Top Tips For Sunshine Coast Gardeners This Spring
Just because it’s not spring doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to prepare your garden for the next springtime season. The committed Sunshine Coast Gardener has a lot to do and look forward to, regardless of what season it may currently be.
Here are the 8 top tips for sunshine coast gardeners, to make sure that their gardens look the best for this upcoming spring:
1) Focus On Native Plants
Spring is a wonderful time to plant seeds in your garden; particularly, late September. This is the ideal time for seeds to grow and organically help your garden expand, and the best plants to do this are those that are native to Australia. When searching for new seeds to add to your garden, make sure to focus on native plants, as these are the best for cuttings.
2) Always Use Mulch
It isn’t enough for a garden to have soil, plants, and water. If you want to make sure that your plants have a great place to grow, mulch is your best answer. Mulch will make sure that your garden retains the important nutrients and water. This keeps your soil moist, cool, and insulated while suppressing any weeds that might come up. Organic mulch also looks great, so you add an extra layer of charm to your garden.
3) Keep Your Eyes Open For Weeds
Spring is the ideal time to start weeding your garden; not only is it not as hot as it will be during summer time, but this is generally the season when they start to grow. By cutting them out during the spring, you save yourself the pain of dealing with much larger and thicker weeds during the summer. Sure, it may add to your workload during the spring, but better in the spring than in the summer.
4) Build A Garden Shed
Looking for an extra side project to keep you occupied for the spring? A garden shed is perfect for any garden that can afford the space to have one. Some homeowners put little effort in their garden shed, turning it into a huge eyesore hidden at the back of the garden. But you don’t have to spend big to build a garden shed worthy of your garden—with the right kit, you can build a fully-equipped and versatile garden shed with a fraction of the expected cost. Consider adding a window to your shed, making your time in the shed just a little bit more comfortable.
5) Keep Your Lawn Healthy
There is more to taking care of your lawn than just mowing it, weeding it, and keeping the grass watered. Consider the added benefits of aerating your lawn’s soil. Every Sunshine Coast gardener should keep in mind the fact that the winter months are hard on your lawn, as the cold temperatures tend to harden cause your lawn soil to be compact. More compact soil means less water seeping to your plants’ roots, eventually leading to brown spots of dead patches.
Keeping your lawn healthy is simple. Weed, aerate, then fertilise. By doing this in the spring, you ensure its survival during the boiling summer months.
6) Don’t Settle For Poor Soil
Much of the soil around Australia is bad for your healthy lawn, as it is riddled with clay. To avoid clay-filled soil, you will need to break it up with gypsum. This can be done with either a high-quality fertilizer or with a compost heap, adding tons of nutrients to your yard. You will see results immediately upon the next plants that grow in your garden, with greener and more vibrant colours.
7) Plant Some Veggies
Maybe it’s time to consider having your backyard start directly benefiting you. Grow your own food with a homemade vegetable garden. Save yourself a couple of trips to the grocery by growing your ingredients in your own garden, and the best time to do this is in the spring. September is generally the best month, but October is a safer bet, especially if your area has a history of frost. As a Sunshine Coast Gardener, September should be a good choice.
When choosing your vegetables, make sure you do extensive research to make sure that you are choosing vegetables that won’t crowd each other out, or that can grow side-by-side with no problem.
8) Keep the Pests Out!
And finally, we should remind you that every garden is at risk of pests, especially during warmer seasons like spring. The great thing is that you don’t have to use highly-toxic pesticides; the market provides a variety of natural pesticides which will protect your garden from pests without risking adding toxins to your plants and vegetables.
Looking For Help?
If you need help with your garden this spring or anytime this year, consider Graham’s Garden Care. At Graham’s Garden Care, we provide professional garden work for maximum value.