The first day of spring is fast approaching which means it's time for us to kick our green thumbs into high gear! Read on and discover everything you need to know to get your garden ship shape and ready to show off some brilliant spring colours.
Prepping Your Garden for Spring
● Prune your trees and shrubs before the warm weather hits. Colder weather reduces chances of your plants getting infested by providing time for the branch to heal. This will also give your garden a fresh and healthy start to the new growing season.
● Weeding the garden, although there is no such thing as a completely weed-free garden, preventing them from spreading before spring arrives will help to give you a head start on bringing down the numbers.
● Divide your 'dividable' plants such as agapanthus and allow them to multiply before you hit the garden centre.
● Give your lawn a makeover by raking up the dead grass and winter debris. This will help to bring more air and light into the lower layers of grass.
Organic vs Chemical Fertilisers
Enriching your soil helps to provide essential nutrients that have been lost over the past growing season, but which type of fertiliser will work best for you?
Organic fertiliser pros:
● Adds natural nutrients which haven't been made from synthetic compounds
● Increases the organic matter in the soil naturally
● Helps to improve the soil's structure
● Improves the soils water holding capabilities
● Reduces soil crusting problems
● Helps to prevent soil erosion caused by wind and water
● Provides a slow and consistent release of nutrients to the plants
Organic fertiliser cons:
● A slow release of nutrients means that distribution may not always be equal
● May not always have equal nutrient quantities
Chemical fertiliser pros:
● Rich in essential nutrients
● Equal parts of nutrients required for plant growth
● Provides an immediate supply of nutrients
Chemical fertiliser cons:
● High acid and chemical content may burn your plants
● Unhealthy for the environment
● Food crops may absorb these chemicals
● Has a negative effect on any runoff water creating pollution
● Has a negative impact on the soils natural fertility.
Food Gardening, What to Plant
Food gardening has gained popularity and momentum in recent years providing many gardeners with the opportunity to control how their food is grown. If you're looking to grow your own fruits and vegetables, here is a list of foods to start growing during spring.
● Swiss chard
Garden Centres in Your Area
If you're looking for a garden centre to help kick off your spring day preparations, take a look at this list to find one close to you.
Fourways and Broadacres area: Broadacres Garden Shop(https://www.gardenshop.co.za/) found at the Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cedar Road(http://ow.ly/5ImH30p3tpG)
Bryanston area: Bryanston Garden Shop(https://www.gardenshop.co.za/ ) found at 321 Main Road(http://ow.ly/mAO830p3trj)
Randpark Ridge area: Lifestyle Home Garden(https://lifestyle.co.za/) found at Cnr Ysterhout Drive and Beyers Naude Drive(http://ow.ly/N2oE30p3tsN)
Midrand area: Keith Kirsten(http://www.keithkirsten.com/) found at 3 Waterfall Drive(http://ow.ly/kgVd30p3ttv)
Fourways and Lonehill area: Shadey Deals found at Cnr Witkoppen and Main road(http://ow.ly/z16n30p3tuD)
Whatever style of garden you have and whatever you are planning for this spring and summer, be sure to have a look at the special and deals you can find in your area.
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