Four things you can do now to have your home and gar­den look­ing great in spring

The Riverine Herald - Local Real Estate - - RIVERINE HERALD REAL ESTATE -

There are four key steps peo­ple should be fo­cus­ing on to have a great gar­den when the weather warms up in spring: 1. Prun­ing and de­clut­ter­ing A lot of prop­er­ties in Echuca have fruit trees, rose bushes or both. It’s im­por­tant to prune now while plants are dor­mant dur­ing win­ter and they can be cut right back to pro­mote new growth in spring. Prun­ing also helps to “de­clut­ter” big bushy plants and im­proves their pre­sen­ta­tion. “Al­ways prune to an out­ward-fac­ing bud so your plant grows into a nice shape while fruit trees should be pruned to the shape of a vase. Al­ways stick to a shape, which helps with the pest says Leane.

– Now’s the time to move any­thing. Win­ter is the ideal time to re­view the lay­out of your gar­den and to move plants, whether they are dor­mant or ever­green, to new lo­ca­tions. 2. Spray pro­gram With prun­ing com­plete, it’s time to ap­ply fungi­cides and in­sec­ti­cides to pro­tect against dis­ease and pests. Lime sul­phur fungi­cide and in­sec­ti­cide should then be ap­plied af­ter the blue stone has been com­pleted. 3. Fer­til­i­sa­tion Plants are cur­rently ly­ing dor­mant and not grow­ing be­cause the ground is too cold but it’s still a good time to fer­tilise even if plants are not go­ing to use it im­me­di­ately. Fer­tiliser should be wa­tered in and not left on top of the soil for risk of dam­ag­ing root sys­tems. 4. Mulching We end the process by adding mulch on top of the soil to re­tain mois­ture when sum­mer ar­rives. Pre­sen­ta­tion-wise it looks lovely when you have pruned your roses and put a nice layer of mulch on top. Not only does it look neat and tidy but mulch is very im­por­tant up here in our hot cli­mate. Pop­u­lar mulches in­clude fra­grant sugar cane, at­trac­tive pine bark and ni­tro­gen-car­ry­ing lucerne hay which is great for the soil. Ad­di­tional tips to pre­pare your prop­erty for sale Seedlings range from ground cov­ers to sev­eral feet tall but gen­er­ally take 8-12 weeks to look their best which should be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion if you are list­ing your prop­erty and con­duct­ing open house in­spec­tions dur­ing spring. that has grown on) and pot­ted colour. Pot­ted colour is sea­sonal and pots make a nice vis­ual fea­ture and are an al­ter­na­tive to plant­ing in the ground. Low main­te­nance gar­dens are trendy. Drought-tol­er­ant still look fan­tas­tic. Struc­tured plants with big, broad leaves, such as Yukkas and Cordy­lines, are low main­te­nance, hardy and ideal for ‘time poor’ peo­ple.

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