Lismore Garden Club News

If your garden is being invaded by insects and bugged by bugs why not consider the natural approach to solving the problem. Make your garden attractive to native birds, lizards and frogs which are natural predators of chewing and sucking insects in the garden and you will not have to pay big money for sprays which often do more harm than good.

There is no doubt that grevilleas and bottle brushes (callistemon) are at the forefront of native bird attractant trees and shrubs for the home garden. There are countless good hybrids in our local nurseries. Be sure to go to a nursery that has experienced people to help you choose the best plants for your garden. Birds are also attracted to a reliable source of drinking and bathing water in safe places where they are not prone to ambush by cats.

Lizards are not hard to please. All they require is a garden with plenty of cover that is free of dogs and cats. Frogs likewise require little in the way of creature comfort. With them it’s a simple matter of “build it and they will come” (a frog pond, that is, with a few rush-type bog plants). Once again, they thrive best in a garden with no cats or dogs.

I have often recommended controlled-release fertilisers such as Osmacote for potted plants. There is no doubt that they will make a huge difference to the health and growth of your plants. They are applied in October and again in January or February. Do not apply them in winter.

The Lismore Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Lismore Workers Club. For info, phone Ray on 6625 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353. Potential new members most welcome.

Finally: “A work fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” – Proverbs 25:11

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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