With the worst of the cold weather now behind us, spring is the time for all gardeners to prepare for the warmer months ahead. It’s a time for rejuvenation and action, so make the most of the beautiful weather and get out into your garden.

Here are some spring garden tips from us here at Mayfield Garden Nursery.

• It’s time to plant vegetable, herb and flower seeds for your spring and summer crops. In cooler climates (such as those experienced here at Mayfield Garden) seed trays and seedlings can be kept in a glasshouse, a cold frame, or even on a north facing window ledge until the threat of frost has passed. The local rule of thumb here is you plant your tomatoes after Melbourne Cup Day!

• Weed and fertilise the garden beds you‘ll be planting your summer vegetables and flowers in. Add plenty of well-rotted manures and compost to give your plants a real boost.
Finish it off with a layer of good quality mulch and your plants will love you forever!

• Test the pH levels of the soil in your garden beds with a soil testing kit and adjust as necessary. Use garden lime to raise the pH (make it more alkaline) or more compost, well-rotted manure or iron chelates to lower the pH (make it more acid).

• Trees, shrubs and lawns are beginning to wake up and resume active growth after the long cold winter, so now is a good time to fertilise them. Remember plants such as Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas like a fertiliser with a higher acid content than most other plants.

• Remove any dead or cold damaged stems and limbs from trees and shrubs. Cut them into small pieces and start a compost pile to which you can add lawn clippings, raked leaves, and spent flowers as they occur. Turn the pile regularly and keep adding to it as the season progresses and you’ll end up with a beautifully rich, homemade compost to add to your beds later on.

• Root bound potted plants need to be repotted into bigger containers using a good quality potting mix.

• Check all your tools, hoses, fittings, and irrigation systems for wear and tear. Clean, sharpen, maintain and replace as necessary.

• Mowers, blowers and line trimmers need servicing now, so drop them in to your local mower shop or, if you are equipped to do it yourself, sharpen or change your mower blades, replace oil and spark plugs, and lubricate moving parts.
If you need any advice on spring gardening, head on up to Mayfield Nursery and talk to Matt, Banjo or Maria, or you can call us on 6336 3131.

We’ve got years of horticultural experience and would love to help you out. Mayfield Garden Nursery is open from 9 to 4:30, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year (closed only Christmas day and Boxing Day).