Richard May will be joining the WorldSkills Australia team, competing in the WorldSkills International Competition in London, between 5-8 October 2011. Up against some of the world’s best young landscapers, Richard has developed world-class landscaping skills to become the very best in his field in Australia. Richard shares his trade secrets in this handy tips guide for getting the most out of your garden this spring...
Richard’s Tips for Spring Gardening and Landscaping
After a cold, dull winter, spring is the perfect time to get creative and bring some colour into the garden. To achieve this, plant selection and soil preparation is very important. My tips below will have your garden blossoming...
Bulb plants like tulips, daffodils and ranunculus are best planted in February or early March. Just weeks away from Spring, there is a cheats way to get instant flowers in your garden whilst preparing from next year – in flower bulbs.
Most gardening centres sell in flower bulbs, which is your standard bulb that has a flower. These can be planted almost straight away.
Spring Gardening - a step-by-step guide
1. Find an area exposed to sunlight (bulbs grow best in pots or garden beds).
2. Prepare the site, remove weeds, ensure you break up clay in the ground and use good quality soil – quality soil will save you time on maintenance and will ensure your bulbs remain healthy enough to bloom next spring.
3. Make sure the bulbs aren’t mouldy or soft - don't bother planting them if they are.
4. When planting the bulbs ensure you are planting them deep enough. General rule is planting in a hole three times deeper than the bulb.
5. Once your bulbs are firmly planted in the ground or in pots ensure they are getting enough water.
6. Enjoy your colourful, flourishing garden!
For all your round lushness and colour, plant perennial plants, these low maintenance plants
For the all year round lushness plant perennial plants – most are low maintenance and provide a colourful garden even in those colder months.