GETTING YOUR GARDEN READY FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
by Jason Hodges
I treat spring gardening like an athlete treats pre-season training. All the planning and effort I put in now will pay off in the following months.
Think about any football player who has a standout year and the conversation usually points to what a great pre-season they had. The opposite is also true.
Don’t do the preparation and pay the price later. So, what should you do this ‘pre-season’?
WHERE TO START: EQUIPMENT (all 36V and 18V tools and accessories)
Make sure your equipment is up to scratch before you begin. It’s a great time to top up your outdoor power equipment with tools your garden has been crying out for.
It’s probably time to replace your lawn mower blades with sharp ones (or get a new mower). Blunt blades can damage grass, leaving it brown-tipped and ragged looking. Clean and disinfect your cutting tools so that they are disease-free. Check for sharpness, too.
And make sure you have enough batteries/runtime for your cordless tools. I use RYOBI in my garden.
PLANTING A GARDEN
Now is the time to plant leafy green vegetables and herbs for spring and summer. Get advice from your local nursery about what will grow best in your part of the country. Don’t forget to mention what soil type you have – such as either clay or sandy.
Jason’s RYOBI tool recommendations: planting and digging tool
MAXIMISING ENJOYMENT FROM YOUR GARDEN
Spring is such a good time to start getting out in the garden because usually the soil is soft and the weather is mild – good for you and your plants.
Here’s a tip I love sharing with new gardeners. If you want to enjoy working your garden, don’t try to do everything in one go. Start by doing just a few minutes each morning or night – weed a small patch in a garden bed, trim one tree, fertilise a veggie patch, add some mulch.
Then, on the weekend, tackle a larger project, like scarifying the lawn or starting a new veggie garden. That way, rather than spending an entire weekend exhausting yourself, and getting sore and grumpy, you’ll still see great progress and you’ll have time to enjoy the fruits of your labour (pun intended).
TIP: If you have some spare time, spring is a great time to lift and divide any bulbs or mature plants you have, like liriopes, clivias and mondo grass. Or have a go at striking new plants from existing ones. Try your hand at propagating cuttings.
Most of all, enjoy getting outdoors and experiencing all spring has to offer.
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