Healthy time to boost the gar­den

Com­post, fer­tiliser and mulch will pro­duce the best re­sults in the gar­den and keep it healthy if they are added now as plants en­ter their grow­ing sea­son.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - REALESTATE -

IT’S great to see ev­ery­thing in the gar­den burst­ing back into life.

With a lit­tle time in­vest­ment now, your gar­den will be set for the rest of spring.

Com­post and fer­tiliser are vi­tal for your soil and plant health. Ev­ery­thing your plants need to grow comes from the soil, so im­prove it ev­ery chance you get.

Com­post will help to im­prove the struc­ture of the soil as well as its nu­tri­ent and wa­ter-hold­ing ca­pac­ity.

Com­post also adds nu­tri­ents, so try to think of it like hav­ing a healthy diet. If com­post is the food, then fer­tilis­ers are the vi­ta­mins you take.

Us­ing both to­gether will pro­duce the best re­sults and health for your gar­den.

Spread them on top of your soil, then dig through to a depth of 150mm to 300mm.

In spring, the air tem­per­a­ture is not the only thing ris­ing — the soil is get­ting warmer too.

Warm soil means plenty of root growth, so get plants in the ground so they have the max­i­mum time to fill out dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son.

Early spring is a great time to start a veg­etable patch — or

CHAR­LIE AL­BONE re­in­state an old one that might have been left over win­ter.

Mulch is great to add to your gar­den beds be­cause it helps to slow the move­ment of wa­ter into the soil so it can be used more ef­fi­ciently.

Mulch also helps to re­tain wa­ter away from pos­si­ble eva­po­ra­tion. It looks good, and pre­vents ero­sion and sup­presses weeds, so there are lots of rea­sons it should be ap­plied now.

Spread your mulch to a depth of 75mm. Any thicker will pre­vent suf­fi­cient wa­ter pen­e­tra­tion and with any less, you will not gain all of its listed ben­e­fits.

Ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems can also be a great help as the months get hot­ter, so check your sys­tem now for leaks, good pres­sure and con­sis­tent spray.

A faulty sys­tem is the same as not hav­ing one at all. If you don’t have an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and are think­ing about get­ting one, make sure it is in­stalled by a li­censed in­staller.

While it is tempt­ing to al­low hedges to grow be­cause they have not grown over win­ter, it is im­por­tant to prune them lightly to pre­vent them be­com­ing strag­gly.

A con­stantly pruned hedge will give a dense, full ap­pear­ance that can easily be lost if the shears are put down for too long.

And re­mem­ber, it’s al­ways ad­vis­able to use freshly sharp­ened prun­ing tools. — Char­lie Al­bone is the co-host of on the Lifestyle chan­nel and runs his own busi­ness,

Inspired Ex­te­ri­ors

Mulch on the gar­den re­tains wa­ter in the soil and sup­presses weeds.

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