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There's lots to love about gardening in July in New South Wales. It's a good time to get everything ready and flourishing for spring as well as preparing the soil for summer. Here are some things that you can do in your garden this month.

Plant of the month: fruit trees

It's the perfect time to plant deciduous fruit trees while they are bare-rooted. There's a huge variety to choose from.

Fruit trees are a great asset in the garden because they provide beautiful, luscious fruit. And they have the added bonus of pretty, showy blossoms in spring, and coloured leaves in autumn.

Some fruit trees are self-fertile, which means they produce fruit even if growing on their own. Peach and nectarines are good examples. Generally, others such as apples, pears and Japanese plums need more than one tree for cross-pollination to ensure they yield. When you're buying your fruit trees, get some in-store advice about this as well as the best trees to grow in your area.

Plant your fruit trees in a sunny spot. Always dig a hole larger than the roots and add plenty of compost in the hole and surrounds at planting time. Also, stake your tree for support and protection against the wind.

For smaller backyards, dwarf trees are ideal. These smaller varieties can be either planted in the ground or in a large pot.

Pansy starlight plants.

What else to plant

Get in some pretty annuals such as violas, pansies and alyssum. These will add a lovely pop of colour in the garden.

There's also a wide selection of natives available at this time of year. As well as attracting birds and insects, they often grow pretty flowers during winter. Check out the range of banksias, callistemons and grevilleas.

Winter is the ideal time to plant some vegies too. Try broad beans, cabbages and cauliflowers. If you've got a nice sheltered spot, plant some lettuces too.

Leaks, beetroot, silverbeet and broccoli.

Harvest

There's nothing like reaping the rewards from your earlier hard work. Pick silverbeet, beetroot, broccoli, coriander, leeks and spinach.

Plant being pruned.

Maintenance

Don't hibernate inside, July is a good time to get out into the fresh air. Don't be scared about pruning back roses, they like a good cut back. And when you've finished pruning them, give them a spray with lime sulphur.

Now is also the time to prune deciduous trees, including fruit trees. This not only promotes growth but pruning keeps the trees in good shape too.

July is the perfect time to feed citrus. Spray them with white oil to control the nymphal stage of bronze orange bugs and mites.

Don't forget to mulch your garden or vegetable beds. This will help prevent weeds and will feed the soil as it breaks down.

There really is a lot to do in the garden at this time of year. Make sure you get out and enjoy the fresh air–your garden will thank you for it.

Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants available at your local Bunnings Warehouse and bring your garden to life.

 

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