January 26, 2017

If you’re looking to create a beautiful garden, then Wyee Nursery Manager Russell Brown is a handy man to know.

Starting his career as a landscape contractor, including work at Wyee Nursery, he was eventually offered a job at the well-known nursery and hasn’t looked back since.

“My main role is nursery manager, I oversee the purchasing of all green life products, the pricing and merchandising as well as liaising with suppliers and staff,” he said.

Not afraid to get his hands dirty, he also does consultations with customers, either at the nursery or at their home or business to help them design their perfect garden or outdoor space, as well as helping out with the general nursery work.

While Russell has a love for gardening and being outside, the favourite part of his work is the people.

“I enjoy meeting lots of different people, both the customers and people from the industry,” he said.

And his number one tip for a beautiful, lush garden? “Don’t skimp on fertiliser, water and mulch – if you use enough of these you will have a low-maintenance garden,” he said.

Six top tips to beat the heat

As summer approaches, Russell has plenty of tips for people wanting to keep their garden looking nice in the heat.

  1. Use mulch to shield the soil from the summer sun, conserving moisture and keeping the root zone cool.
  2. Make sure to weed as they rob the garden of moisture and nutrients.
  3. Plant hardy seasonal colour such as petunias, angelonia, zinnia, echinacea or cosmos, just to name a few.
  4. The general rule is to prune anything lightly after flowering and if you have natives, a little harder pruning is okay for them.
  5. Raise your mowing height to encourage a denser lusher sward of grass which will compete with summer weeds.
  6. Keep an eye out for chewing and sucking pests as well as mildew and fungal problems and then treat as necessary.

Q&A

One word to describe your own garden: “Whimsical.”

The question you are asked the most: “Can you identify this disease, insect or plant species?”

Favourite plant: “My favourite tree would be a tupelo – it has the most perfect horizontal branching and is 100 per cent reliable for autumn colour.”

Favourite flower: “The easy-to-care-for camellia – has an awesome bloom in winter when not much else is flowering.”

Tips from Russell Brown, Gardening Guru.

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