With spring on the way, now is the best time to plant

THIS is a great time to start a vegetable garden, establish new garden beds, plant just about anything, renovate your lawn, spruce up neglected areas and give the garden its once-a-year feed of fertiliser.

One of the most rewarding jobs to do right now is to get rid of the weeds before they start growing with renewed vigour. Hand weed or hoe out new and emerging weeds.

Target persistent weeds such as oxalis and onion weed with spot herbicide treatments, particularly while plants are in flower.

Flowering spring annuals can be planted now to give your garden a quick lift.

Add instant colour with pots of cineraria, pansy, polyanthus or flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Also plan ahead for flowers later in the year.

Buy punnets of late spring and summer flowers including petunia, phlox and impatiens (a good choice for shade). Seedlings can be planted in garden beds or large pots to provide strategic bursts of colour.

All container-grown plants, including indoor plants, which have been in the same pot for several years, or that have outgrown their current pot, can be repotted now.

Place plants into slightly larger pots with fresh potting mix or trim roots and replant into the old pot.


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