By Liza Vos – Moonlight Gardens
Moonlight Gardens is very excited to join the LCE Landscaper team and we will do our very best to deliver an outstanding service and the very best advice possible
At the last landscapers meeting, we were given permission to plant the following additional plants in pots:
- Strelitzia reginae
- Aloe arborescens
- Aloe ferox
- Aloe marloti
- Crassula species
- Jasminum multipartitum
- Clivia miniata
- Monopsis unidentata
- Pelargonium Species
- Geranium species (Indigenous only)
- Cycads/ Broodbome (Please ensure that all permits are in order to ensure legal compliance)
Please don’t take shortcuts when planting in pots! Ensure the drainage is done properly otherwise you are going to lose your plants and have to redo everything!
The Bug Problem
When the flowers die off, prepare for the ‘Bug Season’. This can be a problem at LCE where we want to avoid pesticides and herbicides as far as possible. Luckily fynbos has its own remedies and the following plants are most definitely not at the top of a bug’s menu:
- Coleonema alba (unpalatable for most bugs)
- Agathosma sp (bugs are repelled by the strong smell and can also be used to make repellent sprays to use on other plants)
- Chondropetalum and Thamnochortus sp
- Gnidia (this looks good throughout the year)
- Pelargonium sp (a good aphid repellent but prone to white fly in deep shade)
- Eriocephalus (good repellent tea sprays)
- Tarchonanthus (aromatic- insects avoid them)
- Tulbaghia (strong garlic smell which most bugs dislike)
Make sure these plants are planted in your garden and half the battle is won!
I have quite a snail problem in my garden at the moment and came across this very handy ‘trick’ / tip:
Cut a plastic bottle in half and bury it in the soil with the neck end just peeking out. Feed snail pellets or any other ‘bait’ into the opening. This will ensure that only the snails get to them and NOTHING else. If the snails are having a feast on your newly planted herbs, plant the following in and around your herb, snails HATE them.
Mint, garlic, chives, geraniums, foxgloves and fennel: Remember these are only permitted in pots or other planters.
- If you haven’t done any pruning yet, it is not too late. Cut those scruffy looking growth out of your shrubs and cut back to about knee height to encourage new growth from the bottom.
- It is a good idea to put a fresh layer of compost around your plants and a thick layer of bark or mulch on top. Your plants will thrive and the mulch/ bark will keep the soil moist in the hot summer months that lie ahead.
- Cut dead flowers out to encourage longer flowering shrubs.
- Clean all paths and straighten those garden edges.
- Scarify your lawn: feed it with a good fertilizer and put a layer of lawn dressing on top. This will ensure that your lawn will be in tip-top shape. You might even be tempted outside to do some stargazing on those beautiful summer nights.
If this sounds like a lot of work, don’t despair. Give the Moonlight team a call and we will gladly assist. We are also able to supply potting soil, bone meal, compost, bark, fertilizer and lawn dressing.
Get out into your garden and enjoy!
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