Top 10 Garden Tips
July 13, 2018
Everybody loves the beauty of a spring garden. However, to achieve this, there are some things you can do to bring out the best around your home.
Here are some handy tips.
1. Keep lawns trimmed.
Even though grass grows slower in winter, it can still easily start to look untidy – especially as weeds make their way up to get the winter sunlight. Mow regularly and add a small amount of winter potash fertiliser if you start to see any brown patches.
2. Keep weeds in check.
One of the great gardening mysteries is how carefully tended plants can struggle in the colder months while those annoying weeds seem to thrive on their own. Like most other plants, they’re simply setting themselves up for spring, so to prevent weeds from flowering and taking over, pluck them out early, giving your garden plants a better chance.
3. Rake up leaves.
This is actually two tips in one. Leaves left on lawns can create brown patches as they rob your grass of essential sunlight. Using a broad rake, collect your autumn and winter leaves off lawns (to keep grass looking lush and even) and collect them for…
We’re not the only ones who like to keep warm in winter. Your plants do too. That’s why it’s important to keep them well mulched throughout the winter
(in fact, keep them well mulched all year round, because in summer it helps to prevent evaporation). In addition to using dry leaves that have been shredded by your mower, bedding straw can be bought from garden centres and stock-feed stores.
5. Plant colour.
While you’re at the garden centre, check out winter colour options – from variegated foliage to winter-blooming flowers. Just because the skies are grey, it doesn’t mean your garden needs to be as well. Polyanthus, woodland cyclamen, winter rose (helleborus), native hardenbergia, daphne and even lavender are all vibrant winter options.
6. Plant bulbs.
Autumn in Adelaide is time to be planting your bulbs ready for a magnificent floral display in spring. Masses of daffodils, irises and jonquils never fail to impress. For fragrance plant hyacinths, freesias and stocks, and for simple elegance, your winter planting regime should include plenty of tulips, lilies and roses.
7. Aerate the lawn.
Winter naturally (hopefully) brings rain, and with rain comes potential drainage problems. Watch out for areas of the garden – especially lawns – where water pools and settles. Aerate these spots with a garden fork or special lawn aerator, and add some gypsum to heavy clay soils.
8. Prune trees and bushes.
Most plants love light – especially trees and rose bushes. If you have deciduous trees, use the time when they have no leaves to get in and trim away excess wood – a good general rule is to try and open up the centre of the tree to light. Fruit trees will love you for it. If you’re not sure how to prune, ask an expert.
9. Start a veggie garden…indoors.
The key here is to start the garden indoors, ready for transplanting in spring. This is a great activity for children which is not only educational but also deliciously rewarding. Germinate tomatoes, zucchini, radishes and cucumbers in a thin layer of soil by a window, remembering to keep the tray moist but not water-logged.
10. Don’t over-water.
Speaking of water-logged, make sure you don’t overwater your lawns or garden. In winter, this can be almost as destructive as under-watering in summer. That said, it is just as easy to assume that cold nights mean your potted plants are getting the water they need. It’s likely they’re not, so don’t forget to check on them regularly.