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Revitalize Your Garden: 3 Tips to Thrive this Spring

on September 28, 2023

Spring is in the air, and it's time to give your garden a much-needed makeover. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a green thumb novice, these three expert tips will help you revitalize your outdoor space and ensure it thrives this spring.

Tip 1: Soil preparation and fertilization

Good soil is the foundation for a healthy garden. Before you start planting, it's essential to prepare the soil properly. Invest in organic matter and compost to enrich the soil with nutrients and improve its structure. This will provide the necessary foundation for your plants to grow strong and healthy.

Start by removing any weeds or debris from the garden bed. Loosen the soil with a garden fork or tiller to improve drainage and aeration. Then, mix in organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure. This will add essential nutrients to the soil and improve its texture.

Once the soil is prepared, it's time to fertilize. We can recommend Happy Soils ActivateHappy Soils Activate provides your garden, lawn or natives with an organic range of trace elements and lignite-free Carbon that promotes energy production & detoxifies your soil of chemical build-up & heavy metals. Activate provides a balanced source of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Sulfur (S), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Sodium (Na), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn), Copper (Cu), Cobalt (Co) Boron (B), Molybdenum (Mo).

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Remember to water the soil thoroughly after fertilizing to help distribute the nutrients evenly. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth and minimize water waste. This will ensure that your plants have access to the nutrients they need to thrive.


Tip 2: Proper watering and irrigation techniques

Watering your garden is a crucial aspect of plant care, especially during the spring when the weather can be unpredictable here in Australia. It's essential to water your plants properly to avoid overwatering or underwatering, both of which can be detrimental to their health.

One of the best ways to ensure proper watering is to use a drip irrigation system. This method delivers water directly to the roots of the plants, minimizing water loss through evaporation. It also helps prevent the spread of diseases by keeping the foliage dry.

Drip irrigation systems can be expensive, however there are ways to DIY it. 

Read more about DIY Drip Irrigation here.

If you prefer to water by hand, make sure to water deeply and thoroughly. Avoid shallow and frequent watering, as this can promote shallow root growth and make your plants more susceptible to drought stress. Water in the early morning or late afternoon to minimize evaporation and allow the plants to dry before nighttime.

Monitor the moisture level of the soil regularly by sticking your finger into the soil. If it feels dry up to the first knuckle, it's time to water. Adjust your watering schedule based on the weather conditions and the needs of your plants.


Tip 3: Selecting and planting the right flowers and vegetables

Choosing the right plants for your garden is essential to create a visually striking and low-maintenance space. Consider planting a mix of perennials and annuals to achieve a balance between long-lasting beauty and vibrant colors.

Perennials are plants that come back year after year, providing a reliable source of beauty in your garden. They require less maintenance than annuals and often have deeper root systems, making them more drought-tolerant. Some popular perennials for spring include tulips, daffodils, and peonies.

Annuals, on the other hand, provide instant color and variety to your garden. They bloom for one season and then need to be replanted the following year. Some popular annuals for spring include petunias, marigolds, and pansies.

When selecting plants, consider their specific needs and requirements. Some plants prefer full sun, while others thrive in shade. Take into account the soil conditions and the climate in your area to ensure the plants will thrive in your garden.

Before planting, make sure to prepare the soil as mentioned in Tip 1. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball of the plant and gently loosen the roots before placing the plant in the hole. Backfill the hole with soil, firming it gently around the plant.

Water the newly planted plants thoroughly to help them settle in and establish their roots. Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

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So, get ready to unleash your inner gardener and let your garden thrive this spring and beyond. Visit our Garden Centre today to explore our wide range of products and get expert advice from our knowledgeable team.

373-383 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte, VIC, 3113.
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Happy gardening!



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