Don't put off spring gardening any longer

Trim off the tips: This will allow sunlight and airflow deep down into the hedge and encourage new lush growth the whole way through.Photos: STIHL
Trim off the tips: This will allow sunlight and airflow deep down into the hedge and encourage new lush growth the whole way through.Photos: STIHL

Spring growth is well underway so don't waste any time getting into your garden and start trimming, mulching and tidying.

"Now is the perfect time to be fertilising and feeding your garden," John Arnott, Manager of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, said. "Warmer and longer days promote active plant growth making spring the ultimate time to get out in your garden."

To make sure your garden reaches its full potential and looks beautiful all season, John provided these tips:

1. Prune after plants have flowered: Pruning during spring promotes vigorous growth and bushy plants. The rule of thumb when it comes to pruning is that you should only do it after your plants have finished flowering. A number of plants flower during winter, so spring is time to focus on them. Leave your spring bloomers alone until they've finished flowering.

2. Rejuvenate your hedges: Regular trimming will give you a nice dense hedge, so this should be done as often as required. Trimming off the tips will allow sunlight and airflow deep down into the hedge and encourage new lush growth the whole way through. It's also important to pick the right trimmer to suit yourself and your hedges.

Mow regularly: If the grass is allowed to get too long, there will be a lack of sunlight hitting the lower parts of the grass blades, resulting in yellow patches.

Mow regularly: If the grass is allowed to get too long, there will be a lack of sunlight hitting the lower parts of the grass blades, resulting in yellow patches.

3. Mulch to retain moisture: Mulching greatly assists with retaining moisture levels in your soil, particularly leading into summer when rainfall becomes sparse. Shredding garden waste will help the process of creating mulch and compost and will take you half the time. Not only is this a great way to produce a dense, nutrient rich mulch or topsoil, it's also an easy and cheap way to dispose of your garden waste.

4. Bring your lawn back to life: As the weather warms up, mowing should be done on a weekly basis. Weekly mowing encourages the lawn to grow sideways, producing a nice thick and uniform lawn. If the grass is not mowed regularly and allowed to get too long, there will be a lack of sunlight hitting the lower parts of the grass blades, resulting in yellow patches. If your lawn needs a bit of love after a long, frosty winter, aerating your lawn and removing the thatch will allow rainfall and sunlight deep down into the roots, promoting new, lush growth.

5. Brush weeds away: Just as garden trees and shrubs put on a flush of growth in spring, the same applies to garden weeds which also grow quickly at this time of year. Staying on top of weeds can be a bit of a challenge, however giving them a regular tidy with your grass trimmer and your brushcutter will ensure they don't grow into an even bigger problem.

6. Plant, plant, plant! Spring is a great time to be planting as you are able to take advantage of moist soils, increased sunlight, and warmer temperatures, all of which facilitate the establishment of new plants. Planting now will ensure that plants have healthy active roots, and become settled in their new homes well ahead of the typically drier months. If you are adding a large number of plants to your garden, a STIHL Auger will take the backbreaking effort out of creating new holes and take you half the time.

7. Tree management: As the weather gets warmer, tree management involves inspecting and observing changes - especially during dry, hot spells where extra watering may be required. Tree inspections are an important part of risk management and should be carried out regularly, particularly after strong winds and storms.