It's time to: March
Check with your local council about weeds in your area. Replace any you happen to be growing with local natives. The transformation will benefit both your garden and the surrounding bushland.
Discard outdated chemicals. Check with council for chemical depots or clean up weekends. A good rule of thumb – if you can’t read the label, it’s time to throw it away.
Add 50-75mm of mulch to garden beds to retain soil warmth.
Check positions of pot plants. Be aware of the new season’s changed sun path and move pots into, or away from, autumn’s sun zone.
Order spring bulbs and store in the crisper drawer of the fridge.
Stake any recently planted trees. Roots haven’t had time to establish, so a windy or rainy March could see your hard work undone.
Last chance to get artichoke suckers in the ground. Choose a sunny position with well-drained soil.
Sharpen tools – secateurs and shears have worked hard over summer.
Apply fertiliser: with the wet season ending it’s unlikely to be washed away by rain.
When you have 10 minutes
Rejuvenate tired kangaroo paws that are a mass of fading flower and yellowing, black-spotty foliage. Cut them back to just 5cm above ground level with shears or secateurs. Feed with a handful of native fertiliser, water it in, and prepare for a stunning show in spring.