Just like cleaning your house, a garden needs some maintenance of its own. But if you’re a rookie and feeling a little intimidated by that wild overgrowth, then fear not. We’ve got all the tips you need to help perk up your turf. You’ve got this!

The first task is to clear out the garden by removing all the leaves and weeds.

But weeds are plants too, so why even bother? Well, there are a few good reasons. Weeds rob your soil of important nutrients and water, they also compete for precious sunlight. That means the plants and flowers you want to grow will have less of the goodies they need to do so. So wait until after it’s just rained, it will help make removing the weeds a lot easier. And just like 6Sixty say – don’t forget your roots my friend. If you don’t pull the weeds roots out they will be back in a flash. Briscoes Southgate’s Nexus Garden Hand Trowel makes getting the roots out a breeze and it’s a bargain at just $7.99.

Once you pulled out the weeds its time to rake up all the other garden debris.

You can think of a rake as a broom for outside. The Tool Shed’s 14’’ Tooth Fibreglass Handle Rake is perfect for the job. And just like sweeping inside, once you’ve finished raking, place all the leaves and weeds into a green waste bin. If you’ve not watered your garden over winter, there’s a good chance the roots of your plants may have dried out. So revitalise the soil with a Gardena Oscillating Sprinkler from Mitre 10 Mega and some Seafood Soup from the brand new Wet & Forget Southgate store.

 

Next, it’s time to cut back any old plants to encourage new growth and remove any dead or diseased branches. A pair of secateurs will help, they’re like scissors for plants and Mitre 10 Mega Southgate has a massive range to choose from.

One often overlooked but vital element to a healthy garden is a layer of mulch. Tui’s Pea Straw 5 Litre Mulch from Mitre 10 Southgate helps to suppress weed growth by blocking the sunlight that weeds need to germinate. Mulch also conserves soil moisture, protects roots against frost and adds valuable nitrogen to the soil.

Now it’s the fun bit, time to plant. Whether it’s a vegetable, herb or flower garden, the friendly staff at Mitre 10 Mega Southgate can help you choose the perfect plants to design your ultimate home garden. So get out there and give it a go. One of the best things about gardening is the feeling of satisfaction you get once you’ve finished. It’s also an excellent form of low impact exercise and the perfect antidote to a busy modern world.