What to feed now
A blend of both slow-release and liquid fertilisers will give flowering plants the boost they need – simply scatter a handful of slow-release fertiliser or pelletised manure around plants. For acid-loving shrubs, use a specially formulated fertiliser, such as Osmocote Plus Organics Roses, Gardenias & Azaleas. To keep the flowers coming, follow up with a potassium-rich liquid feed, like Yates Thrive Concentrate, Flower & Fruit Plant Food.
Native trees and shrubs
Many Australian plants are sensitive to high levels of phosphorus, found in general-purpose fertilisers. To ensure native varieties get their fair share of nutrients, use a native-specific granular fertiliser or give them a boost with Searles Flourish Native Plants Soluble Plant Food.
Herbs and vegetables
For established vegie beds, feed with a complete, slow-release fertiliser such as Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Vegetable, Tomato & Herb Plant Food, and supplement with liquid feeds to promote strong growth. If you’re planting up a vegie garden, enrich the soil with well-composted manure.
Plants growing in pots, tubs or hanging baskets quickly become deprived of nutrients. To keep them happy, apply a slow-release fertiliser such as Amgrow Ferticote Pots, Planters & Hanging Baskets or Yates Acticote Pots, Planters & Garden Beds. Water in, then spray the foliage with a seaweed-based plant tonic, such as Seasol, to give plants a boost before the slow-release fertiliser kicks in.
Slow-release fertilisers will provide your lawn with all the nutrients it needs. Look for a formula high in nitrogen, such as Scotts Lawn Builder and use a fertiliser spreader to ensure even application. For a quick hit of green, try a concentrated hose-on liquid fertiliser, such as Yates Lawn Master Rapid Greening Lawn Food – your grass will look lush in no time.
Fruit trees, especially any of the citrus varieties, can be quite demanding when it comes to being fed. Help them flourish with a slow-release fertiliser that’s enriched with essential trace elements. Look for Osmocote Plus Organics Fruit & Citrus or Yates Dynamic Lifter Plus Fruit Food.