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Preparing your Garden for Spring

It’s important to feed your garden in spring with good quality compost, water it well and mulch your beds (cover them with a layer of organic material like Bark Mulch or Mushroom Compost). 

This is also the time to prune winter-flowering shrubs, climbers and trees. Remove dead or scraggly wood and prune large shrubs back by a third. Also feed them with some Compost and add a layer of Bark Mulch.

Vegetables:

Redefine your soil into heaps (like the furrows on farm), then work compost into the top 50mm layer of soil. Planting your veggies in this way will improve the amount of micro organisms in the soil as well as giving better drainage. Harvest the last winter veggies and work the roots of peas back into the soil instead of removing them altogether.
Heap hills of soil over protruding potatoes and repot cold-sensitive seedlings like peppers. Well-developed tomato and pepper seedlings can be planted in protected spots (remember to plant tomatoes deeper, to the first pair of leaves).

Fruit:

Thin apricot, pear and plum trees out when the fruits are 5mm.
Feed bananas, figs, litchis, avocados, pawpaws, strawberries and grapes with a generous helping of compost.
Give your citrus trees water once a week.
Annuals (only live for one season):
Cut off dead flower heads and remove winter-flowering plants that have finished flowering.
Prepare beds for summer planting and sow annuals like Cosmos in warm areas.
Catch the seed of spring-flowering annuals like Namaqualand daisies, Nemesia and Ursinia.

Perennials (live longer than a season):

Divide where needed, cut groundcovers back and feed them with some Mushroom Compost, cover your beds with some Bark Mulch and water.

Lawns

Spring is also the time to put Lawn Dressing on your lawn. Cut your grass nice and short and if your grass is particularly dense, then use a garden fork to break it up a little so that the compost can easily reach the roots. Now spread your Lawn Dressing over your whole lawn in an even layer with a rake. Where the grass is even leave the top few millimetres exposed above the Lawn Dressing and then fill up dents and dips in the lawn, so that when the runners and roots start spreading you will have a beautiful even lawn to make your neighbours jealous.