Tag: tree

DIY Gardening tips: Mulch Rings

One of the most common questions I get asked by backyard gardeners goes something along the lines of this – “What can I do about the grass dying under my trees?”

You know the story. Those bare dirt patches under your trees. They might have a few spindly patches of grass or weeds, but generally, they look pretty terrible.

Now there are a few reasons why this happens, and a few different ways you can go about fixing your grass, but they’re not really that practical unless you’re keen to put in the hard yards, or start all the way from scratch again, and even then, the same issue will probably repeat itself again further down the track.

So what else can you do? Read more

Plant of the Month – Melaleuca 4

Hasn’t March flown by! We are up to the fourth installment in the plant of the month series. Last week we looked at the Grey Honey Myrtle, Melaleuca incana, the last of the Melaleuca series this week will be the Melaleuca viridiflora.

Genus: Melaleuca
Species: viridiflora
Common Name:
Flower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Habit: Small tree to 5m
Flowering: Autumn

The viridiflora is the Melaleuca variety that most looks like, and is confused with, Bottle Brushes. The distinctive red flower is almost identical to a Bottle Brush flower however the main give away that this is a melaleuca is the bark, which is much whiter than Bottle Brush trees.  Melaleuca viridiflora is a tree variety which grows to about 5m high and around about 2m wide. It is a great bird attracter and prefers full sun but can handle part shade. An absolutely fantastic Australian Native Plant choice.

Plant of the Month – Melaleuca 2

Last week I reviewed the Melaleuca fulgens, this week I will be discussing another Melaleuca variety, the argentea or Silver leaved paperbark.

Melaleuca argenteaGenus: Melaleuca
Species: argentea
Common Name: Silver leaved paperbark
Flower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Silver
Growth Habit: Small Tree
Flowering: Spring & Winter

The Melaleuca argentea is one of the tree-like varieties in the Melaleuca family. What makes this variety special to me is contrast it provides when around other melaleuca varieties, given its white flowers(with a tinge of yellow and cream) and silver foliage. This variety will grow from about 5m to around 7m in height and can function as a fantastic feature tree in any garden. For best results plant in full sun, you will not regret planting this Australian Native Plant!

Thanks to Lullfitz nursery for much of this information!