EARLY spring is a busy time in the garden! There are lots of jobs we should get done now before summer sneaks up on us. Feeding is really important at this time of the year. As the days get warmer, plants will respond well to fertiliser as most are in the active growth period now. It is also a great time to trim any hedges that may have gotten untidy over autumn and winter. Trimming now means they have time to recover before the summer heat. Also tidy up any trees and shrubs as they finishing flowering. Once you have trimmed and fed everything make sure to top up mulch as well. This helps to suppress weeds and keep the ground moist. Water your garden after fertilising and mulching. If we are not getting significant rain you will need to keep watering. As the garden is having a massive growth spurt it is really important to ensure it has adequate moisture to sustain this growth and head into the warmer months. Prepare your vegetable garden now for spring planting. Well rotted compost and manure are a good source of organic matter to get the worms busy. Unless you are prepared to cover for frost hold off planting tomatoes and other frost tender vegetables until early to mid October. Also make sure you have fruit fly protection in place. Lawns will need some attention now. Feed the entire lawn and over sow bare patches so it can establish before it gets hot. Mowing regularly helps keep the lawn healthy as well. Enjoy the beautiful show that your spring garden will be putting on now. Tulips, magnolias, and asparagus spears are certainly giving me a sense of spring in my own backyard. Happy gardening.
◆ WHITE BLOOM: Magnolia blooms are making their presence felt in local gardens right now.