As the weather warms and the days become lighter earlier and for longer, there is an ever increasing list of tasks to be performed in the garden.
Danihers Horticulturalist, Vanessa Hollow, has provided the following tips to get your garden blooming:
- Spring is an ideal time to give everything in our gardens a healthy dose of plant food to encourage new growth and flowering. After rain, scatter slow-release fertiliser throughout the garden beds and under the larger tree canopy areas. As this breaks down and filters into the soil it is absorbed by growing roots and used to fuel growth, flowering and plant health.
- It is important to prune plants that have flowered earlier or that have suffered from frost damage as this encourages new growth. Spent canes are removed from grasses to make way for fresh spring growth and to improve upon the aesthetic value of the plants.
- Early spring is the best time to aerate, fertilise and apply herbicide on sporting ovals in order to continue the quality and good health that is expected for daily use and for key sporting events.
- Now is the perfect time to monitor and manage irrigation systems which are in relevant garden beds to ensure a supply of water when necessary due to climatic conditions.
- Don’t forget to keep up the removal of weeds and encroaching grass from under trees and throughout garden beds, mowing lawns, trimming lawn edges, cleaning pathways and constantly monitoring the health of plants, gardens and grounds on a daily basis.
Spring is the growing season so it’s a great time to constantly refresh, replant and maintain the gardens and grounds.
Vanessa is an experienced Horticulturalist and currently works in the Danihers team at Kingswood College.