Spring Garden Care.

Whether you’re a new gardener or a green-thumb guru, it’s time to dust off the gardening gloves and head outside. As well as being an enjoyable hobby, gardening can sometimes be hard work. For older people and those with limited mobility, some gardening jobs may not be safe for you to do. Don’t risk it. Ask your friendly After-Care gardening team to give you a hand.

Spring is here so let’s get stuck into it. Here are some spring gardening tips that’ll have your garden thriving.

Spring garden Care

Lush Lawns

Check your lawn for any weeds that may have been able to infiltrate your yard over winter. Moist soil after winter makes it a little easier to remove most single weed types by hand. If your lawn has become a little over-run with weeds, use a good herbicide instead. It’s important to weed prior to our next step – which is feeding.

Just like a big bear waking up from winter hibernation, your lawn will be hungry too. Spring is the perfect time to fertilise. Feeding your lawn now will give it the nutrients it needs to power into summer. Regular mowing will keep your lawn looking healthy and lush too.

Soil Solutions

Soil can make or break your garden. All soil types can benefit from the addition of organic matter. Organic matter helps sandy soil to retain moisture. It also improves water drainage in heavy, clay soil. In simple terms, organic matter refers to decaying plant or animal material. It includes compost, leaf mould, green manure, and animal manure. Another benefit of organic matter is it feeds and creates a good environment for soil organisms. These microbes and organisms enhance your plant’s health and growth.

Planting Pleasures

Now for the fun part – planting. There are so many plants to choose from. Do you want to add some colour and fragrance to the garden for months to come? Why not try daphne, Mexican orange blossom, snapdragons, and petunias. If you like home-grown veggies, plant now for a steady crop that will take you through to next winter. Spring is the perfect time to plant your deciduous fruit trees. Apple, peach, pear and plum trees can now be purchased bare rooted. And, remember to plant your herbs such as parsley, basil, chives, mint, and oregano.

Mulching Matters

One of the most important reasons to mulch is for water conservation. It prevents the soil drying out, keeping it moist. This can reduce the amount of watering by half. If you choose a mulch such as pea straw or a bark variety, it breaks down over time adding organic matter back into the soil. Another benefit of mulch is it makes it harder for the weeds to prosper. You can spend more time planting and less time weeding!

If you would like someone to lend a hand to do the hard stuff in the garden, contact After-Care. Speak with us to see if gardening services can be included as part of your Home Care Package or NDIS plan.