Your Guide to Spring
With the wet weather of winter coming to an end (fingers crossed), now is the perfect time to start preparing your garden to welcome spring!
By performing garden maintenance you will make your current plants feel more at home and get your garden ready for any new arrivals.
As we head into spring our plants go through a growth spurt so fertilising your plants should be top of your to do list. Make sure to fertilise your existing plants and when you are planting new natives make sure you add some fertiliser to the bottom of the hole. This will encourage their roots to chase it down and grow out their roots. Make sure to use a native specific fertiliser as lots of our natives are sensitive to phosphorus levels most general fertilisers.
Mulching is another important step in preparing your plants for the warmer weather. Ensure any pre-existing plants in your garden have a good layer of mulch around them, making sure to leave enough space around the stem to avoid rot. You can mulch the rest of your garden even if you plan on putting in new plants, you will just need to pull back the mulch and re-apply when your new babies are planted. Mulching is really important because it protects your plants roots from heat and the cold, plus it helps to stop weeds from growing.
Pruning is a great way to tidy up the garden and encourage new growth. If you have woody trees or shrubs that are untidy and have finished flowering, giving it them a prune before spring will allow it to regenerate new growth. Older plants will benefit from a harsher prune so don’t be afraid to give it the biggest haircut of its life!
If you have late winter and spring flowering plants, wait until they finish flowering to tidy them up by cutting off the old flowers, giving them a prune and some fertiliser.
Early spring is also great time to get out into the garden and weed all the areas that got missed over winter and performing a general garden tidy.
Transitioning into spring is a great time to check the condition of you soil, particularly its water retention properties. Most areas of Perth naturally have poor, sandy soils that repel water. Once the warmer weather hits and your soil dries out, it’s important to test its retention abilities. Testing your soils water retention is as easy as pouring water onto it. If the water absorbs into the soil quickly then you can leave it. However if the water runs off the soil then it may benefit from having a wetting agent added. Adding a wetting agent will help break down your soil to help it retain moisture, making it easier for new plants to access the water they need!
While we’re on the topic of watering now is also a great time to make sure your irrigation is working! Natives love drip irrigation and best of all, it’s easy to install. If you plan on planting lots of new natives in the warmer months putting in some drip irrigation is a great idea to make sure they have all the water they need. It’s also a great way to keep your established plants thriving through summer with a fortnightly drink. You can lay out your drip irrigation and cover it with mulch for an easy above ground install.
Welcoming spring in into your garden is the best way to get out of winter hibernation. The warm weather is perfect for sitting outside in your garden paradise, soaking up the suns rays and watching everything spring into life. Performing garden maintenance might seem like the most exciting task but it’s a great way to connect with nature and ensure your plants thrive.