Spring gardening…As the birds sing their ‘colourful’ tunes and we embrace that extra hit of vitamin D to renew our spirits, it’s time to dust off your mower and kick into garden maintenance gear, because Spring has finally sprung! 

If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to Spring gardening, don’t panic because we have a bunch of advice to help you get started. Sean, Shaw Landscape Groups very own Maintenance Team Leader and local lawn expert, Julie – Sales Manager at Turfco, have shared their expert tips that are sure to help your garden not only survive but thrive this Spring season.

Press Reset

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We all know that during the colder Winter months your yard can take a backseat, so the best place to start would be to give your garden a much needed clean-out. From raking leaves, clearing Winter mulch, to removing any dead growth and debris, a thorough garden Spring clean is crucial to spruce up your exterior and help stimulate new growth.

Another important and somewhat tedious task is removing unwanted weeds from gardens and lawns. Not only do they make things look messy, weeds are super spreaders and can often be difficult to manage. If you need help identifying and eliminating weed species, here is a useful guide.

Turfco’s Top Tip: During your reset and clean-out, the turf experts over at Turfco suggest moving any large objects that have been stationary, such as trampolines, cubby houses and swingsets. By shifting these bulky items, you’re allowing your lawn to breathe, rejuvenate and catch more of that beautiful sunshine.

Prune and Groom

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Whip your garden into shape with a little pruning and grooming. To help prevent pests and disease and ensure your plants perform their best, September and October are the ideal months to get pruning. As a general rule, shearing back evergreens and dormant plants in the early part of spring is suitable and for the flowering varieties, it’s best to wait until these plants have finished blooming. Don’t forget to give your tools a little clean and sharpen – trust us, it will help to make tackling the sometimes overwhelming task of pruning so much easier.

Sean’s Top Tip: Ensure you do some research before you start giving your trees a good old haircut. Even if a tree is growing on your property, often you’ll need to seek and receive council approval to trim or remove any overhanging branches. Head over to our earlier blog on all things tree pruning and removal to find out more.

Repot overgrown plants and top up your mulch

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Mulching in Spring will help to keep your plants cooler (and much happier) in the lead up to the harsher heat of the Summer months. Adding a fresh dose of mulch to garden beds and tree wells will do wonders for moisture retention, as well as be visually appealing. It’s easy to forget that mulch decomposes over time and regularly needs to be topped up. Around 75mm deep is an adequate amount of mulch to lay – think of it like a beautifully insulated blanket. As for your potted varieties, don’t stunt their growth! Purchase some larger containers and get replanting. 

Sean’s Top Tip: Be sure to select a mulch that is going to best support that particular area of your garden e.g. Sugarcane mulch is best suited for a rose garden, as opposed to tan bark or any other mulch that can take longer to break down.

Feed your plants

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Spring time calls for warmer weather and enthusiastic growth. By fertilising your garden in early Spring, you’re feeding it with all of the beneficial nutrients it’s going to need to thrive. To give your garden a boost, we suggest opting for a slow release organic fertiliser which will break down over a longer period of time. When it comes to your lawn, a specialised lawn fertiliser is required. Don’t be afraid to take photos and pay your local nursery a visit if you’re unsure of the correct fertiliser to use for your garden.

Sean’s Top Tip: Reduce your carbon footprint and go organic. Try to use organic where possible, as it is not only better for the environment but is nearly always best for your garden. Bees in the Spring are very active as a result of the abundance of flowering. If you’re using a chemical spray, check the label on your product first and avoid anything harmful e.g. ingredients like ‘OXAMYL’, ‘CARBARYL’, or ‘CLOTHIANIDIN’.

Water Smarter

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. As we move into the Spring season, it’s important to keep your garden hydrated. That may mean you need to adjust your current watering habits. We recommend watering in the early morning or late afternoon to help avoid excess water loss due to evaporation and maximise water to root penetration.

Sean’s Top Tip: Deep water during the warmer months. Changing your watering habits could simply mean taking a little extra time to water your garden to allow for your plants to have a good soaking. Alternatively, adjusting your irrigation or sprinkler systems to reflect the change in temperature is another solution to ensure your plants get enough hydration.

Testing 1,2,3…

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Spring is the perfect time of year to be testing your soils pH levels. A lacklustre garden can sometimes be influenced by the quality of it’s soil. If you’re finding that your lawn or plants are not responding to fertiliser or just underperforming in general, it could be due to your soil’s pH levels. 

Turfco’s Top Tip: Julie suggests that getting your hands on a basic testing kit can help you determine your soil’s pH level, especially when it comes to the health of your lawn in Spring. A simple testing kit can be easily found at your local Bunnings or hardware store.

Aerate your lawn

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If you love your lawn, be sure to aerate it. Aeration is the process of perforating your soil with lots of small holes using a spiked aerator tool. This process allows oxygen, water and nutrients to deeply penetrate the soil. Aeration is extremely helpful if your soil is quite compact or if your lawn takes a battering due to heavy foot traffic. Make sure your holes go down a good inch and a half to allow for adequate penetration.

Turfco’s Top Tip: According to Turfco, one of the healthiest things you can do for your lawn this Spring is to aerate it. This process will not only strengthen your grass roots but will result in a stronger, sturdier lawn.

We love colour

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Winter is dark, dreary and dull and what comes to mind when we think of Spring, is bold, bright and beautiful colours. If you’re looking to shake off the Winter blues and give your garden an instant lift, then get yourself some potted colour, or in other words, colourful flowers such as annuals, bulbs and perennials. You can’t go wrong with Daffodils, Tulips, Pansies, Violas, Rhododendrons for some bright pops of colour, or if you’re after the fragrant varieties, opt for a night-scented Jessamine, Rose, flowering Viburnum or frangipani. Deciduous fruit trees such as apples, peaches and pears, as well as herbs like coriander, mint, basil, chives, parsley and rosemary are the perfect (and edible) fruit and vegetables varieties that will love a home in a new Spring garden.

Giving your garden some good ol’ TLC in Spring, will result in a greener lawn, healthier soil and happier plants. These small jobs combined will not only reduce the risk of pest and disease, but also help with the overall longevity of your plants.

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