As gardeners we relish the opportunity to spend ample time outdoors, especially after enduring winter. The arrival of mild, sunny days brings immense relief and a renewed enthusiasm for gardening. Spring is undeniably the pinnacle season for your plants.
Whether you’re eager to sow fresh seeds or transplant plants into your fertile soil, now is the perfect time to embark on a fulfilling gardening journey. To help you prepare your garden for this year’s Spring, I have compiled a list of essential tasks that deserve your attention. These will ensure that your garden thrives and flourishes as the season unfolds.
REVIVE YOUR LAWN
Most of the lawn grasses we grow in Australia are warm season varieties that don’t do well over winter. Chances are your lawn’s looking a bit worse for wear. Browning is typical, as is thinning. This will have the flow-on effect of making any bare patches look worse than they actually are.
On the positive side, your lawn is about to burst back into life. To get your grass going, get out in the garden and aerate your lawn.
Weeds may also begin to infiltrate your lawn in September, so be ready to handle them. You might like to manually remove the weeds at their roots, or if there are a few too many apply a weedkiller to remove broadleaf weeds and those pesky bindii. One important gardening tip is to act fast when you see weeds appearing. With weeds, it’s important to move quickly to try and limit their seeding and potential spread.
Follow up a few weeks later with a lawn fertiliser to keep the grass growing strong and prevent new weeds.
If you have some bare patches or want to start a whole new lawn from scratch, now is the time to prepare the lawn to grow grass from seed. When the soil warms up, you’ll be able to establish your grass before the heat of summer hits.
In addition, it’s essential to assess the moisture level of your lawn’s soil. If you notice that watering causes pooling or runoff instead of being absorbed, it could indicate dry soil that repels water. To address this issue, use a soil wetter like Richgro Ezi Wet Soil Soaker. This product effectively retains moisture at the root zone, preventing excessive drying of the soil and promoting better water absorption. By incorporating a soil wetter into your lawn care routine, you can ensure that your grass receives the necessary hydration for healthy growth.
CONTROL SPRING GARDEN WEEDS
Take control of garden weeds now before they worsen with the arrival of warmer weather. Start by hand-pulling any weeds that have intertwined with your other plants, ensuring their complete removal. For larger areas overrun by weeds, use Richgro Beat-A-Weed, a safe and efficient natural weed spray that swiftly knocks them down.
Same as for weeds in your lawn, it is critical for general garden weeds to act fast, when you see weeds appearing, so as to limit the spread.
Spring brings an exciting opportunity to introduce new plants into our gardens. Before planting, it’s important to choose an appropriate location that allows sufficient space for growth.
Consult the plant tag or consider the dimensions provided for trees, shrubs, annuals, and vegetables to ensure adequate spacing for their future development. Proper soil preparation is crucial for the success of your new plantings. Begin by digging a planting hole that matches the depth of the root ball but is wider. Remove any old roots, weeds, and stones, and break up compacted soil.
Once the soil is prepared, it’s time to proceed with planting. Prior to planting, ensure that the root ball is moist by soaking it in a bucket of water. If the roots are tangled, gently untangle them.
Carefully place the plant in its new home and backfill the hole, firmly packing the soil to eliminate air pockets around the roots.
Water the plant thoroughly, adding more soil if needed. Avoid planting the new addition deeper than it was in its original container. In exposed areas, consider staking plants as necessary to provide support.
New plantings are susceptible to stress from excessive heat and wind, so consider providing temporary shade or shelter with shade cloth or other protective measures on hot days.
TOP UP MULCH
By retaining moisture in the soil, mulch plays a vital role in preventing soil from drying out, which is especially important during hot weather. This moisture retention ensures that your plants remain hydrated for longer periods.
In addition to its water-saving properties, mulch also enhances drainage and improves soil structure. It facilitates the proper circulation of air and water, allowing your plants to thrive.
Furthermore, mulch aids in the delivery of essential nutrients to the soil, promoting healthy plant growth. Opting for a natural mulch high in organic matter such as Richgro Pine Bark Mulch is an excellent choice.
GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
For a convenient and successful gardening experience, consider using Richgro’s Tomato & Vegetable Planting Mix Grow Bag. This product contains all the essential ingredients necessary for cultivating your own tomatoes and a variety of vegetables, including Cucumbers, Capsicums, Chillies, Peas and Beans, Eggplants, Herbs, and Salad greens.
The grow bag is particularly well-suited for small spaces and raised garden beds. Simply plant your seeds or seedlings directly into the 25L bag and watch them thrive.
The Richgro Tomato & Vegetable Grow Bag provides the optimal environment for your plants, enabling you to enjoy the bountiful harvest of homegrown produce.
SAFEGUARD YOUR CROPS
As the temperatures rise, it’s important to be prepared for the increased activity of pests that tend to feed on the fresh growth of your fruit and vegetables. Safeguard your crops with Richgro Beat-A-Bug Naturally Based Insect Spray, which is also highly effective on fruit trees.
Richgro’s Bug Killa is an excellent option for keeping pests at bay when it comes to your ornamental plants.
The cool moist nights of spring can encourage the development of rose fungal leaf diseases like Black Spot, Powdery Mildew and Rust. To control those, use Richgro Black Spot & Fungus Killa – it is a systemic fungicide, it is taken up by the plants roots to control diseases. It also contains iron and zeolite which are beneficial to plant health.
Because Richgro Black Spot & Fungus Killa is applied dry to the plant there is no mixing or mess or risk of overspray that could potentially harm bees and other beneficial insects.
By diligently tending to these spring tasks, you’ll create an environment where your garden can thrive. So, grab your gardening gloves and immerse yourself in the joy of nurturing your garden.