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Steps to help your garden recover from winter

At last, we're seeing the back of winter and the warmer weather is coming to stay. As we begin to move outside and prepare to invite friends over for braais on the weekend, it's important to make sure that your garden is ready for entertaining.
Winter in South Africa can be harsh on your garden, and in the spring, your plants, paths and outdoor entertainment areas can need a little TLC.

1. Clear the paths in your garden

During winter, most people don't spend a lot of time wandering through their gardens. This gives the plants that line your garden paths the perfect opportunity to overrun the area and cause a little bit of chaos.
Now that the weather is getting a little warmer, it's time to get outside and take a walk along all of your paths. Take your pruning clippers or secateurs with you, so that you can chop away any branches that overhang. You also need to keep an eye out for ground cover plants and roots that could be lifting the bricks or paving slabs you use to demarcate the path.

2. Check wooden decks and garden furniture for damage

Whether you're in a winter rain fall area or not, wooden items can get quite badly damaged during the colder months. If you have a wooden deck outside your house, it's important to have it checked by a professional to ensure that there are no dangerous areas that have begun to rot.
If you have wooden garden furniture that lives outside, you need to check it thoroughly for rot, splinters and any weakness in the joints. Now is also the ideal time to give this furniture a new coat of polish or wax. This will keep it gleaming in the coming summer sunshine.

3. Clean out moss that has grown between bricks or paving slabs

Moss between bricks and paving slabs can look quite nice – some people even water their bricks in order to encourage moss to grow. However, there are times when it can be dangerous to have moss as it can become quite slippery when it gets wet. If you have moss growing on your garden paths, outside steps or entertainment area, you may want to consider removing it to prevent an accident.
There are several methods to get rid of moss, from using a high-pressure hose to pouring a mixture of bleach and water over it. The first method will get rid of the top layer and is a quick method for making an area safe if you have a party that night. Using bleach, however, will actually kill the moss so that it won't grow back. This is quite a process and it's best to ask a specialist before trying it yourself.
Browse our directory of Gardening and Outdoor specialists in South Africa. They'll be able to help you to get your garden in tip-top shape this spring.

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