September and October are an ideal time to give your garden that fresh, revamped look and prepare it for the warmer months ahead. And what better way to do it than creating your list of spring gardening tasks that will help you successfully grow some new trees and plants you have always wanted to have in your garden?
However, there are things you need to do before you begin, so make sure you follow our list of advice for the best possible results.
What Do You need To Do Before Planting?
In spring, everything starts to grow and flower, so fertilising is essential. Make sure you give all your plants proper nutrition, especially fruits and vegetables. And don’t forget the lawn!
After you finish fertilising, take the time to re-mulch your garden beds to protect unwanted weed from growing and also to protect the soil from the quickly-approaching summer heat. If you have hedges, beat them into shape now, when they will recover quickly.
Also, prune your shrubs and re-pot your orchids if you happen to have them in your garden. Finally, trim any dead, yellow leaves, wash the healthy ones, and use liquid fertiliser as well.
What Are The Best Australian Spring Blooms?
If you’re looking to transform your garden into a typical Aussie oasis, look no further than native Australian plants that are bound to thrive in our climate. This is a perfect opportunity to take any guesswork out of your gardening with kangaroo paws, waratahs, or finger lime, so let’s learn more about these evergreens (pun intended)!
Kangaroo paw is both suitable for garden beds and pot-plants because it doesn’t grow too large. Make sure you choose the place for it to bask in the sun, and it will reward you with its formidable red or yellow flowers.
Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima) is one of the Australian signature plants. This long-lived endemic shrub will thrive in most of the country but it needs a place that is protected from the wind. The size and shape of its blooms may vary but they are usually red or pink.
Happy Wanderer (Hardenbergia) is a fast-growing climber that can look dazzling on your door, fence, or a wall. Boasting beautiful purple flowers that can also be pink, white, or mauve, this plant requires nothing but little water, some shade, and well-drained soil.
The gum tree (Eucalyptus) is a native Australian tree that is highly adaptable to various conditions. We suggest you opt for peppermint gum or the lemon-scented gum since they are more compact and suitable for gardens.
Finger lime (Citrus australasica) is a small tree that features distinguished-looking, edible fruits. It prefers composted soil and grows very slowly, making it a perfect choice for gardens. Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea australis), on the other hand, is ideal for rockeries and it will thrive in well-drained, sandy soil.
The Best Plants For Vegetable Garden
When it comes to the vegetable garden, quality soil is everything, but you should also compost it, add manure and check for good drainage. If you plan on planting your veggies in pots, always opt for a high-quality potting mix. Also, don’t forget to water them regularly, every one to two days, especially if you live in a warmer climate. We suggest you mulch with sugarcane and apply soluble fertiliser every two weeks for optimum results.
Planting veggies should begin the moment the soil is warm enough so that you can fully enjoy the fruits of your labour in the summer. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplants, and beans will surely make a refreshing basis for all your meals during the hottest months but you should also consider chilies, capsicums, basil, spring onions, and other aromatic herbs, too.
Have you already considered plants and trees you’d like to plant this spring? Artview Landscapes has you covered. Our dedicated team of experts provides a full range of gardening and landscaping services to the Sydney area so contact us today!
Owner/operator of Artview Landscapes, Brian Baker is a talented landscape designer who has been managing, designing and building structured landscapes in Sydney for twenty five years. He has personally built or managed over 800 landscape construction projects ranging in value from $5,000 to $250,000 for residential projects and between $10,000 and one million dollars for commercial projects.