Friday 23 July 2021

Top Tips to Make the Best of your Garden and Outdoor Space!

During the winter months, it’s easy to assume that there isn’t much you can do to your garden. While it may be tempting to take a step back from gardening, winter is the perfect season to complete smaller design projects and prepare your garden to ensure it’s maintained and blooming come spring. 

Here, Tuscan Path's National Account Manager, Jason Taylor and Cyclone Ambassador and World Champion Axeman, Laurence O’Toole share their top tips to ensure your garden is thriving when the warmer months roll around.

Create your own secret garden
Our gardens and outdoor areas are our own sanctuaries to relax and enjoy nature. Create a sense of privacy with screening panels, that can be used for decorative purposes, creating shade as well as for zoning areas in your backyard. Screening panels are extremely functional and help create a stylish, warm and inviting entertainment space.

According to Jason Taylor, to achieve a unique outdoor space, a variety of screening panels can be used including Tuscan Path’s Fiscus, Geometric or Leaf Screen Panels, depending on the style and look you want (RRP $99.00). The rustic weathering steel finish creates a great backdrop for any backyard and features as a wind blocker for you and your guests. For an extra touch of warmth to your entertaining space in winter, add some back lighting to the screens. Come summer, the screening panels can be used as a roof on a pergola to provide dappled shade and make your outdoor space really come to life. For the gardener, screening panels can provide a decorative alternative for climbing plants or vegetables.
Prune away
While many plants are resting this season, pruning dormant plants such as deciduous plants and trees is ideal to rejuvenate the plant and promote growth and structure. Larger deciduous trees will benefit greatly from a decent prune when you can get a good look at their framework. Pruning removes any dead wood that wasn’t visible during the warmer months and reduces the chances of the branches getting congested inside the canopy.

According to Laurence O’Toole, who is not only a World Champion Axeman but a professional Arborist as well, to remove hard-to-move dead stumps, you should ideally use a durable axe. Hardened and tempered for strength, Cyclone’s 2kg Polished Axe (RRP $71.80) is ideal for felling, removing stumps and chopping and trimming small trees in the yard. When removing stumps, start a few inches away from the main tree and cut all the roots. Then dig under the stump to pop it out.
Utilise firewood to keep warm
According to Lawrence, there is no better season to make the most of firewood than winter. A handy tool for this task is Cyclone’s 2.5kg Heavy Duty Blocksplitter (RRP $62.00). The axe is ideal for splitting hardwoods and is a heavy duty blocksplitter that features a unique impact absorbing industrial grade collar. When splitting wood ensure you’re using a chopping. block so that you’re working off the ground and avoid damaging the head of the axe. It’s better to cut and split the wood when it’s green before it dries out, as it gets harder and tougher as it dries.
Feed your lawn
Give your lawn a helping hand by nourishing its soil. Although grass blades may be growing slowly in winter, the roots are photosynthesising. While the top layer of the lawn can be affected by frost, and cold wind, the temperature in the roots is mild. Feed soil by applying a hose-on seaweed or organically fortified lawn product. This will help build strong grass blades, replace weak or dead roots and help them grow deeper into the soil. Come spring, the roots will be flourishing and able to support the stronger lawn growth above.

Build a vegetable patch
Build on crops by planting a variety of winter-friendly vegetables this season. The cooler months are perfect for planting frost-friendly plants like cauliflower, cabbages, swiss chard, peas, carrots and radishes. These vegetables are hardier and work well for most regions in Australia.

To ensure vegetables grow healthy and strong, cover them with suitable mulch. Keep an eye out for insects and pests by regularly monitoring them and use a non-harmful insecticide. To prevent exposure to more extreme weather conditions, consider planting vegetables in a pot or raised bed.

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Till next time... make the best of your garden this winter!

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