Preparing your garden well for new plants is one of the best investments you can make for your landscape. In nature, plants are part of a sophisticated ecosystem where they rely on other plants and animals for food, staking, mulching and pruning. Use the tips below to give your new plants the best start in your garden.
Aeration and good drainage are essential for a strong root system and healthy growth. You can improve your soil by:
Poorly drained areas may need artificial drainage and will benefit from a raised soil level. Use a a quality native garden mix when raising soil levels.
A thriving garden starts with correct planting. Follow the steps below to give your plants a head start.
If your topsoil is shallow and underneath is heavy clay, build up soil to a height where the plant’s roots are just above the topsoil and the diameter of the mound is one metre to prevent drying out.
Your newly planted plant should be watered at least once a week for the first 12 weeks or until it becomes established. In warmer weather you will need to water more often – check the soil by poking your finger into it and water if it feels dry.
All plants should be fertilised at the time of planting.
New plants do not need to be staked as they need wind rock to develop a healthy root system. However, in heavy wind areas, it is important to correctly stake plants to ensure their health and success.
When staking plants:
Mulch conserves water and keeps the roots of your plants cool in the hot months of the year. The type of mulch used will come down to personal preference.
In their natural habitat, native plants are regularly pruned by animals and birds and therefore grow better as a result.
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