Now is a great time to get out in your spring garden and knock over a few jobs. Not only is the weather perfect, your plants are primed for an explosion of colour, fragrance and new growth.
Mulch your beds
A simple chore that is often ignored year in year out. Mulch is probably one of the most important aspects of a long-term healthy garden bed. Mulch works to insulate your soil from summer heat, prevents erosion in storm season, keeps to weeds down, keeps moisture in the soil and breaks down to add organic matter to your soil. Avoid using weed control products such as plastic matting under your mulch as this can turn the soil sour and rock hard. Go for fine, aged tree harvested mulch or sugar cane straw. These products break down faster to feed your soil. Go for 75-100mm of fresh mulch, once a year in the spring and you can’t go wrong!
Spring garden feeding
All this impending new growth takes a lot of energy and nutrients. So make the most of higher seasonal rainfall and give your plants a tasty feed.
Before fertilising, check the pH level of your soil using a pH test kit. If it is too high or low, this could inhibit the uptake of some chemicals (such as iron) so causing deficiencies in the plant, even though the required nutrients are present in the soil. For most garden plants a soil pH of between 5.5 and 7 is suitable.
Look for a balanced fertiliser with good levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, but remember some plants have specific requirements. So if you’ve got some particular requirements, it’s best to buy a specialist mix. Blood and bone is great for natives, nitrogen rich options are great for leafy vegetables and potassium is important for flower and fruit production.
For most garden plants a soil pH of between 5.5 and 7 is suitable
Change things up
If you have plants in your garden that are not doing well, now is a great time to make a choice. Keep or cull. Try something new, planting at the beginning of spring will give your new planting option a full growing season to bed its roots be it in a pot or garden.
A fan of flowers, try planting some ‘Forget-me-not’ (Myosotis), Viola pansies, Aster, Primula (Polyanthus), Petunias, Helleborus, Bergenia, Bellis, Wallflower (Erysimum) and Torenia to fill your garden with beautiful colour.
Spring is also a great time to lay a new lawn. If you have an old spot of struggling couch grass, consider swapping out for a new more rugged Buffalo option. It’s pretty hard to kill grass in spring. Warm nights with high seasonal rainfall makes for perfect growing conditions, meaning simply killing off the remnants of your old turf, cultivate the soil and throw down some fertiliser and you should be good to go!