Preparing Your Garden For Spring (Part 1)
It may not seem like it yet, but spring is right around the corner. This means that now is the perfect time to prepare your garden for springtime planting. Whether you’re an avid gardener or you’re thinking about trying your hand at gardening for the first time, it’s time to dust off your old gardening tools and prepare for spring.
Tidy Garden Beds
To prepare for spring, start with a general tidy up of your garden beds. You will want to get your garden beds back down to bare soil so you’ll need to remove any dead leaves, broken branches, and other debris that has fallen there over winter. Place any organic waste removed from your garden beds into your compost pile (if you have one).
Next, remove all of the weeds from your garden bed to ensure that the seedlings you will be planting will have the best chance at flourishing. Make sure that you remove the hole root of each weed to prevent them from sprouting back up. Once you have removed all of the weeds from your garden bed, dispose of them safely (do not put into your compost pile or the seeds will germinate).
Top Tip: Pull weeds when oil is moist for easier removal.
This is also a great time to start to break up compacted soil and add some compost to ensure that your soiled is primed to nurture all of your new plants. If your soil is already looking pretty soft and loamy, avoid digging into the bed and disturbing the complex ecosystem below. Instead, top dress your garden beds with enriched top dressing soil or compost.
Clean Gardening Tools
Taking the time to clean and sharpen your gardening tools before spring arrives can save you time and money in the long run. Cleaning and sharpening your tools will make them more effective and extend their lifetime (saving you money on not having to buy new tools each year). Be sure to apply oil to the blades and hinges of your tools after sharpening.
Additionally, properly cleaning your tools will help to prevent the spread of bugs and diseases to your plants. For example, a dirty pair of secateurs can introduce disease into a plant through fresh cuts. To ensure your gardening tools are clean and safe to use, clean the blades with hot water and detergent, using a scourer to remove any stubborn grime. You should also sharpen your tools and apply oil to the blades and hinges.
Your Local Brisbane Hardware Store
Wellers Hill Hardware & Landscape Supplies is your local Brisbane hardware store. We have everything you need to prepare your garden for spring, from quality gardening tools to our garden nursery centre. Visit us in store today on Denham Terrace in Tarragindi or give us a call on 07 3848 1682 to find out if your product is in stock.