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Published August 5th 2017
Love your garden? Get it ready for spring
What should I do in my Melbourne garden this August? Here are 7 jobs to keep you busy this weekend.
1. This month is really your last chance this year to plant bare rooted trees. If you are keen to do this, get down to your local plant nursery pronto!
2. There are some bulbs that can still be planted, including the much maligned gladioli. Planting bulbs is a great way to get children interested in gardening too and teaches about the seasons.
3. Trimming and pruning your garden can be done and those pesky weeds will still be around to deal with. If might be cold but you'll soon work up a sweat trimming and weeding and burn some calories off too. It is also your last chance to prune roses – of course check your individual plants as they vary so much. Those at higher altitudes have more time up their sleeves in this regard.
4. Prepare, prepare, prepare! If you are planning on planting tomatoes or other spring veggies then now is the time to prepare your veggie patch. Mulch and add some good organic compost to your soil and you will be rewarded later on in the year.
5. If you are keen to plant out your veggie patch now then there are a range of plants that can be planted, including some varieties of peas, broad beans, silver beet and onions - check the seed packets first to make sure.
6. Prepare your lawn for spring by applying some lawn food and also a weed and feed treatment if required.
7. If it is so cold that you can't bear the thought of being outside, preparation is the key to good gardening. Use this time to make sure that your tools are ready for the busy spring season. Of course you cleaned your tools before you packed them away, didn't you? But why not make sure and oil, clean, sharpen and otherwise make sure that you are ready to go.