Easter long weekend is here and so is the perfect opportunity to get to those jobs around the house and garden. Use this April long weekend to repair any summer damage, prepare your garden for winter and attend to any other jobs you’ve been putting off.

  1. Fertilise lawn

Autumn is the smartest time of the year to prepare your lawn for the harsh winter ahead. With the soil maintaining its summer warmth and more frequent rainfall, your lawn is busy absorbing energy, moisture and nutrients to get through the coldest part of year. Give your lawn some love now, and you’ll get a lot of love back by spring. An autumn application of fertiliser will provide essential nutrients to the grass to stimulate deep root growth and help lawn stay greener for longer over the winter months

  1. Treat potted plants

Check potted plants and consider moving any old, injured or sick to the compost heap. Look for any cracked or broken pots to replace. Then, treat yourself to some new plants and pots. Re-pot any necessary plants or soak soil with a seaweed solution to add nutrients back into tired soil.

  1. Control tree growth

Evaluate tree growth and shaded areas. If your trees are shading other plants too much or blocking light there are a few options. Consider removing lower branches, carefully pruning some branches to thin out the canopy or as a last resort, removing the tree completely. If your tree is larger, hiring a qualified arborist might be the right solution.

  1. Make your own compost

Compost is one of the most important elements of your garden. Enrich soil, help retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. If you don’t have your own compost heap, do some research and create one. You can use autumn leaves and other waste that might otherwise end up in landfill to produce beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter. If creating your own compost heap isn’t for you, call Newtons Building & Landscape Supplies for a delivery to your door or pick up in store.

  1. Rearrange the room

Easter long weekend is a great time to rearrange the garden because soil temperatures are still warm. Leaving deciduous plants until winter, most evergreen shrubs, perennials and strappy clumping plants, will transplant readily. Be careful not to let any relocated plants dry out and use a good seaweed solution for added protection.

  1. Find resolutions

Assess your garden for problem areas that require attention. For example diseased plants, unhealthy soil, design flaws and more. Consider asking a horticulturalist, landscaper, garden centre or other garden professional for suggestions and solutions.

  1. Take care of tools

Clean and sharpen hand tools. Lawnmowers may need servicing and blades sharpening, but this could also be carried out in winter. Consider purchasing any new garden tools too. Wash gardening gloves or replace them if they’re old. Stow some sunscreen in the same place as your tools, plus an old pair of sunglasses for eye protection and a hat.

  1. Cast off chemicals

Sort through pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and spraying equipment. A lot of older products may contain poisons that have been supassed by safer, low-toxicity or organic solutions. Check use-by dates and remove anything with leaky packaging. Be careful not to throw chemicals in the bin and consider contacting your local council to find safe disposal options. Check sprayers work and are clean. Keep one sprayer just for weedkiller, clearly labelled, and never use it for anything else.

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