Preparing your garden for Spring


Preparing your garden for Spring

Finally the long, cold Winter months have come to an end, and we lead into the beautiful season that is Spring. The word Spring immediately entices us into thoughts of blossoming flowers, a cool soft breeze, green grass and the smell of dew settled over the lush plants.

Just as nature envelops itself with the new moisture and heat provided, so we emerge from our homes and take part in the new life that Spring brings.  Now is also the time to start working towards restoring the beauty of your garden which the Winter might have damaged.

We suggest you start by cleaning up. You should remove early Spring weeds, as at this stage their roots are still shallow and easy to remove. It is also a good time to mulch all those flowerbed areas that are bare, to minimise the growth of weeds. Remember to keep any mulch a few centimeters away from young trunks to reduce the possibility of rot.

After mulching, remove old branches and leaves that are left over from the winter. If you have established your beds, you can start adding nutrients to the soil from the top and let it work its way in. If you have perennials in your garden, split or divide them while roots are still short.

A vegetable garden is a great way to add to green living and will also make your garden look inviting. Before planting your spring vegetables, first take a quick stroll through your garden and assess its condition and the best position for vegetables. Make a note of what needs to be done in order to prepare the vegetable garden. Jot down a to-do list to help you. If you’ve had a vegetable garden before, you could spot some rogue seedlings sprouting up from last year’s vegetable garden as the temperatures rise. You may think you are getting a head start, but it is a good idea to rather remove them. The new seedlings could carry over diseases from the previous season.

There are several early Spring vegetables that you can plant once the Winter has started receding. Vegetables, for example peas, spinach, and lettuce are all capable of growing in Spring while temperatures aren’t yet at their highest. As soon as the temperature gets higher you can also plant broccoli, cabbage, kale and other hardy vegetables. If you do plant early, remember to cover the plants to at least offer some protection if frost is predicted.

Don’t forget to also check your trees for any Winter damage and prune them. Pruned branches should be sealed to protect them from invasive pests. By maintaining your garden through the colder months and preparing it adequately in the lead-up to Spring, you’ll be ensuring healthy, bountiful crops of all those vegetables you love to eat.

With these few easy tips you can get your home ready for the warm and sunny Summer days with a new burst of life. It is time to finally kick off those warm slippers, get into your shorts and discover the true potential of your home.

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