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The Ultimate Autumn Garden Survival Guide | Landscaping Tips
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The Ultimate Autumn Garden Survival Guide

As our hot summer moves out and autumn’s cool air arrives, it’s time to prepare your garden for the cooler seasons ahead. Given the heat we are susceptible to here in Brisbane, the cooler seasons are a welcome change for garden enthusiasts.  We at Brisbane Soils are excited for a new season ahead and are providing you with some helpful landscaping tips to make the most of this weather.

Designing Your Edible Garden in Small Spaces
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Designing Your Edible Garden in Small Spaces

With the current cost of living, it’s no wonder that building an edible garden is rising. Not only is growing your fruits and vegetables great for your health and your wallet, but it has a positive effect on your mental health. However, many of us live in smaller spaces nowadays where space can be a limitation for growing our tomatoes.

When it comes to turning your small garden space into a flourishing edible garden, there are plenty of possibilities to make your dream a reality. Even with a small balcony, tiny courtyard, or a modest backyard, you can establish a garden that provides fresh, homegrown produce. Read on as we, the experts at Brisbane Soils look at the best tips for designing functional edible gardens in small spaces.

Wading Through Water: The Best Waterlogged Garden Solutions
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Wading Through Water: The Best Waterlogged Garden Solutions

After heavy rainfall, your once-thriving garden can find itself underwater. Excess water in your gardens presents a host of challenges to the health of your plants and soil that you need to be aware of.

Read on as we look at the best waterlogged garden solutions to help you navigate through the aftermath of storms and heavy rainfall. Taking action ensures your garden not only survives but thrives.

Gardening Basics for Beginners: Common Pruning Mistakes
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Gardening Basics for Beginners: Common Pruning Mistakes

Gardening is a wonderfully rewarding activity that allows for us to connect with nature. We can create beautiful landscapes with our own two hands and enjoy the fruits of our labor. For the new gardeners starting out on this green journey, mastering the art of pruning is a crucial skill that contributes significantly to the health and vitality of your garden. However, it’s common for beginners to make pruning mistakes that can harm their beloved plants.

Read on as we dive into the gardening basics for beginners, offering essential tips to avoid common pruning mistakes and giving your garden a chance to really thrive.

Understanding the Basics of Pruning

Pruning is a method of gardening that is the careful removal of specific plant parts, such as branches, stems, or buds. Removing these specific parts encourages healthy growth. Pruning also helps to improve the look of your garden as it maintains plant health creating lush plants rich with flowers. However, incorrect pruning practices can lead to damage or stress to the plants, which then hinders their growth.

Gardening Basics For Beginners: Tips to Avoid Common Pruning Mistakes

Know Your Plants

There is a lot to know about gardening but we recommend starting with the basics: understanding the specific needs of each plant. Some of your plants will require minimal pruning, while others will thrive with regular trimming. Start with researching the ideal pruning techniques for your different plant varieties to ensure you’re doing the right thing by each plant.

Invest in Quality Tools

Using the right tools is key. Do yourself a favor and invest in high-quality pruning shears, loppers, and saws that are appropriate for the size and the type of pruning required for your garden. Dull tools can cause jagged cuts which can injure plants and make them susceptible to diseases.

Timing Is Key

Timing plays a vital role in successful pruning. Avoid pruning during periods of active growth or flowering seasons, as this can stress the plant. Research the best time to prune specific plants to maximise their health.

Prune with Purpose

Always have a purpose behind each cut. Remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches first. The aim here should be to create an open structure that allows light and air to penetrate the plant. This helps promote better growth and also reduces the risk of disease.

Avoid Over-Pruning

Beginner gardeners often tend to over-prune their plants. We urge you to remember that moderation is key! Avoid removing more than one-third of a plant’s foliage at a time, as this can weaken the plant and reduce its growth.

Make Clean Cuts

Use proper techniques to make clean cuts close to the main stem or branch collar. Sloppy cuts or leaving stubs can invite pests or diseases. Cut at a 45-degree angle, slanting away from the bud, to encourage healthy regrowth.

Regular Inspection and Maintenance

Take a regular walk through your garden and inspect your plants for signs of overgrowth, damage, or disease. Routine maintenance pruning is important to keep plants healthy and vibrant throughout the growing season.

Gardening Basics for Beginners With Brisbane Soils

One of the best skills to master as a beginner gardener is the art of pruning. By following these gardening basics and avoiding common pruning mistakes, beginner gardeners can enjoy the health, beauty, and longevity of their beloved plants.

Remember, learning how to garden is a learning journey, and patience and practice are key to honing your skills. With these fundamental tips from Brisbane Soils, beginner gardeners can start their gardening journey confidently, nurturing healthy and flourishing plants through proper pruning practices.

For additional gardening advice, contact one of our friendly team members at Brisbane Soils today.

The Best Drought-Tolerant Plants | The Best Mulch
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The Best Drought-Tolerant Plants

During our hot Brisbane summer, keeping our gardens thriving can be a challenge. However, with proper care and proper planning by selecting the right plants and the best mulch, you can create a beautiful and resilient garden that can withstand harsh drought conditions.

Read on as we explore the best drought-tolerant plants for Brisbane gardens, with a particular focus on utilizing the best mulch to protect your plants from drought.

The Benefits of Mulch for Brisbane Gardens
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The Benefits of Mulch for Brisbane Gardens

We Brisbanites enjoy a unique climate that allows us to enjoy sunshine nearly year-round. While gardens traditionally thrive with sunshine, our climate with its high temperatures and dry periods presents both opportunities and challenges for our gardens.

With our hot summers and often dry weather, maintaining a lush and green garden can be harder than it looks. However, one secret weapon that every Queensland gardener should have in their arsenal is mulch. Read on as we at Brisbane Soils will look at the incredible benefits of mulch and how it can help your garden to beat the heat.

Spring Into Action: Our Garden Prep Tips for a Thriving Summer
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Spring Into Action: Our Garden Prep Tips for a Thriving Summer

Spring is just around the corner. The flowers are blooming, the scent is in the air as the prime growth season is upon us. Now is the perfect time for us Queenslanders to roll up our sleeves and get stuck into the essential spring garden prep. The hard work you do now will set the stage for a thriving garden during our hot summer months.

Read on as we’ll share vital garden prep tips tailored to our Brisbane climate, helping you cultivate a thriving garden that withstands the challenges of the upcoming season.

The Ultimate Guide to Winter Gardening in Brisbane
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The Ultimate Guide to Winter Gardening in Brisbane

Those of us who are lucky enough to call Brisbane home, we are one lucky bunch. Not only are we blessed with a beautiful and vibrant city, but we live in arguably one of the best climates in the world. Our winter months are full of sunshine and warmth which gifts us with perfect gardening weather nearly year-round.

While the cooler months are warmer than most, the cooler temperatures may pose challenges for gardening enthusiasts, yet they also present an opportunity to nurture and transform your outdoor space. Read on as we explore valuable tips, essential practices, and the best plant choices to help you create a flourishing winter garden.

Autumn Harvest: How to Grow Your Own Vegetables | Soil Preparation
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A Guide to Growing Your Own Autumn Vegetables

As the summer heat fades and the cool autumn breeze rolls in, it’s time to start planning your vegetable garden for the cooler months ahead. In Queensland, autumn is an ideal time to grow a variety of vegetables as our intense heat subsides for a few months and allows our winter vegetables to thrive.

With some garden planning and soil preparation, you can grow a bountiful harvest of delicious vegetables in your own backyard. Here’s a guide to Queensland’s autumn harvest and how to grow your own fresh vegetables.

5 Tips for Building a Sustainable Garden
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5 Tips for Building a Sustainable Garden

Planning your landscaping can be an overwhelming process regardless if you are building a garden from scratch or re-doing an existing garden. However, if you do your research, building a sustainable garden is not only beneficial for the environment, but it can also save you time and money in the long run. Utilizing mother nature by planning your garden effectively reduces your need for water and expensive and harmful pest control.

Furthermore, by using eco-friendly practices, you can create a healthy and thriving garden that encourages visitors from your local wildlife and reduces your carbon footprint. So how do you build a sustainable garden? Read on for five tips for building a sustainable garden that you can implement today.

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