Give your gar­den an Easter makeover

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Get on top of the weeds: The re­cent rain and hu­mid­ity has caused an ex­plo­sion of weeds through­out gar­den beds. It is im­por­tant to get rid of them be­fore they start to flower and drop thou­sands of seeds.

Fer­tilise: With the rain around, there is no bet­ter time to fer­tiliser your gar­dens and lawns. Con­sult your gar­den cen­tre for the best fer­tiliser for the type of grass and plants you have.

Top dress: Get rid of the lumps and bumps in your lawn with a qual­ity top dress. It will fer­tilise, level and hold mois­ture in one go.

Prune and cut back: Get out the hedger and lop­pers and get rid of any over­grown or dead fo­liage. Many plants ac­tu­ally en­joy a heavy cut back. If you’re not con­fi­dent, take a few pho­tos on your phone and check with the trained staff at your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre.

Pests and dis­ease: Get on top of the pests and dis­eases. If you find a small area af­fected by dis­ease, trim the sec­tion off and dis­pose of.

Fresh plants: Fill in the gaps and re­place any plants at the end of their life­span. Some fresh colour will make the gar­den pop again and it is al­ways

fun to watch them grow.

Ir­ri­ga­tion: With the rain around it’s easy to feel ir­ri­ga­tion is point­less, but re­mem­ber the other eight months of the year are dry.

Add a fea­ture: A statue, wa­ter fea­ture or plant el­e­vated in a pot will add in­ter­est to the gar­den.

Mulch: Mulch is im­por­tant to reg­u­lat­ing your gar­den’s mois­ture lev­els and min­imis­ing those weeds from com­ing back.

En­joy your fan­tas­tic yard: It is sat­is­fy­ing to have a yard you can be proud of when you have your friends over for a bar­be­cue.

Photo: Kathryn Cy­gan

CAT’S WHISKERS: Plants Plus have a wide va­ri­ety of plants to spruce up any gar­den.

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