Spring coming to Australia is as good a reason as any to go outside and do some lawn and garden maintenance. Spring gardening is always a good time to enjoy the longer days and the warm breeze. Here are some landscaping tasks that you can do to keep your lawn looking good.
Prune Old and Dead Branches
Pruning is recommended in late winter or early spring. Just be careful you don’t prune new buds as you could be limiting your plant’s bloom potential for the seasonal year. Prune old branches to promote new growth. Remove any dead or decaying leaves and branches. Now would also be a good time to trim your hedges. Shape your shrubs and trees as they start to grow new leaves. If done properly, pruning will encourage new growth for your plants.
For flowering plants, it is advisable to prune them even if it is not yet their blooming season. This will help the plant conserve energy and produce more blooms when their season comes.
Fertiliser can be applied at any season but it is best applied during spring. Throw a handful of fertiliser every four square meters. This will give your plants a much-needed boost. For potted plants, use a liquid and slow-release fertiliser to get them going.
Compared to the previous season, you will be watering more often now. Be careful not to over-water though. If you are using a drip irrigation system, make sure the nozzles aren’t clogged.
Spring is the best season to plant. Soil moisture is best at this season and the heat is more tolerable. You can start repotting your overgrown plants to larger containers.
If you need to move plants, now is the time to do it. Make sure you move them in a spot that gets their required amount of sunlight. Start laying new grass or help recover barren patches on your lawn by sowing grass seeds. If you had to deal with snow mold, you will probably need to do this.
Check for Pests
You should be wary of pests in any given season. But as spring comes and the weather gets warmer, garden pests can become more active. Aphids and psyllids show more activity during this season. Snails and slugs also love the warm and wet spring season so keep an eye out for them.
Spring is the time to get busy in the garden. Enjoy the longer days by improving your landscape.