As winter comes to a close and spring is on the horizon, there’s plenty to get done around the garden. Here are 10 jobs to get you started.
- Prune repeat-flowering roses in cool-climate areas (and other areas if you haven’t done so already), then wait three weeks and apply a rose fertiliser.
- Apply a wetting agent to pot plants and give them some slow-release fertiliser in preparation for spring.
- Check stored dahlia tubers and cover them with a layer of moist sand if they look like they’re drying out.
- Tidy geranium plants by removing any dead sections and cutting stems back by at least half.
- Plant out potted cyclamens once the flowers have faded into a shaded, frost-free, well-drained garden bed.
- Re-pot waterlilies into a blend of coarse sand and pulverised cow manure, then top with a layer of stones before re-submerging.
- Plant corms of species gladioli now, so that their delicate flowers will be on show in late spring.
- Sprinkle wood ash and fertiliser pellets around bearded iris to promote a good show of spring blooms.
- Resist the temptation to remove leaves of any winter-flowering bulbs, such as jonquils, until they have died down completely.
- Check compost to see if it’s wet and gluggy; if so, add dry material such as straw, leaves or shredded paper, and mix it in.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening jobs or projects to do this month, including pruning lavender, starting tomatoes indoors and levelling lumpy lawns, in the August 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.