Spring may seem like it’s a lifetime away during these cold days, but now is the perfect time to start preparing your garden for warmer weather.
Jason Hodges, garden expert and former Better Homes & Gardens host, says if you start on your garden now it will be healthy and strong for spring.
â€śWorking in the garden during the cooler months is ideal as itâ€™s not too hot, so you can work for longer and accomplish more,â€ť he says.
â€śAnd thereâ€™s nothing better than being able to step back come spring and marvel at your handiwork!â€ť
Here are Hodgesâ€™ top tips for preparing your garden to ensure your outdoor space is a thriving green paradise in no time:
- To help your soil reach optimum levels come spring, fertilise anywhere between every six weeks and every three months for ultimate growth. â€śThe best choice for fast results in the garden is liquid fertiliser as itâ€™s quick acting, allowing the plant to absorb both the micro and macro nutrients through the foliage quicker than any other fertiliser,â€ť says Jason. â€śThe result being plants grow bigger, stronger and less prone to disease and pests. It also keeps them healthy during winter, thriving in spring and surviving through a hot summer.â€ť Hodges recommends Charlie Carp, an organic-based liquid fish fertiliser which he says is perfect for any garden or lawn type.
- Mulch, mulch, mulch! Mulch insulates soil and acts as a buffer from cold temperatures. It also helps to retain water and keep roots moist.
- Remove any damaged branches that you can see on your deciduous trees.
- Prune your trees and bushes so they have the best chance to bloom in spring.
- Pick up fallen leaves regularly so your lawn gets as much sun as possible.
- Winter is a great time to start a herb garden.Â Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil and lemongrass are hardy and very easy to grow, whether you have a balcony apartment, quarter acre or acreage. Start with herbs and then add vegetables.