Garden Diary

Garden Care Blog from Kiwicare. New Zealand's premier manufacture and supplier of garden care products.

Preventing Winter Damage to Plants

In mild areas of New Zealand, tender plants can survive over winter outside with some protective coverings. But in cold or exposed areas even hardy plants may need some protection from the cold and wind.

When to Sow Grass Seed

A common gardening question is ‘when can I sow grass seed’? The answer may surprise you. Read on.

Spraying to Protect Roses

Many rose varieties are susceptible to pests and diseases. A simple spray programme can prevent pest and disease problems.

Warm and Cool Season Lawn Grasses

New Zealand has both warm and cool regions. Lawns are most commonly of cool season grasses but in warm regions, particularly coastal areas, warm season grasses can be used for lawns.

What to do About Soggy Soil and Puddles on Your Lawn

Is your soil soggy? Do puddles form on your lawn? Few plants like their roots wet for long periods; most garden plants prefer well-draining soils. What to do about soggy soil.

Flying Ants

Often referred to as alates, ants with wings are the males and queen female ants who grow wings, take the air for a nuptial flight to reproduce and start new colonies. This happens in the form of swarms that can be of significant numbers.

How to Plant Roses

Roses can be planted in winter (May-August) and in spring/summer/autumn (September-March). There are some subtle differences in how to plant depending on when you are planting.

How to Grow Everything - General Advice on Growing Plants

When we grow plants in our gardens, or in pots, or indoors, or in green houses, or wherever, there are some general ‘rules’ about how to get the best growth.

Lime, Sulphur and Gypsum

Lime, Sulphur and Gypsum – When and where to use these in your garden.

Fruit Tree Care

What is better than wandering out into the garden to pick your own lemons, apples, peaches etc.? But there are some tips to making sure the harvest is bountiful and the fruit not affected by pests and diseases.

Keep Your Compost Cosy This Winter

In the cool winter conditions the compost pile my cool and the break down processes will slow and may even halt. There are some things you can do to help keep your compost cosy this winter so that it continues to break down organic waste.

Measure Soil Fertility by Earthworms

Gardeners know that having earthworms in the soil is good for the soil. But do you know they can tell you the fertility level of the soil?

Rake Up Those Leaves

In Autumn leaves naturally fall off deciduous trees. If the leaves collect on lawns they can 'smother' lawn grasses; shading and squashing grass, encouraging damp conditions under the leaves where disease may flourish. So rake up those leaves regularly.

Watch Out for Rodents Eating Your Bulbs

Protect the spring flowering bulbs you plant in autumn from hungry rodents. Rats and mice will dig up your newly planted bulbs and eat them.

What’s the Buzz about Chafer Beetles?

Have you woken to find the leaves on some of your trees or shrubs stripped? Have you found brown or bronze coloured beetles dead in your house after a warm night where you left the window open?

Autumn Lawn Care

Early autumn is the very best time to get your lawn healthy, weed free, thickened and looking great in preparation for winter. Don’t wait for spring next year as so many do.

How to Water Your Plants

It might seem an easy question to answer; turn on the hose and wet everything. But although plants need water, there are some tips that will mean you provide with the water they need without causing them harm.

Create Your Own Planting Diary with this Kiwicare Template

Keep track of your own garden planting and planning by downloading and filling in this simple Kiwicare Planting Diary.

6 Things To Do Before You Go On Holiday

These are 6 things you should do before you go away on holiday to the beach, or even if you intend to stay at home over the holiday period.

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Butterflies add movement and colour to a garden. Butterflies are evolved to be attracted to and feed on nectar in flowers. If you wish to attract more butterflies to your garden here are some tips.

Gro-Sure Easy Flowers - Blooming Easy!

Everyone finds a garden full of colourful, fragrant flowers a pleasing sight, not to mention the feel good factor of helping the bees!

LawnPro Lawn Thickener - Before and After

Before and after photos of a lawn treated with LawnPro Lawn Thickener from a recent user of the product (September 2016).

Lawns - To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

Mulching a lawn is when you leave the lawn clippings on the lawn rather than collecting them in the lawn mower catcher. Some lawn mowers can be set to 'mulch'. To mulch or not to much a lawn is a question that can be answered in two ways.

Kiwicare Lawn Maintenance Calendar

The Kiwicare Guide to Healthy Lawns - Get your Lawn Maintenance Calendar

How to Thicken Your Lawn

By adding new grass seed and soil conditioner, your lawn will grow strong, healthy and thick and is this will help prevent weeds.

How to Videos - Use LawnPro Lawnguard to Control Grass Grub ands Other Lawn Pests

How to use LawnPro Lawnguard granules to get rid of and prevent grass grub, porina caterpillar, cutworm ants and other soil dwelling insect pests in lawns and flowerbeds.

Rats and Mice in the Garden

Rats and mice are pests in the garden. They eat seeds and seedlings, gnaw and damage irrigation pipework, live in compost heaps and leave urine and droppings that can carry disease.

Stop Onehunga Prickles in Your Lawn

Onehunga Prickle Weed is a common weed of lawns and recreational turf and is probably one of the most hated because of its prickly seeds which are painful to walk on.

Organic Winter Care

Ensure your garden explodes with health in spring by taking a little time now to protect your trees and shrubs from pests and diseases.

Ellerslie Flower Show

Ellerslie International Flower Show is on in Christchurch's Hagley Park 7th-11th March 2012.

Stinging Insects in New Zealand

There are few stinging insects in New Zealand but the few we have can cause more than just a nuisance; they can be a threat to our health.

Mixing and Diluting Spray Concentrates

Many Kiwicare products for use in the garden are concentrates or powders for mixing with water or other solvent before application. This article provides advice on how to dilute and make up sprays from concentrates.

Spring Clean your Garden

Spring has sprung. Buds have burst open and weeds are beginning to increase in number and size on paths and in flower beds.

Protect Your Plants From Disease

It's always better to prevent your plants from being infected with diseases rather than trying to cure them.

How to Prune Roses

Winter is the time to prune and protect your roses in preparation for getting the best display from them this summer.