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Summer native plant care

Beautiful kangaroo paws that have finished flowering can now have their spent flowering stems cut back and if the leaves are starting to look at bit tired and worn, they can be cut back to ground level as well. This will encourage a fresh flush of healthy new green foliage and promote development of more gorgeous bee and bird attracting flowers.
You can also trim off any old flower heads on other native plants such as bottlebrush and grevillea. After pruning, give native plants a feed with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, which is safe for feeding native plants and will help stimulate fresh leaf growth.

It’s also a great time to refresh the mulch layer around native plants, which may have deteriorated during the summer. Organic materials like bark chips and leaf mulch not only help to protect the top soil from the elements but also add valuable organic matter to the soil as they decompose.

Myrtle rust is a relatively new disease in Australia which attacks native plants such as lilly pilly, agonis, tea tree (Melaleuca), bottlebrush (Callistemon), Austromyrtus and Eucalypts. It initially causes bright yellow to orange powdery spots which may be surrounded by a purple ring and causes leaves to distort. Extensive myrtle rust infection can result in plant death.As soon as myrtle rust is noticed it’s important to initiate some control measures, which will help limit the spread both to other garden plants and also into our bushland.

Yates® Zaleton® Fungicide will help control myrtle rust. It contains a combination of two fungicides to both cure existing disease and prevent further infection. To help limit the spread of myrtle rust, any secateurs or garden tools that come into contact with infected plants should be disinfected and any prunings should be placed in a plastic bag and put into the rubbish.


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