A barbecue-ready backyard
Celebrity gardener and Richgro Ambassador Charlie Albone shares his secrets on getting your backyard BBQ-ready.
Clear out weeds
Barefoot in the backyard is an Aussie favourite, but not when the yard is covered in weeds! Bindii is an annual Aussie weed. It establishes from seed in autumn, grows actively through winter, and flowers in spring. The trick to stopping Bindii from spreading is to spray them in winter as soon as you see them. There are a range of products making it easy to get these under control, like Richgro Bindii and Weedkiller for lawns.
Create a more thought-out space with potted plants
Using plants in pots is a great way to give your yard a face-lift without breaking the bank. You can use pots to section off areas, add to feature walls, and brighten up the space.
Once you’ve chosen your pots and what you want to grow, there are a few things to keep in mind. Consider using liquid fertilisers as they are ideal for potted plants and are absorbed very quickly by the plants, assisting with immediate and consistent growth.
Choose one appropriate for your type of potted plant whether it be flowers, vegetables or fruit and use according to label directions. Watering pot plants can be difficult, as the water often runs over the edge of the pot and down between the container and soil, not getting into the plants’ roots. Add a soil soaker such as Richgro EZI-WET soil soaker to improve water penetration and allow the water to soak through.
For maintenance, inspect your plants to make sure they are disease-free, use a quality potting mix and clean pots. It is also important to keep a regular fertilising and watering program to ensure indoor and outdoor potted plants stay healthy.