The Essential Spring-Time Guide For Your Highlands Garden

Gosh, we love this warmer weather. There is something about seeing buds popping up on branches, camellias and crab apples blooming and bees buzzing around that get us all inspired to get out in the garden and work some mulching magic, right? 


But what if you’re a little like us (helloooo black thumbs…!) and don’t know where to start? 

You talk to a gardening guru! Michael Nichols of Turf 2 Trees Horticulture is certainly one of those. Michael and his crazy talented team do complete landscape management, specialising in acreage, formal gardens and show gardens….and wow! We’ve had a sneak peek at their work and the gardens are stunning!


Michael has put together a month by month guide of what to do and when in the garden during spring. Awesome! And he’s doing it for us every season. 

Your gardening calendar – sorted! 

So let’s go…..


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Cooler days are behind us – mostly! – and the garden is coming to life again. Here's what to plant, how to encourage maximum growth this time of year, and discourage nasty bugs that can impact your garden.

Start preparing the vegetable garden for your spring crops. Plant carrots, parsnips, spinach, silver beet, leeks and lettuce, but be careful about planting some of the frost-averse veggies too early as late frosts are becoming the norm in the Highlands. 

Annuals can be changed out for the coming season - marigold, delphinium, petunia, phlox are good varieties. Remember to keep deadheading as this encourages the next flush. 

Ensure your hydrangeas are pruned for the new season's growth. 

If you haven’t finished your mulching then keep at it! This job is best suited to before the warm weather arrives and starts to dry out your soil. 

September is the time to kick start your lawns back to life again. Aerate, de-thatch, seed bare areas and fertilise to put you in good stead for the coming season, and don't forget to control lawn scarab beetle!

Start keeping an eye out for aphids as their life cycle will start soon. If the humidity is high, black spot will also need to be controlled. 

Stone fruit trees should be treated again for leaf curl at bud swell, and apples and pears require treatment for codling moth. 

Protect new growth on slug and snail tender plants. 

If you're afraid of spraying nasty chemicals all over your lawn, we have the latest and greatest product which is completely safe for you, your pets and the environment - and it lasts for six months! Get in touch for more info. 

For snail control, the use of copper and physical traps to control snails is far more effective than the usual pellet method, especially in the vegetable and product garden. 

Be sure to treat your hellebores after flowering to control potential aphid infestations. 



Spring is now at full throttle, so keep at it with pest control, fertilising and prepare for pruning. 

Deadhead bulbs to encourage good strong blooms for this coming season. 

Remember to leave foliage as this allows the bulb to harvest valuable nutrients for next season's growth. 

When fertilising Australian natives, don't use fertiliser with a high content of phosphorus as this will damage your plant. 

Dahlias will now start to poke their pretty heads up, so make sure you protect the new growth from snails and slugs. 

Most frost tender vegetables can now be planted. 

Spring flowering shrubs such as forsythias and spiraea, can be pruned once flowering has finished. 

A wide array of pest and disease problems can be solved and reduced using biological control methods which we strongly encourage. Did you know commercial growers of ladybirds and lacewings are readily available to ship to your door? 

We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is an holistic approach to how we control pests, diseases and disorders. It combines the use of all types of control, whether it be manual/physical control, biological control, cultural control and chemical control. You can contact our team for any pest management queries or questions about IPM. 

Spring Garden


It's a good time to take cuttings of shrubs and get proactive about the health of any big trees you have in the garden. 

Check conifers for signs of cypress borer. This usually shows itself by browning of foliage and bleeding of sap. 

Bearded iris should be dug up and divided every 2-3 years. Just after they finish flowering is a perfect time to start. 

If you want to expand your hellebore numbers into other parts of the garden, cut the spent flower heads off and disperse them in the garden. That means you'll find some new additions to your garden come next season! 

November and December is a great time to take cutting for many shrubs. 

Do you have a go to chemical you use in your garden every season? Remember that continually using the same chemicals will cause a resistance within the environment and make the product use ineffective.

Have you got a tree in poor health? There is a way of finding out what the exact health of your tree really is! Contact our team to find out more. 


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Turf 2 Trees Horticulture is a Landscape and Estate Management business, specialising in acreage, formal gardens and show gardens with over ten years of horticulture and turf management experience. A local business who has mastered the art of their craft in the unique Highlands climate, the team at Turf 2 Trees Horticulture focus on efficiency and high-quality property maintenance. 

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