Spring probably has you keen to get your green thumbs into the garden. While it’s a little too early for planting out tender seedlings, there are two major tasks to get sorted before the summer rains hit…

Get mulching

In our dry African climate, it’s critical to preserve as much moisture as possible to cut down on wasted water in the garden. Now is the perfect time to replace the mulch in your garden – or put some down if you’ve never used it before.

Hardwood mulch is typically seen as the best and will last longer, but almost any mulch will do the trick.

Trim almost everything

This is also the perfect time to generally tidy up. Re-edge the beds, treat any wooden bed edging you have, and trim and prune your bushes and trees.

It’s especially important to deal with removing dead branches, as they can be dangerous if left unattended – you may be injured, or areas of the property may be damaged.

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The only plants which should not be given a tidy-up in spring are those which lay down their flower buds on the previous year’s growth (like bougainvillaea), as you will stop these flowering by doing so.

Is your garden fit and ready for spring? With these easy tips, it will be.