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