Last Updated Sep 19, 2017 · Written by Rob Schneider
Spring is upon us and it's time to get out into the garden and get it ready for summer. What jobs can you do in the garden to make it shine in summer? Here are eight spring gardening tips that will help the garden thrive.
Spring is the perfect time to get a head start on weeds. Remove them now and you won't have a "weed garden" in summer. You may have to do a little weeding, but if you get rid of weeds now, they won't spread.
In many parts of Australia the soil is poor and contains clay. To break up the clay, add some gypsum to the soil. Use a good quality fertiliser or start a compost heap to create nutrient rich fertiliser. The garden will thank you by producing green plants and brilliantly coloured flowers. And don't forget to fertilise the lawn. Fertiliser spreaders are available that make the job easier.
Mulch helps the garden retain water. Use organic mulch and the soil will retain water. Mulch is also a great way to keep weeds down. You can even use a little mulch on lawns. Weed first and then use a little mulch over the exposed soil.
Weed the lawn, but also consider aerating the soil. The lawn soil can become compacted over the winter months. That makes it difficult for water to penetrate the soil and reach the roots. Brown spots will appear and the lawn won't have a beautiful, green appearance. How to Aerate a Lawn explains how to do it.
Start by weeding the lawn. Then aerate the soil. Finally, fertilise the lawn. Your lawn will thrive through the summer months and the water you use won't be wasted.
Late September is a great time to plant. Seeds will grow and take cuttings from plants you love and expand your garden. Australian native plants make great cuttings. When you're out, look for native plants. A cutting won't destroy the plant, but can be a perfect addition to the garden. For some tips, read The Easiest Plants to Grow from Cuttings and Top 8 Plants for Growing Cuttings.
If you want to plant established plants, go to local nurseries and choose plants from their selection of spring plants. Spring is a good time to plant perennials. They will get a good start in spring. Actually, spring is a great time to plant anything.
Spring is an ideal time to start growing a veggie garden. Planter boxes will keep the veggies contained or you can start small and plant veggies with the other plants in the garden. The beauty of a vegetable garden is that you have beautiful plants that are edible.
If you live in a warm or temperate region, September is a good month to start a veggie garden. In frost-prone areas, wait until October, when there is less danger of frost. Planting a veggie garden gives you the opportunity to grow organic vegetables. Some articles that will help you get started include:
If you don't have a garden shed, maybe it's time to get one. The shed doesn't have to be an eyesore. Kit sheds are easy to build, inexpensive and versatile. Add a window and a large door and work in the shed as well as store all the gardening tools in the shed.
Have a look at our Sheds Design Ideas pages and find the perfect shed for your backyard. Also consider installing a larger shed with a deck and covering. It can be a great place to relax in the backyard.
Pests can come at all times of the year, but many of them prefer the warmer months. You don't need to use harsh chemical pesticides. Many natural pesticides are available. Use these on the veggie garden and there won't be pesticide residue on your vegetables.
Garden Pest Control: What are Your Options? will give you tips on how to control pests without resorting to pesticides. The article covers companion plants that drive away pests and natural pest control solutions.
What else can you think of? Get your spring gardening done and enjoy your gardens now and throughout the summer.