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Bay OK spring gardening guide

29 October, 2019

Keep Geographe Bay sparkling…and grow a great garden yourself!

Our pristine Geographe Bay relies upon clean sources of water running into it from our Catchment’s waterways, drains and groundwater. This means that what we do in our garden can have an impact on the water quality in the Bay.

Spring is a great time to get into the garden, spruce it up, and get it ready for the summer heat.

Here are some of the best ways to nurture your plants this spring while ensuring the Bay is protected from harm.

Renovate your lawn! For dry spots on lawns in sandy soils, apply a wetting agent, a sprinkle of compost and a splash of seaweed and fish solution. Actually, your whole garden will thank you for some of this love! Often your gardens and lawn do not need fertiliser at all; some microbes, trace elements and soil wetter will do the trick.

Attract butterflies and bees to your garden by adding a water source and selecting plant species with bright blooms. Lots of bugs means lots of bird life too! Particularly if you have planted WA native plants that offer food, shelter and breeding habitat.

October is soil wetter month! You need to apply soil wetter up to four times a year on sandy soils, and you need to start before your soil dries out in the hot months. On your garden beds, produce gardens, lawns, native gardens – spray it on everywhere! Reapply soil wetter after December and again in March to prevent your soil becoming hydrophobic again.

Another way to ensure your soil holds water and fertiliser more readily is to add clay to your soil. Clay will transform your sand and turn it into soil. There are plenty of products on the market now with both clay and compost in them that you can either mix into planting holes or apply lightly to your soil surface then rake it in. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packet; too much will harm your garden!

With the hot weather on the way, it is the perfect time to make fast compost! Compost is a heating process, so put your favourite compost recipe together and put it on to cook! Just remember to water it or those beneficial microbes will not thrive…. A good mix has food scraps, sawdust, hay, torn up newspaper, lawn clippings, a handful of old compost and the same of manure. The bedding from your pet guinea pigs almost has it all!

And remember, by doing your bit in the garden, you are also keeping Geographe Bay OK!