Plant Life Balance

Ten steps to get your garden ready for spring

The days are getting longer and the weather’s warmer so it’s time to get your garden ready for spring time!

Whether you have a balcony, courtyard, backyard or share a community garden, these simple tips will help you enjoy a thriving green space and optimal Plant Life Balance.

  1. What are you planting?

First step is to get your thinking cap on – dig out a pen and paper, draw a diagram, check the shed for spare pots. Have a think about your dream garden, terrace or balcony set up. What plants do you like? What’s in season?

If your answer to the above is “I don’t know,” head to your closest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery and have a kick-off chat with the experts.

  1. Plan for pollinators

Apart from the plants you want, think about adding plants to attract birds and bees to your garden. They will pollinate your flowers and help to increase local biodiversity – they always look fab too. Here’s our quick guide to designing a pollinator-friendly garden.

  1. Plan for the climate

No matter where you are, the climate is a big part of garden success. Here in Australia, the warmer seasons are feeling hotter and drier than ever, so we’ve all got to make sure our plants have the best chance to thrive. This means choosing plants that suit your local climate, and buying mulch and soil cover to ensure our plants don’t dry out too quickly. Make sure plants that love the sun, get heaps of it, and plants that don’t get as much shelter as they need. We’ve got a few tips on growing a climate-friendly garden here.

  1. Style it up

Gardens are beautiful places of glorious biodiversity… but they need to look good too! As part of planning your space, think about which plants will look good together. For inspiration on planting out your space according to a theme (think jungle vibes, tropical oasis, neat and tidy etc) check out our list of pre-designed looks here (complete with plant lists).

For those who are renting or don’t have an outdoor space, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered too. Check out these plant-hanging hacks for renters, tips for creating an instagram-able plant shelf, our guide to establishing a balcony garden, and this list of bathroom-friendly plant varieties.

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  1. Go shopping

Once you’ve worked out what you want to plant and where, grab your wallet and head to your nearest Plant Life Balance-accredited nursery. Apart from seeds and seedlings (or whatever’s on your list), you’ll need soil or potting mix, mulch, new pots, fertilisers, and new tools (or borrow these, if you have a green thumbed neighbour!) to make the job easy.

Make sure you grab one of the nursery staff if you have any questions or need any advice for the best plants for your region, home space or level of experience.

  1. Prune

While it’s often best to do this at the beginning of winter, there’s still time to give everything a quick trim before the weather warms up. Grab the secateurs and cut everything back a bit – avoid any new buds though!

  1. Repot your pots

It’s a good idea to replace the potting mix in your pots every year or so, as well as making sure they aren’t getting too big for their pots. Here’s a guide to repotting like a boss.

  1. Compost, worm farms, etc.

Even the smallest courtyard and balcony can benefit from a compost bin and/or worm farm. There are a lot of benefits. Compost bins can take all your green waste. If you keep it moist (about a watering can a week) and turn it every now and again, it’ll turn into beautiful fresh soil. Worm farms produce some of the best fertiliser and take care of all your kitchen scraps (no animal products or citrus though). Both these will save you time and money in the long run, so stop procrastinating!

  1. Roll your sleeves up and get dirty

Spending a few weekends getting ready will pay off in a few months. You can even invite friends over and make it a planting party. Botanical cocktails anyone?

  1. Dispose of waste responsibly

Not all pots are recyclable. The best way to dispose of them is by returning them to your local nursery. Same with green waste: start a compost heap or visit your nearest waste disposal facility to find out about organic waste options. Some councils will even come and pick up excess amounts for you.

Got a question? Talk to an expert. Check our nursery finder to find your closest Plant Life Balance-accredited nursery.

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