The gardens at Steenberg Hotel are particularly spectacular in April. The salvia which lines the perimeter of our lawn is in full bloom with its vivid halo of purple visible from far away. Seeing as though we are in lockdown during this time of beauty, the gardens can only be enjoyed by our essential gardeners and the local critters, insects and bird life.
Our team of gardeners at Room to Grow have helped us put together some gardening tips for you to use in your garden during the months of April and May. These are tasks our essential gardeners will be performing during lockdown while they attend to our gardens, to ensure they are even more beautiful when we are able to return to our hotel again.
We realise that with nurseries closed under lockdown, you might not have these items on hand at home, but if the lockdown is lifted in May, you can still fit in a few of these tasks before winter.
Roses will give their last flush of flowers in April before the winter. Give them their final pest control treatment (e.g. Rosecare) in April as well as their last application of fertiliser (e.g. Bounceback) in April for the season. Make sure to continue removing the dead flower heads from your rose bushes regularly.
Prune your summer flowering shrubs such as Plumbago, Lavender, Guara and Erigeron in April and/or May to ensure they thrive and flower next summer. Don’t delay regularly deadheading your Tulbaghias.
Spruce up your beds and pots by planting some winter flowering annuals such as Pansy, Viola, Alyssum, Primula and Dianthus. Make sure to prepare the beds/pots well with compost, bone meal and 3:1:5 fertiliser to encourage good growth and prolific flowering. Remember snails love annuals so apply snail bait after planting and give good water prior to the winter rains arriving.
We hope you have enjoyed reading through our tips. Let us know via our social media channels how your garden is doing, we’d be happy to help with any questions you have.
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