Day 12

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If you love your garden but don’t feel you have enough time or energy to spend hours gardening (or just want more time to enjoy your little patch of greenery) then here are 10 easy gardening shortcuts.

1. Mulching

Simply applying a layer of mulch such as bark chips over your garden beds has the magical effect of ‘completing’ the look of the garden. It covers bare soil and visually links everything together, with the added benefits of reducing weed growth and helping keep the soil moist.

2. Long term weeding

Some weedkillers can help prevent weeds coming up in paths and hard surfaces for up to 12 months. So, just one application of a product like Yates Pathweeder can control weeds for up to a year. Now that’s smart weeding!

3. Install a watering system

Regular and thorough watering can be time consuming, so installing a watering system with a timer means you can have a weekend sleep in and be watering your garden at the same time. The Pope Raised Garden Bed Irrigation Kit is ideal – it’s easy to use and can be used with automatic timers. The kit simply attaches to a garden hose and the adjustable flow trickler on spikes allows water emitted to be adjusted to meet individual plant needs.

4. Grow low maintenance plants

Including dwarf varieties of plants in your garden means you’ll spend less time chopping and pruning as they’ve been specially developed to remain dense and compact. Hedging and border plants like murraya, nandina, abelia, and viburnum and Australian natives like westringia, lily pily, bottlebrush, banksia and grevillea are all available in dwarf or compact varieties that require less trimming.

5. Organic feeding

Feeding plants is a very important part of keeping them healthy and productive. Organic plant foods like Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser are a rich source of organic matter to promote soil health, but also feed plants like flowers and vegies for up to 6 – 8 weeks with slow release organic nutrients. So you can rest easy knowing that just one application of Yates Dynamic Lifter will feed your plants and nurture the soil for many weeks.

6. Grow long lived vegies

If you love the thought of home grown vegies and herbs but are daunted by the need to replant each season then there are some fantastic edibles that will grow for up to 12 months or more. You can repeat harvest silverbeet, kale, spinach, spring onions parsley and chives for many months, keeping your kitchen well stocked with healthy greens.

7. Easily fill a bed with flowers

If you have a bare spot in the garden an easy way to fill it with colour is by mixing some Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers into the soil, scattering some flower seed over the area, gently raking it in and keeping the area moist. Yates ‘Festival of Flowers’ and Yates ‘Wild Flowers of the World’ are 2 very pretty seed blends that can quickly fill a garden bed with a rainbow of colour. Nurture, scatter, rake and water. It’s as simple as that!

8. Self-watering pots

Self watering pots and hanging baskets have a water reservoir in the base that the plants can draw from. This means that you can increase the time between waterings but still have flourishing, well watered plants. Self watering pots are particularly handy if you’re away from your garden and can’t water for a few days.

9. Feature pots

It’s surprising what a difference just one decorative pot filled with flowers makes. Whether you position the pot at your front door step to welcome you home or feature it on an outdoor table on a balcony or patio, it will bring a happy splash of colour into your world and create a ‘look at me’ focal point. A well fed and watered pot of flowers can last for a season or longer, so you’ll only need to refresh it a few times a year to have a fabulous ongoing display. In the warmer months think of planting pretty petunias, geranium and verbena together and in cooler weather combine gorgeous lobelia, pansies and salvia.

10. Succulents

Succulents are the ultimate low maintenance plants, requiring minimal watering and feeding. They come in a multitude of different shades and interesting shapes and a bowl filled with succulents provides wonderful year round colour. Requiring only intermittent watering and feeding (with a liquid fertiliser like Yates Thrive All Purpose Soluble Plant Food), they’re perfect for time poor gardeners but still help you look like you’re an absolute green thumb!


Welcome to Day 12 of the Yates Spring Celebration!

We are giving you the chance to win could win 1 of 3 Lazy Gardener Tool Kits! (RRP$90.25)

day 12 prize

Prize pack includes:
1 x Yates Silverbeet Fordhook Giant
1 x Yates Kale
1 x Yates Spinach Baby Leaf
1 x Yates Parsley Italian
1 x Yates Spring onion
1 x Yates Fesitval of Flowers
1 x Yates Wild Flowers of the World
1 x Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb
1 x Yates Pathweeder 500ml
1 x Pope Garden Irrigation
1 x Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers


Just a reminder each day a new competition will become available to enter, up until the 30th September.

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Be sure to check back every day for new prizes to be won!

There is one entry allowed per household and all entries must be in by 5.00pm 30th September, 2017.

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What to sow in Spring

Yates has a wide variety of seeds available in our range that are perfect to plant this spring. If you’re looking for a fun activity with the family, get them out into the garden to get dirty.

Click the images below to learn more about what to plant now.

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