5 tips for your winter garden

With more than 25 years under his gardening belt, Noyea Head Gardener Scott Herse has you covered this winter. Here are his tips to keep your garden fresh.

It can be hard to keep your garden looking green and fresh during the winter months. Thankfully, Scott Herse, Head Gardener at Noyea Retirement Village, has given us his tips to spruce up your garden this winter and keep it looking its best.

1. It’s time to prune your roses

Get your gardening gloves ready, because Scott says this is the perfect time to prune your roses. This includes fertilising, mulching and any replanting if need be.

2. Tidy in time for spring

All areas of the garden will need pruning, weeding and mulching ready for the spring. The soil is generally moist in winter which makes it easier to pull weeds.

3. Plant your annuals and bulbs

Now is a great time to start planting so you have a beautiful flowering display in spring. Visit your local nursery for advice on what to plant in your area.

4. Care for your citrus

After your citrus trees have finished fruiting they will start flowering in winter. At this point, it’s best to fertilise, mulch and water.

5. Design and improve

Winter is a great time for planning and preparation. You could complete that improvement job you’ve always wanted to do, or plan a new design for the garden. To get your ideas flourishing, consider preparing a vegetable patch, designing a new rose bed or planting now so you can enjoy a colourful display in spring.


A green thumb flourishes

For over 25 five years, Scott, has proudly maintained the gardens at Noyea Retirement Village. Every day Scott likes to create a plan for the day ahead – be it mowing, watering, mulching, pruning or replacing light bulbs. But, like all plans, things don’t always go to schedule!  Some days Scott is called upon to assist with urgent tasks, such as fixing water leaks or supervising external contractors

Scott started as a junior in the early 90s, and has since gained much of his knowledge from his Managers at Noyea, as well as various contractors and tradespeople. His skills have flourished in that time, and he finds great purpose in keeping the gardens beautiful. “Back then I was pushing a wheelbarrow around the village, and now in 2020 I supervise a team of two, with golf buggies and a large range of modern garden machinery. I’ve always enjoyed working outside maintaining the gardens and grounds and ensuring our residents have an enjoyable place to live.”

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