Spring is a time of renewal and growth, especially, for Australian gardens. It’s the time of the year when we all shake off the wintery chills and embrace a warmer, brighter season. Australian gardens really come to life in Spring, the plants begin to flower and you can almost smell the summer breeze in the air. It’s the best time of the year to stretch your legs and get outside in the garden.
Our gardens almost lay dormant in the winter months, waiting for the sun to nourish and nurture them. Winter is also a time when weeds infiltrate our garden and cover our plants. The first task of spring is always getting rid of this blanket of weeds so you can begin to prepare your garden for the months ahead. The warmer weather is a great incentive to get outdoors and start tending to our gardens so that by the time summer comes around, your outdoor space is ready to be used for entertaining. From planting and fertilising to mowing and trimming, we’ve compiled a spring garden to-do list to get you started:
Spring is the ideal time to fertilise your lawn. It’s important to use a fertiliser that caters to the hydration and nutrient requirements of your lawn. This remains integral to the growth and prosperity of your lawn, especially going into the dryer months. Spring is a time of rapid growth and this means that our lawn and plants need a lot more nutrients than usual to sustain these growth levels. Fertilising helps release nutrients, improve your soil’s structure and promote microbial activity to sustain long-term growth. At Jim’s Mowing, our lawn experts can determine the right fertiliser for your garden to help it flourish.
Spring is planting season! Spruce up your garden with some new additions. A great way to start is to remove any winter mulch that’s still present in your garden beds, do some routine weeding and then prep the beds for their new arrivals with some leaf mould. This is the best time of the year to plant cooking herbs like basil, dill and mint. If you have a veggie patch, consider planting cabbage, eggplant and cauliflower.
Lawn Restoration & Upkeep
Spring is the perfect time to renew our lawns. The wet and erratic weather means that our lawns take a beating in winter. Spring is also the time that those of us in the Mornington Peninsula start looking ahead to bushfire season and preparing accordingly. A crucial part of this preparation is regular mowing. Frequent lawn upkeep like mowing will safeguard your property against the spread of bushfires.
Save yourself time and money with a load of mulch. This will nourish your lawn, eliminate weeds and save water. This will also protect your lawn from the heat of summer and ensure that it’s hydrated as the dryer months set in. Mulching works best for rejuvenating the look and feel of your garden. If you’re planning on mulching your garden yourself, we recommend placing a layer of newspaper over the soil before applying the mulch. This will safeguard your garden against any further seeds from sprouting and will smother any remaining weeds left in your garden.
Hedging & Pruning
To compliment your new plants and rejuvenated lawn, hedging and pruning will refresh the appearance of your trees and shrubs. It’s imperative to remove dead or damaged branches to make way for new growth. It’s ideal to coordinate your hedging and pruning with seasonal changes with spring being the most important time to make way for flowering plants. This will allow your trees, shrubs and plants to flourish and bloom in the spring and summer months, making for a beautiful sight.
Here at Jim’s Mowing, we understand the seasonal necessities to make your garden shine through spring. We can formulate a plan to nourish and sustain your garden’s growth whilst meeting the specific requirements needed to prepare for bushfire season and your long-term garden goals.