The spring gardening mistakes you need to stop making

Spring is the most important time of year for your garden.

It's during this time that your garden emerges from the winter chill. Horticulturalist and Victa ambassador, Adam Woodhams, reveals that some time invested now will really pay off down the track. 

Here, Adam sheds some light on a few of the common gardening traps people fall into at this time of year: 

Forgetting to feed

If you're only going to feed your garden and lawn once a year, Adam recommends doing it in spring. 

"At this time of year plants of all sorts are making new growth and possibly recovering from winter damage," he says. "Apply a quality controlled-release fertiliser to your garden and slow-release to your lawn and they’ll perform at their peak and be better able to survive the summer ahead."

Skipping the weeding

Adam says that weeds should really be your top priority at this time of the year. 

"Most weeds are annuals, so they’ll grow super-fast right about now," he explains. "Their mission in life is to get to flower and seed fast so the sooner you get them the better, but aim to remove them before they go to seed or a minor problem can quickly become a major one."

Putting it off

While there may be a lot to do, avoid thinking that getting your garden in order is too big to tackle and stop putting it off.

"If it all feels a bit overwhelming break the overall job into separate tasks - get in early and often," Adam says. "Leaving it for longer will only amplify the demands on your time."

Not mulching

A good spring ritual to introduce is laying new mulch or topping up the old stuff. Adding some mulch will help your garden look a lot neater and tidier, but it has another benefit too.

"It helps to improve your soil as it breaks down, protects the soil from erosion by water or wind, helps retain moisture in the soil, protects from temperature extremes and it keeps weeds down," Adam tells. 

Overlooking pruning

Plants look great after a good seasonal prune and they will grow better as well. Getting rid of flowers as they finish can often help bring on more flowers or help the plant to grow more flowering wood for the next year, Adam explains. 

'Light all-over pruning encourages new growth and bushiness," he adds. "Removing dead or dying material can also prevent the spread of some pest and diseases. Just make sure you know what you are pruning and check if there are any special tricks and that your timing is right."

Exclusive tips courtesy of Victa ahead of National Gardening Week

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