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time for garden
Spring chores: It is good to make a start in the garden, but not until the soil has dried a little, and
all danger of frost is past.
Spring is also a good time to transplant
any existing shrubs you want to move
before they leaf out. It's also a golden
opportunity to apply a dormant oil spray to
fruit trees and magnolias to control scale
insects and any other overwintering pests.
However, you have to resist the urge to get
into those flower beds too early.
Spring has just arrived and it's the right time
start to thinking about your garden.
There are plenty of chores to be done
before you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of
your labours and the following few hints may
help you achieve a positive outcome.
Firstly, don't be in a rush to remove winter
mulch or to cut back evergreen plants until
temperatures are warmer as any late frost will
take a toll on plants you may want to keep.
Our Canterbury climate with its balmy nor'
westers can fool us into thinking that warm
weather is here to stay.
Early spring is the ideal time to give the
lawn a good going over as the grass will have
dried sufficiently to
enable you to rake it
over to get rid of any
and debris like dead
leaves and twigs, in
This also lets air
into the top layer of
soil encouraging the
grass to start
growing again. Re-
seed any bare or
and remember to keep watering until the
seeds germinate and the new grass is
And while we are on the subject of lawns
what about the lawn mower or the ride-on?
Think about giving them a bit of TLC before
you start using them -- check spark plugs,
change the oil, clean packed debris off the
underside and sharpen the blades.
Sharp blades not only cut better, they leave
your grass healthier.
Spring is also a good time to transplant any
existing shrubs you want to move before they
leaf out. It's also a golden opportunity to apply
a dormant oil spray to fruit trees and
magnolias to control scale insects and any
other overwintering pests. However, you have
to resist the urge to get into those flower beds
Adopting a vigorous approach from the
outset will end in disaster because the soil is
still too wet and plant roots can easily be
destroyed by a stray fork or spade.
If you pick up a handful of soil and it sticks
together like glue, that's the ideal indicator
that the ground needs more time to dry out.
Garden bed make-overs work best when the
soil breaks up in your hand. Be patient, it will
need no real
multiply and do so at
the first sign of spring.
The best plan here
is to attack them as
soon as they surface.
Getting on top of
weeds early means a
lot less work later and
even though the soil
may be too wet to
use the heavy artillery, the same result can be
achieved with a small hand fork. If you just
enjoy the fact that you can get outside
without wearing thermals and take your time
with spring gardening tasks you'll soon have a
lush and productive area the neighbours will
Gardening and small farming can be a
relaxing, enjoyable pastime and the rewards
are worth the effort. Nothing beats
summertime blooms, the fragrance of fresh
flowers and the promise of fresh produce on
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