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A tree in a backyard during winter
It may be cold outside in most parts of New Zealand but there are still a few things that need to be done in the garden at this time of the year. But if you can't face going outside, you can always bring your garden inside suggests Bunnings horticulturalist Katrina Gatt.

 

It's time to prune

Pruning is a great way to not only tidy up the garden but also stimulate growth, and winter is the ideal time to do it. So, get out your secateurs, snips, loppers and saw and get cutting, especially if you are growing fruit/ornamental deciduous trees, roses, hydrangeas, fuchsias and hibiscus.

Find out how to prune trees and roses.

Get planting

The sun may be largely on vacation but there are still some plants that benefit from being planted at this time of year, including bare root trees, winter vegetables and colour, such as primulas, calendulas, pansies and violas.

Don't forget your lawn

There are a few things you can do for your lawn now that will guarantee you lush green coverage come spring. Weed regularly throughout winter – the ground is softer this time of year, so the weeds will come out much easier – followed by aerating and fertilising at the end of winter.

Make a plan for spring

It's always a good idea to plan ahead, so why not start mapping out your vegie garden for spring planting? If you prepare now you'll be ready to plant as soon as the sun makes its return in September.

Bring the outdoors in

If you can't face the cold outside, then try bringing your garden inside with a vertical garden. Indoor plants can enliven any space or you could even build your own terrarium. There are a variety of plants that thrive indoors, just make sure you check their ideal growing conditions and place them in the right spot and give them just the right amount of water and fertiliser.

Everything you need

Check out our great range of winter vegies, plants, hand tools and power tools or find some more garden inspiration.

 

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