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Bulb care after flowering

Massed bulb displays give everyone a lift in spring. But what do you do when the blooms begin to fade? In warm and temperate areas, which don’t experience cold winters or frost, bulbs left in the ground may get too hot, and can overheat and wither in the soil over summer. Equally, bulbs can rot … Continue reading Bulb care after flowering

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Divert greywater to the garden

Think of all the water that goes down the drain inside your house. Did you know that some of that greywater can be safely diverted out into the garden? It’s good for your pocket and good for the environment. Here are a few dos and don’ts for re-using greywater. Use only the best quality greywater … Continue reading Divert greywater to the garden

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4 tips for seed sowing

A nice way to welcome spring is to sow some seeds. Look for your favourite flower or vegie seed packets, or pull out the seeds you collected last year from your garden, and start sowing. Here are a few tips to get your babies off to the best start.  As a general rule of thumb, sow big seeds deeper … Continue reading 4 tips for seed sowing

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Spring clean your garden

To make space for all these new seedlings, take a step back, put on your ‘design hat’ and review your garden. Does it need a spring clean and a declutter? Gardens are like living sculptures, where plants, shrubs and trees have a habit of growing bigger, wider, thicker than you thought they would. When gardens … Continue reading Spring clean your garden

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Level your lawn

All lawns settle over time and develop a few dips and undulations. A nice level surface reduces the risk of tripping or twisting an ankle. Here’s how to aerate and top-dress your lawn for a flatter finish. Give it a fairly short haircut, then use a garden fork to aerate any areas of compaction or … Continue reading Level your lawn

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Rev up your soil

Okay, so any tropical gardeners out there are already planting out vegies, vines, shrubs, and so on for spring, while subtropical gardeners are only weeks away from doing the same, but the rest of you are lingering by the heater, waiting for the soil to warm up. Instead of kicking back, you can get cracking … Continue reading Rev up your soil

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Spring into blossom season

We all love the gorgeous blossom on cherry, apricot, plum, and other trees of the Prunus genus. Many gardeners grow these because they want the fruit that follows, but others choose purely ornamental varieties for their blossom alone. If this appeals to you, check out our pick of cultivars. Prunus ‘Shirotae’ or ‘Mt Fuji’ (flowering … Continue reading Spring into blossom season