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Spring Clean your Garden

Spring Clean your Garden

It’s the perfect time to get into the garden and sort out a myriad of chores that throughout winter have been hard to get to!

The Winter freeze is behind us by now, with days warming up slowly, longer daylight hours and plenty to do to get the garden in tip top shape for Summer!

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These are the main tasks you can undertake to get the Spring back into your gardens step! We will go into some detail about each point, but here is a list of the main items you should aim for in the next while.

  • Focus on the condition of your lawn.
  • Prune shrubs, deciduous trees, leggy perennials etc. 
  • Collect dead fallen leaves and create a compost heap.
  • Fallen leaves should be spread around plants as a mulch. 
  • Pull dead annuals and trim perennials with laggy growth.
  • Remove dead vegetables and clear clots from the beds.
  • Pull weeds.
  • Neaten all beds.

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Lawn

Ensure a healthy summer lawn by Spring Cleaning your lawn in spring. Click |HERE| to read all about Spring Lawns.

Scarify and aerate your lawn for easier penetration of air, water and fertilisers. Cover with a fine layer of lawn dressing to stimulate new growth and improve the condition of the soil. It is also time to service your lawnmower and sharpen or replace the blades.

October is the perfect time to lay new lawn. Sow shade-over in shady areas. Don’t mow the lawn too short at first (more than a third of the length off the blade). Longer grass is able to produce food for stronger growth. Mowing ensures weeds are kept at bay and ensures compact growth.

Prune Deciduous Trees and Perennial shrubs:

Leggy and scraggly perennials should be trimmed to neaten the plant and give a growth boost in spring and summer. Water well afterwards to encourage this new growth.

Wait until spring-flowering shrubs have finished flowering before pruning. Rose pruning and pruning of deciduous trees. The rules for pruning are as follows:

  • For Spring flowering trees: Remove dead or sick infected branches. Prune branches that are getting too thick. This allows for increased airflow, which is essential for fruit trees.
  • Flowering perennial Shrubs – (for example hydrangea, roses, lavender) – Prune back the dead growth right down to the newest growth on that stem.  If there is no new growth, prune down the ground level. Apply fungicides to inhibit bacterial infections.
  • Perennial Vines (for example Jasmine, granadillas) – Prune the dead branches and whatever vines you need to trim to maintain shape. Trim just above new growth, taking care not to cut a vine below new growth. This can be tricky as vines’ natural growth means that it can be hard to see what is below or above new growth.

Check out our very own video on Pruning roses in the link below:

Composting:

Compost is a natural process where micro and macro organisms break down organic matter thereby making this food source available to plants. Nature does this all the time; what do you think happens to the leaves in a forest after autumn? They go back to the soil and feed the tree in the Spring (basically a natural food larder)

Composting is one of the most beneficial practices a home gardener can do for the garden. Organic matter which has broken down adds invaluable nutrients to the ground, which serves to better enrich growing plants.

Find an array of compost bins at Lifestyle Home Garden, and start the practice of composting!

Find out more about Composting|HERE|

Making mulch:

Mulch is any organic matter that is spread around plants and on top of soil to prevent dehydration and keep soil at a constant temperature, be it cool or warm.

Collect leaves that have fallen from the Winter time and spread around plants. These will naturally decompose, adding a layer of nutrients to the ground. Read more about Mulch and it’s many benefits by clicking |HERE|

Dealing with annuals and perennials:

Pull off and prune the dead leaves from perennials.  Remove the bulk of the clumpy leaves so that it does not inhibit new growth.

Be careful not to trim off new growth, and don’t force dead leaves off plants, in case this breaks roots below the ground. Counter any resistance with a gentle prune instead.

For all the info you need on annuals click |HERE|

You can view our dead heading how-to video |HERE| or click on the video below for tips on dead heading your plants and encouraging fresh growth the season.

In the Veggie Garden:

Remove spent dead veggies and, if they are not lost to pests, add to the compost heap or worm farm. Remove clotted and clumpy soil or work through it with a fork and distribute it evenly over the beds.

Add fertilisers and soil conditioners and work through the soil well. Lifestyle Home Garden has an excellent new range of soil conditioners by EcoBuz, which actively enrich soil, making it optimised to grow vegetables and plants…

Pull Weeds:

Weeds adore the rains that are coming soon to the plains – inhibit their growth by treating proactively with good weed control products, and by pulling them as they appear.

See our in-store Plant Doctor section for the most amazing product choice, and don’t hesitate to ask Inside Info or our knowledgable staff for help in this regard.

For more on Weeding, click |HERE|

Neaten bed edges:

Beds can be neatened using a garden shovel or by edging with bricks, pavers, rows of small logs, or using pebbles. These clearly define the beds from the lawn, or from other adjoining beds, and make for a visually appealing, neat garden.

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Feeding and Fertilising Your Garden in Spring

In August:

  • Fertilise Perennials and ornamental grasses with organic 5:1:5 or 2:3:2.
  • All beds, new plantings and pruned plants should be fertilised with 2:3:2 and Vermicast to promote growth.
  • Feed spring-flowering bulbs that have finished flowering with bulb food or 3:1:5, in preparation for the next season.

In September:

  • If you didn’t feed spring-flowering bulbs – do so now to provide nutrients for the next season. Use 3:1:5 fertiliser or bulb food.
  • Lawns need a nitrogen-rich fertiliser in September –  we recommend Vita Green 5:1:5. Water the lawn well before and after application.
  • Fertilise citrus trees with organic 3:1:5 and a cupful of Epsom salts. Spread along the drip-line of trees.
  • Feed deciduous trees with organic 3:1:5, watering every 10 days.
  • Through-out August and well into September, fertilise roses with 3:1:5 or Ludwigs Vigarosa, mulch well and water thoroughly.
  • ing: Gardenia, Fuchsia, Hydrangea, Viburnum, Plectranthus, Duranta, roses, Murraya exotica and Mackaya bella. 

If you need some guidance on how to apply fertiliser, watch our video to fertilise with ease |HERE|.

Your Spring Garden:

Inject life into your Spring garden with a profusion of colour and bright plants! Choose from:

  • Perfect Spring Perennials include Aquilegia, Delphinium, Fuschia, Scabiosa, Gaura and Alstroemeria.
  • These flowering perennials;  Scabiosa, Felicia, Argyranthemum, Salvia, Pelargoniums, Osteospermum and Aquilegia, will add colour and volume.
  • Find Impatiens, Begonias, Chrysanthemum, Marigolds, Gazanias, Petunias, Celosia, Salvia, Verbena, Snapdragons, Lobelia and Alyssum in store now for filling in borders, pots, baskets and gaps in beds!

Fuchsias look like tiny dancers in the garden, and add grace and colour to hanging baskets and pots.

Spring Gardening Tools

In Spring you will find the following helpful around the garden:

Hand Trowel, Hand fork, Weeding Tools, Pressure sprayers, Lawn Edging, Combisystem Hand tools, Tree ties, Fertiliser spreader, Lawn Mowers and Aerators.

Find out how to clean your gardening tools in our very own How-To video below:

Find these handy items in the Lifestyle Hardware department or at MICA Lifestyle.

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