Myrtle Rust is a fungal disease which attacks members of the Myrtle family, ie natives such as eucalypts, tea-trees, lilly-pillies, melaleucas, and exotics (non-natives) such as the Rose Apple (Syzygium jambos). We’ll get to the bad news shortly, but the good news is, Myrtle Rust only attacks myrtle plants and it will not infect your banksias, grevilleas, wattles, gardenias, graptophyllums or any other natives. The other good news is that experience from ‘down south’ (where the disease has been established for some time) shows that, while some myrtle plants are severely affected, a large number of myrtle species appear to be only moderately susceptible or even relatively tolerant. So you can still have a beautiful native garden.
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So, if you’ve not got enough room to plant a normal screen, what can you do?
Here’s an idea …. put up a trellis, plant a selection of vines, and hey presto! … you’ve created a living, breathing, flowering, green fence.
They’re fast growing and hardy. They’re really easy to grow. They flower prolifically and for most of the year. They attract all sorts of beautiful native birds. There’s a wide range of flower colours from white to pink to orange. They come in all sizes from ground covers to larger shrubs. What more could you ask?
It’s just crazy that in our tropical climate there has been a trend to landscape new yards with ‘happy plants’ and yuccas, with not a tree in sight. How un-tropical can you get?
Yes, you CAN fertilise native plants! And it will spruce up your garden and put that old ‘zing’ back into your plants.
Native plants, like all plants, appreciate some fertiliser and a bit of old-fashioned tender loving care from time to time.
However, you do need to be careful about what type of fertiliser you apply to your native garden. Continue reading Is your garden looking a bit daggy?…
Here’s a few tips from old-hands…
The 140mm pot (which is larger than a tube) is the smallest size (and hence the cheapest plant) that will ensure survival and success at planting. Buying your plants in tubes is false economy if they don’t grow, or worse still if they die.
That is why the bulk of Yuruga’s plants are sold in 140mm pots, and why only a small range of our plants are available to you in tubes.
So how about breaking the mould and having a true-blue Aussie Christmas Tree this year.
The trouble is that this, on its own, will not solve the problem. Myna Birds have only moved into Cairns in pest proportions because the native birds have been driven out. Native birds need native plants, but over the years Cairns gardens have become more and more exotic and less and less native. Hence, a vacuum of native birds has created a void for exotic Myna birds to fill.
Trapping and removing the Myna birds is not a permanent solution. Native birds will not move back into gardens made of exotic plants, even if there are no Myna birds there. Continue reading Controlling Myna Birds…
Leaf drop at the moment is massive. Plants are coping with the dry by shedding leaves, and many once-dense screens now have a see-through look. Don’t waste the leaves – they’re a valuable resource! Rake them back onto the garden, and pile them up around your plants as mulch. Or if you’ve got a leaf blower, put it to work – it’s such an easy way to keep your garden tidy and top up your mulch at the same time.