Super Soil Wetter For A Sensational Summer

Super Soil Wetter For A Sensational Summer

At Austraflora, we’ve been busy building our brand new covered deck and BBQ area (just finished and opened a fortnight ago!) A beautiful display garden surrounds, with some established Austraflora plants growing. These are very important for breeder and development trials, propagation cutting collection, photography for our labels and website, and staff/customer outdoor enjoyment. Before we mulched, we thought it was an excellent opportunity to treat our gardens with Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner from Seasol. Being quite established, the soil needed a good pick me up. Also, with the works being carried out on the deck, the soil had been moved and disturbed a fair amount. The aim of the Super Soil Wetter was to improve water penetration and ensure that the soil would retain moisture and minimise drying. It contains liquid composts which improve and condition the soil, as well as Seasol which promotes healthy root growth and overall plant health. Super Soil Wetter also plays a role in stimulating the growth of beneficial soil microbes, which enhance the fertility and disease resistance of the soil and also helps to oxygenate the soil and improve retention and plant uptake of essential nutrients. After being blanketed with some good quality mulch, you can already tell that the plants are getting some great nutrient uptake with their healthy roots and vibrant growth, and water is definitely being locked in the soil – Great for watering efficiency and having less run-off and water wastage. It will remain active for many months, which will see us through the heat of summer. It was very easy to use and covered the soil...
Summer Stunners

Summer Stunners

Looking to add some sparkle to your garden this summer? These are our top picks that’ll shine in the sun. Eucalyptus Summer Scentsation (pictured) The name says it all, doesn’t it! Around the festive season until early autumn, glorious large yellow flowers will bloom with a lovely scent. They are bird, bee and butterfly attracting. You can also enjoy them indoors as a cut flower in a vase. The tree grows 4-6 m high x 3-4 m wide so will suit a small garden as a feature. Callistemon Summer Days This gorgeous shrub has an arching habit, and the flowers bloom on the ends of the branches. This means that you can really appreciate the display of dark red bottle brushes. The flowering time is quite late compared to other Callistemons, making it the perfect plant for Christmas… and gifts! Hibbertia Sun Shine The aptly named Hibbertia Sun Shine! A soft lush-foliaged compact shrub. We especially love the year round, lightly perfumed golden flowers which cover the plant, attracting butterflies on warm days. Bright and oh so beautiful! Remember as the weather gets warmer to give your plants plenty of attention. Water in the early morning and late evening, and be sure to mulch your garden beds! Sprinkle some Penetraide re-wetting granules on your pots, garden beds and lawns. It lasts up to 12 months and contains added fertiliser. The benefits include: 💧 Increased water penetration 💧 Increased water holding capacity 💧 Reduced water run-off A controlled-release fertiliser is ideal for a slow feed over the year, and for this Searles Robust Native Plants Fertiliser is our pick. It also contains an...
Make Quick Work Of Digging

Make Quick Work Of Digging

The weather’s warming up and it’s time to get out in the garden and do some planting before the summer heat really hits. What is the best way to do this effectively? We’ve put together some hints to help you out. If your digging job is decent (more than simple planting), always Dial Before You Dig. It’s a simple toll free call to 1100. Choose a dry day when the wind is still. It’s easier to dig when it’s not raining, although a bit of moisture is a good thing. Mark out your holes before you start. Get your spacing and measurements right, and mark with string for a straight line. Dump any removed soil onto a tarp or sheet of plywood so it’s easy to backfill. If a hole is unattended for a period of time, cover it with some plywood to prevent somebody injuring themselves, or soil falling back in. Have you heard of the QuikDrill from Fiskars? It’s a seemingly simple tool, but can make a big difference. When you drill soil, it leaves a smooth edged hole without getting stuck on small stones or roots. The tool’s handle is made from FiberComp (which is a fiberglass reinforced polyamide) to make it extremely strong while its steel tube shaft is designed for maximum strength when digging a hole. The efficiency of this tool is created by its dual cutting action with two optimally angled and sharpened blades. It’ll certainly help your back, arms and...
Photography Competition Winners 2018

Photography Competition Winners 2018

Congratulations to our fantastic winners of the Austraflora Photography Competition for 2018! A really wonderful result – 1400 entries, 52 Shortlisted Photos, and finally these amazing 12 Photographs. All of these glorious photos will feature in the Austraflora Calendar 2019 with proceeds going towards Multiple Sclerosis Limited. The details of the prizes can be found in this article: Austraflora Photo Comp Prizes 2018. The biggest thanks to Fiskars, Searles and Seasol. First   Second   Third, Fourth & Fifth “Kingaroy QLD” by Belinda Kranz “Eucalyptus sp.” by Sandy Winkle “Four Mile Hole Billabong NT” by Dianne English Finalists “Polblue Swamp Barrington Tops NSW” by Jason Slade “Banksia spinulosa” by Barry Callister “Grevillea sp.” by Fiona Ford “Swainsona formosa” by Janice Mildwaters “Telopea speciosissima” by Kim Duggan “Craspedia canens” by Nicola Beautyman “Caladenia discoidea” by Irma...
Clever Compost

Clever Compost

How excited were we to use the brand new Seasol Liquid Compost! It has just been released this spring and has completely wowed us! It’s a soil improver which you simply add to a watering can, or there is a hose on pack available. Absolutely no digging at all! Perfect for adding to your lawn, an established garden bed that you don’t wish to disturb or adding to a new garden bed to give your plants the best start. This amazing solution revitalises all soil types – improving structure and soil moisture retention, and encouraging worms and microbes. It can help to break up clay soils and reduce nutrient loss in sandy soils. Seasol Liquid Compost contains seaweed, fish and nutrients to help boost root growth, which will protect and improve the soil – especially after garden bed preparation. It also contains Seasol which will promote strong healthy growth and overall plant health. We decided to treat our display garden beds to it, especially for some of our advanced native plants that are established and mulched. Pictured here is our Atriplex Silver Holly, which really favours well drained sandy soil. It doesn’t perform as well in compacted and waterlogged clays, so is the perfect contender. It was easy to follow the instructions on the back of the bottle, and good to have the option to treat both regular soil and extremely poor soil depending on what the situation is. You continue the treatment every 3-6 months which is simple to keep on top of. The Liquid Compost soaked right in, easy peasy! Next to try was the hose on...