Sulphur before the new growth starts to appear. Following this, Healthy Earth Plant Spray will help protect your bushes against Fungal and Insect attacks.
Eco - Rose will defeat Black Spot and Powdery Mildew later on if required.... and...We've got a GREAT new product for Fungal problems, and are hoping more and more people start to use this .. it's called ECO fungicide and will help you keep on top of Black spot as well as Powdery Mildew and Rust. It is a great contact spray and registered as Australian Organic too.
The colour of Hydrangeas is largely influenced by the soil pH.... if you have a very alkaline soil your Hydrangea flowers will be pink... if Acid they will be Blue. If you would like to maintain a blue colour you will need to use some Hydrangea Blueing tonic by watering can approx. every 2-3 weeks. This will also help keep your Hydrangeas in a Healthy condition
Site preparation is most important before you plant ANYTHING ! We recommend Soil Builder (twice as strong as Gypsum) Instant Clay Breaker applied at the rate of 1/2 kg. per sq. metre. Planting Compost should also be added to the soil ( 1 : 3 ratio) and thoroughly dug in with the Soil Builder to a minimum depth of 30 cm. This will ensure your new plants get a great start in life !
We hear you, and we have LOTS of customers with the same worry... as well as not wanting to put out Pellets because of their children. We do have Snail Pellets that are non toxic to Animals and Children (Multi-guard), but if you are still afraid to use these you can try our wonderful product 'SLUGGA'. The roll of copper tape is perfect for pots and containers, preventing a barrier that Snails will NOT cross. The traps are great as well and work with salty water or beer added to them... all chemical free and easy to use. So NO more worries for you pups safety !!!!
If we happen to have a wet spring, you can pretty well rest assured that your trees may fall victim to Leaf Curl. This common fungal disease over winters in crevices in the bark of your tree and around the new emerging buds. The disease will affect the leaves (unsightly blisters) as well as the soft new shoots and even the fruit. We recommend using a preventative Cooper spray twice a year... at Leaf drop in Autumn and Bud swell in spring. We carry all you need to combat this pesky disease, so do come down to the nursery and we can advise on this problem further.
Herbaceous Peonies die right back to the ground each Winter, going completely dormant, and then producing totally new growth each Spring. Tree Peonies actually have a woody trunk that remains standing all through the year. Tree Peonies hang on to their leaves through Autumn, turning an attractive rich Burgundy before they fall.
Both have stunning flowers. Herbaceous ones are in shades of Pinks, including two tones, as well as lovely cream/white. Tree Peonies have more colour variety including Yellows, Plums (nearly Black), Oranges and Apricots. They both come in Single and Double forms.
They each thrive in Humus Rich, Friable, Organic soil, and will perform at their best with yearly applications of Lime or Dolomite.. this really is important! They enjoy a good amount of Sun.. but appreciate some shade from the hottest part of the day.
Winter is a GREAT time to plant... so be sure to drop into the Nursery and choose from the BEST selection in Canberra !
This is probably one of the questions we get asked most often here in the Nursery.
As Winter draws to a close and the first hint of Spring warmth urges us to get out into the Garden, our Roses are waking up from their Winter dormancy too !
Hopefully, all of your established Rose bushes would have been pruned in August and are well and truly bursting out with shiny, healthy NEW growth by now... which means... it's time to start fertilising!!! Here in the Heritage Nursery, we stock 'Sudden Impact' fertiliser that is specifically formulated for Roses and will guarantee strong growth and an abundance of blooms. From Spring onwards, feed every month with a 'R' in the name.. ie..September, October - March. We also carry our wonderful tried and true 'Healthy Earth' Fertiliser, which you can use alongside your Rose fertiliser... alternating between the two. Healthy Earth is a GREAT ALL AROUND choice for the WHOLE garden (Natives TOO) and contains more than 40 minerals, nutrients and trace elements, adding Organic matter and encouraging Earthworm population in your soil.
Many people assume that once you've planted a Native, you will Never have to lift a finger again and they will magically live forever with zero care !!!!
Not true of course! While in general, Native plants are pretty low maintenance, fertilising can boost active growth and general health of the plant. A few Natives are sensitive to MANY commercial fertilisers due to the Phosphorous levels they contain. Here at the Heritage Nursery we recommend using a specific Native fertiliser called 'Bush Tucker' OR our wonderful Organic 'Healthy Earth' fertiliser which is suitable for ALL plants.
Remember... as well as fertilising, Pruning and Drainage are equally important when tending to your endemic Aussie plants. We are here to advise on all your Native plant needs whenever you visit the Nursery.