How to clean your garden for spring

One of the most rewarding jobs to do right now is to get rid of the weeds before they start growing with renewed vigour. Hand weed or hoe out new and emerging weeds. Target persistent weeds such as oxalis and onion weed with spot herbicide treatments, particularly while plants are in flower.

Feed
After the next fall of rain, scatter slow-release or pelletised fertiliser over your garden. As it breaks down and filters into the soil, it is absorbed by growing roots and used to fuel growth and flowering.

Lawn update
Apply a slow-release complete lawn food to all grass areas. Use a metal rake to remove any build up of thatch. Before replanting, dig in organic matter and water over the area with a soil wetting agent.

Plant vegetables
Vegies and herbs to plant now (or after the last frosts in frost-prone areas) include summer salad vegies such as tomato, snowpeas, capsicum or chilli, lettuce, cucumber, basil, rocket and parsley.

Quick colour
Add instant colour with pots of cineraria, pansy, polyanthus or flowering bulbs such asdaffodils and tulips. Also plan ahead for flowers later in the year.

Plant just about anything
Early spring is a rewarding time to plant trees, shrubs and annuals. Remove plants that have died or are past their best, or extend your garden to accommodate new plantings.
Clean and mend
Check outdoor furniture and outdoor sitting areas in preparation for convivial times ahead. Wooden furniture may need to be repainted or re-oiled. Nuts and bolts should be checked and tightened. Canvas chairs may need to be cleaned or re-covered.

Re-pot
Place plants into slightly larger pots with fresh potting mix or trim roots and replant into the old pot but with fresh potting mix. If you only have a few pots, buy a bag or two of potting mix.

Prune
To keep shrubs, perennials and annuals in bloom over the months ahead, remove spent flowers regularly.

Top up mulch
Remove weeds and encroaching grass from under trees and throughout garden beds and then spread mulch over exposed soil to a depth of about 5 cm thick.

Water features
Remove dead stalks from pond plants and scoop out algae. Re-pot water plants such as waterlilies before returning them to ponds.
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