Summer is almost here, and before we get carried away with hosting all those backyard BBQ’s and having picture perfect high-teas, we need to get cleaning up the winter weeds and planting those flowering plants to get the garden in full bloom.
To help you make the best of this spring weather, we’ve compiled a list of To-do’s to bring your garden to life;
Fertilise – Start with an Organic based fertilisers. They help new growth and flowering. Liquid fertilisers are a great way to add nutrients to your plants.
Prune your Shrubs – Early spring is a great time for pruning. Spring pruning triggers new growth, and helps to prevent disease issues.
Remove winter mulch – Once the temperature starts to warm up in the spring, you can remove any winter mulch you may have added over your sensitive plants last fall.
Clean up the vegetable garden – Pull out any dead vegetable plants that you didn’t get around to removing last fall. Try to remove as much of the plant debris and roots of the plants as you can as you clean up your vegetable garden beds.
Remove those weeds – Spring is a great time to get a jump on garden weeds, and pull them before they have time to become established. Weeds are easy to see in the spring before all the perennial plants start filling in. Hand weeding and using a good thick layer of mulch will not only keep weeds at bay, mulch helps maintain soil temperatures and soil moisture, providing plants with the support needed to grow and perform better.
Maintain your lawns – For the ideal summer lawn, start weeding and feeding today. To keep it looking its best, top dress any bare patches in the lawn, watering in well. Spray with selective weed killer. Fertilising your lawn in the spring will also help it maintain its vibrant green colour and help maintain moisture during the hot summer months.
Pest and disease – A good horticultural oil will help keep plants pest and disease free. Saturate the plant and repeat in two weeks for best results. Treat all types of plants with a horticultural oil every fortnight to keep them bug free.
Pot seedlings – If you enjoy hanging baskets or pots of flowers, now is the time to plant flowering seedlings in them so they will be ready for Christmas. Salvia, daisies, petunias, dianthus, alyssum, lobelia and begonias all look fantastic and grow well in pots or baskets.
This all does sound like a chore, but once you’ve put in that effort your garden would be the blooming with joy ! Last but not the least, remember to wash all your garden furniture and do a big sweep of the garden to remove any debris if left behind.
Happy Spring Cleaning !