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Gardening: It’s time to get spring ready

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Longer days and warmer nights signal the start of spring and the outdoor entertaining season and, while our green spaces may be feeling a little neglected lately, it’s not too late to give them a little love to help them shine all summer long. 

Although you might be forgiven for thinking weeds are the only green thing growing well in your garden right now, don’t fret, the hardy pests may have been finding their feet in your space all winter long, but now it’s time for them to go, along with any crops that have seen better days. 

Just as you’re swapping out your winter wardrobe for lighter clothing, so too are your plants craving a refresh.  

Gather your gardening tools, it’s time to get your hands dirty. 

Here’s our top tips to help get your garden in its best shape by spring. 

PREP YOUR BEDS 

Start by clearing out any pesky weeds and old crops from the garden beds. 

Prepare the soil by incorporating high-quality compost, providing a nutrient-rich foundation for your plants. 

Rake up fallen leaf litter and utilise as mulch in the garden beds, or add it to your compost pile for a sustainable approach. 

While it might still be a little early to plant spring and summer vegetables, this is a perfect time to plan out your vegie beds. Consider planting herbs, as they make excellent companion plants for your crops, as well as a delicious garnish for meals and summer cocktails. For tomatoes, start sowing seeds indoors, ready for transplanting outside once the weather warms up. 

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LAWN CARE 

Winter lawns can become infested with Bindi and now is the time to treat. 

Top dress and fertilise lawn at the start of spring to help boost growth and carry you through the summer months. Remember to wait at least two days after mowing before applying fertiliser to avoid any potential damage. 

GENERAL MAINTANANCE 

Ensure your gardening tools are in top-tip condition for spring planting by inspecting them for rust and sharpening as needed. 

Late winter is the ideal time to prune deciduous trees while they are still dormant. This will help encourage new growth once the weather warms up.  

Take care of your indoor plants by repotting them with quality indoor potting mix. Add water with seaweed tonic to prevent transplant shock. This is also a great time to inspect your plants for pests. Check under leaves and at the base of stems, removing any diseased or infected foliage and treat as needed. 

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