Spring is usually the time for festivals. However, this year, plans have obviously been curtailed. But the lack of festivals doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the good weather. You can still grab the dog or a buddy and explore the neighbourhood. There’s inspiration closer than you think. Pay Mt Tomah Botanical gardens a visit or be a bit more adventurous and explore our local bush tracks. After such a fierce fire season it’s heartening to see how our Bush is once again welcoming Spring.
The first day of spring is officially September 1st. But the season doesn’t really kick off here until October. Climate-wise, we’re about a month behind Sydney. So that last month of winter and the first month of spring is when you should be taking care of pruning, fertilising and mulching in preparation.
The start of spring is also good for replanting, so your garden is well-mulched and ready for summer. Planting of most things can happen in autumn and winter as well. The exception to this is lawns. There is a small window over summer where we can lay a lawn and make sure it’s established before temperatures drop again.
Spring gardening tips for cool climate plants
The mix of English cottage garden with Japanese garden influences is quite apparent in the older established gardens of the Mountains. The classic look of a Blue Mountains garden was set at the start of the 20th century. This was when species like rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas came into vogue and remain a strong influence in planting choice today. Gardens filled with stunning billowing blossoms of Cherry’s and ornamental Pears scattering delicate petals throughout the streets. The blaze of colour of Magnolias and happy faced bulbs bursting out of the ground in spring is what people picture when they’re imagining their dream cold climate garden.
At this time of the year General maintenance before the plants go into full leaf – including light dead heading of spent flowers. If the plant is still very young, some tip pruning will encourage some bushy growth.
Also making sure you have a thick layer of mulch is a good idea.
For the shallow rooted plants, a 50-75mm layer of mulch is best, and make sure you don’t over water.
But in general, unless you’re a super-keen gardener, spring is the time to be enjoying your garden. This is the season your investment and hard work pays off!
Read our tips for a spring clean of your garden here.