Posted: 12 Mar 2018
Find out how to prepare your garden for spring
With spring on the horizon, it’s time to start planning for what is the most exciting time of the year in the garden. We’ve pulled together a list of gardening recommendations to help you make the most of this magical season.
Now is the time start cleaning out your garden and removing all the weeds, leaves and debris. Be sure to remove all weeds from the root to guarantee they won’t grow back.
Rejuvenate the Soil
After a long winter, it’s likely that your soil will have dried out. Now is the time to add some moisture. To do this, organic material, such as compost or manure, should be added. You can even test the soil and add precisely the nutrients it requires. This will increase soil health and the life of your plants.
For plants that have survived the winter, it’s recommended that you undertake a spot of pruning to ensure they grow throughout the spring. However, its best to wait until late-April or May for pruning, in case of a late, unexpected frost.
As well as adding compost or manure, it’s worth adding mulch to your flower beds and garden. Mulch helps to maintain moisture and stabilises the soil temperature. One to three inches of mulch should be sufficient, but be sure to keep a two-inch radius from plant stems to prevent the roots from rotting.
Once you’ve prepped your garden, it’s time to start thinking about new plants. It’s worth planting a greater number of perennial plants over than annuals. Annuals have to be replaced every year, so have less longevity. On average, perennials tend to last between two to three years and usually survive hard frosts.
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