Keep all exposed soil well mulched to minimize
water and nutrient loss by the sun. The mulch (3-5cm of
leaves, dried grass cuttings and soft plant material)
eventually turns into compost as an added bonus.
Do not till the beds. It disturbs the beneficial micro-organisms
of the soil. Loosen slightly if compacted after
applying fertilizer and slightly dig in the yearly dose of compost if still warm.
For the first month, water daily and water trees deeply
twice a week. After that, generally water less frequently,
but for longer to encourage deep rooting of the plants,
making them more drought-resistant.
Dead-head spent flowers to encourage more flowering.
Loosely stake young trees between two stakes to allow
Prune when necessary, but beware that over- pruning
Compost yearly and fertilize every 4 - 6 months:
o April: 2.3.2 for strong root formation over the
o August:3.1.5 and 5.1.5 for beds and 2.3.2 for
o December: 3.1.5, 5.1.5 for beds to ensure
sustained strong growth, healthy foliage and
profuse flowering and 2.3.2 for lawns