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Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Gardenwalkaround -

RE­PLANT A GAR­DEN Look­ing to ren­o­vate a ne­glected gar­den bed? Start by clear­ing out the old, then touch up the edg­ing and plant your­self a jun­gle – it’s a whole new trop­i­cal scene!

Gather your sup­plies Re­cip­ro­cat­ing saw and blade Du­lux Weather­shield Low Sheen Acrylic (colour matched to fence or walls) Plants (pic­tured left)

You’ll also need Pre­mium gar­den mix; Cow & Com­post mix; long-han­dled gar­den fork; rake; paint­ing equip­ment; long-han­dled square-head spade; gar­den mulch


When us­ing power tools, wear all safety gear re­quired. For more in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to your equip­ment pack in­struc­tions.

STEP 1 Use re­cip­ro­cat­ing saw to cut roots away from gar­den bed edges and walls. Use saw to di­vide large root balls into sections. Re­move plants in­clud­ing all roots. Dis­card or make cut­tings from healthy sections, if avail­able (see How to prop­a­gate cordy­lines, left).

STEP 2 Fill beds with equal parts gar­den mix and Cow & Com­post mix. To pre­pare for plant­ing, en­rich soil by fork­ing in com­post. Rake flat, keep­ing away from gar­den bed edg­ing.

STEP 3 To pre­pare brick edg­ing for paint, clean with wa­ter. Ap­ply 2 coats of paint, let­ting dry af­ter each coat.

STEP 4 Plan your gar­den bed with tall lay­ers first, then ac­cent plants for ef­fect and colour, fol­lowed by plants to fill spa­ces. Use spade to dig holes for new plants, us­ing pot di­am­e­ter as your guide. Make holes deep enough so root ball sits flush with soil level.

STEP 5 Re­move plants from plas­tic pots, gen­tly loos­en­ing roots at bot­tom. Place into holes and mound soil around base of plants. Press soil firmly.

STEP 6 Add a 10–15cm layer of mulch to fin­ish. Wa­ter well.

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