Nursery

Our Mayfielders in the nursery are passionate about what they do. Many of the plants you see in Mayfield Garden have been propagated and grown by our nursery team.

Our Nursery Mayfielders not only have over 75 years of combined experience but keep their skills current by working not only in the nursery but in the garden itself alongside our awesome horticulturalists. Mayfield Nursery guarantees our plants and is a fabulous resource for you to tap into regarding design and planting advice.

We stock a wide range of cool climate and exotic plants, including those you will see in Mayfield and Hawkins’ Family Garden. Mayfield Nursery Ticket Office and Cafe also offer a wide range of garden décor items and equipment to enhance your garden. You will also find Mayfield gift ideas and branded gardening products.

Mayfield Nursery is open 7 days from 9 AM – 4.30 PM and offers free delivery to local areas (within 50 km) for purchases over $200.

 

SPRING GARDENING TIPS

Spring is the season for restoration and renovation, so, this Spring, Mayfield has some simple tips to make your lawn beautiful.

In Spring grasses wake from their winter sleep, so food and water demands increase. Give your lawn the attention it needs now! Improve your lawns appearance & health, by following these easy steps.
• To start, test your soil by doing a PH test.
• Clear away dead or dying grass and weed debris with a dethatching rake or implement. This step helps more light, air, and water to reach your lawn.
• Aerate the soil. Aerating extracts cores of dirt from the ground, improving drainage and decreasing soil compaction. Rent a core aerator for the day (or organise a working bee/coming of spring party in your street and all split the cost).
• Rejuvenate your lawn with compost and sand. Then add fertiliser and additives to amend your PH levels as needed. Lastly, apply the grass seed & rake in to fill cored holes.
• Proper watering is critical and warm temperatures are required for quick germination & root growth. Until roots are established, keep the grass seed moist & the soil watered. Then water regularly.

Tool maintenance:
• Hand tools: Reduce splinters by sanding back and oiling all wooden tool handles with linseed oil. Sharpen as required.
• Power tools: Start the season by getting the engine serviced & grease all moving parts if needed. Remember fresh fuel is a must.

What you may have missed:
• Pruning your roses & fruit trees
• Composting your vegetable patch & garden beds

More Tips
Garden edges: Use a spade to recut garden edges & lengths of conduit to establish garden beds for smooth curves & flowing lines.
Mulch: Apply a thick layer of mulch & save yourself some water as you prepare your garden for the summer heat.

Even More Tips
Irrigation: Test & clean hoses, tap fittings & sprinklers, & repair or replace it if required.
Planting: It’s the right time to be out there to plant veggies, flowers & those new shrubs.
Fertilizing: Fertilize winter flowering shrubs as they start to grow as well as bulbs & hellebores at the point of flowering; this will ensure a great show next year.
Pruning: To maintain shape & form, prune birch trees & winter flowering shrubs. When the risk of frost damage has gone, prune hedges & prune spireas in late spring straight after flowering.
Pests: Watch out for aphids on the tips of new bursting maples & fungal outbreaks in fruit trees or roses (for example, black spot). Also look for magpies feeding on your lawn as this could indicate that you have curl grubs eating the roots of your grass.

Tricks
Reducing water usage: We’re in the midst of a drought and so, in these drier times it is important to cut your water usage. Remember it is not the amount of water, it is the frequency. Rather than water for an hour once a week, water for 15 minutes three times a week. You can also turn lawn areas into garden beds. Install a microsystem to an existing tap with a timer.
Turn gardening into a family event by teaching your kids and grandkids the enjoyment of growing their vegetables. Mayfielder Leon says he was shown as a child to grow radishes. He raised them from seed to harvest is approximately 4-5 weeks. Leon says, “[It] kept me interested due to the quick result.” Let them sow down a pea patch. “I did this for my children,” Leon says, “And at harvest time the neighbourhood kids would come & pick & eat the peas.”
Take it a step further and make gardening a neighbourhood event. Throw a BBQ for friends, tell them it starts at 10 AM and when they arrive, ask them to give you a hand in the garden. After a couple of hours work, everybody is hungry & ready to eat. Then sit back, relax, and admire the work you all have achieved while you enjoy each others company. Then next week, repay the favour to your neighbours and friends.

Happy Spring Gardening!