Spring is here – so get out into the garden

Wave goodbye to winter and get out into the garden.
Wave goodbye to winter and get out into the garden.

With spring in full swing and daylight saving providing evening inspiration it’s time to get into the garden.

Whilst the super-keen enthusiasts were getting ready before winter even started, there’s still plenty of time over the coming weeks to help everything grow.

You may want to focus on one aspect, such as the lawn or the veggie patch, or you may want to give some attention to everything.

Whatever it is that you want to improve the appearance or health of, there’s always something that you can do to help it.

There’s lots to know and learn to get the absolute best out of your vegetation.

At the same time, it can be quite easy. You only have to look at the strange places some things manage to grow – like grass on bricks or concrete – to realise just how eager life is to exist.

So, with that in mind, here are a number of tips that will help you to help your garden.

►Pay attention to how much sun a position gets through the day when deciding what to put there. Some plants want shade, others need as much light, and heat, as possible.

►When buying seeds or plants, read the instructions that come with them. They will tell you roughly when to plant, how deep, what sort of climate and how much sun they prefer, and other details important to their overall success.

►Have a look at the 28-day forecast. Is there excessive early heat or a late cold snap anticipated? Either of which may have an adverse affect on vulnerable plants. A huge downpour can drown or wash away seeds too.

►Look up and see if eaves or anything else will stop a particular patch from getting much, or any, rain. You can still plant there, but you’ll probably need to give it attention a bit more frequently.

►Lawns do best when you mow them at the right frequency. Don’t let them get too long and you’ll be cutting some weeds before they can reproduce. Don’t cut them too short and you help the soil retain moisture and reduce the chance of the grass being squashed or worn thin.

Stella Bouchet shared this photo on her Instagram account: @stellbelle83 'Spring here in Wallabi Point. #jasmine #springisintheair #warmsun'

Stella Bouchet shared this photo on her Instagram account: @stellbelle83 'Spring here in Wallabi Point. #jasmine #springisintheair #warmsun'

►Pruning correctly can promote growth too. It depends on the specific vegetation though as to how much should be removed and how often.

►Don’t discourage any beneficial bugs. They are vital for the spread of pollen or to control pest insect populations naturally.

Bugging you: Not all insects are bad news. Some are very beneficial either spreading pollen so flowers germinate, or hunting and eating the pest insects for you.

Bugging you: Not all insects are bad news. Some are very beneficial either spreading pollen so flowers germinate, or hunting and eating the pest insects for you.