• Date: 04/10/2016
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

The sun is out, the birds are singing and our roses at GMCT are about to bloom! GMCT’s horticulture team cares for over 20,000 individual rose bushes across 605 hectares, including a precious 100-year-old heritage tea rose at Coburg Cemetery.

As we wait for our cemetery gardens to show their beautiful spring colours, our horticulturalists offer some tips to help you get the most out of your own garden during the season:

  • Use this time to clean your garden by removing leaves, sticks and debris that may harbour pests and diseases.

  • Clean and sharpen your tools as you will need them for plant and soil maintenance.

  • Test your soil to check nutrient levels.

  • Add organic matter such as compost to the garden and fertilise your plants to encourage healthy leaves, blooms and fruit.

  • Mulch your garden beds and tree bases to prevent weeds and diseases. Mulch also helps retain moisture and maintains soil temperature for the plant’s roots. HINT – Keep mulch a few inches from the plant stems to prevent the roots from rotting.

Did you know that GMCT hosts free rose pruning workshops for the community in wintertime? If you are not already registered, sign up for our eNewsletter to stay updated on these and other upcoming events.