There are many types of garden design in Australia today, but few of them don't include some form of planting. As a result, one of the busiest times of year for a gardener is the spring time. As the first substantial growth of the year is seen, it is the perfect time to prepare your garden for the coming floral highlights and to catch up on the jobs you might have been skipping in winter.

Cut Your Lawn

One of the best ways of developing a luscious green in your garden's lawn is to promote new growth. Therefore, cut your grass so long as no winter frosts are forecast. In spring, it is best to raise the height of your mower's cutting blades, especially for the first cut. Leave the clippings on for the first cut, too, because this will help to keep the growth of weeds down.

Deal with Mulch and Overgrowth

Some plants continue to grow throughout the winter - particularly in the northern parts of the country - whilst others will die back. This means that your garden can be suffering from a degree of overgrowth in certain areas which means that new growth can struggle to find adequate light. If spring bulbs don't see sufficient sunlight because they are being shaded by a perennial, for example, then it is time to cut it back.

Equally, tree boughs may have grown too long or too low and require a degree of surgery before growing can begin again in earnest. Dead leaves and plants may still be rotting from winter in beds and borders and these should be picked, too. With so much to clear out, it can often be beneficial to opt for bin hire so that everything is removed in one go allowing you to get on with other jobs.

Prune Roses

Many Australian gardens are adorned with these wonderful and fragrant flowers, but they only really bloom well if they are pruned regularly. The best time to prune a rose bush in early spring when it is starting to grow but not yet ready to flower. Prune with sharp secateurs just beneath a bud so that the plant doesn't waste energy repairing itself.

Feed Your Plants

After the relative cold and humidity of winter, some plants will benefit from a good feed. Specimen trees, shrubs and hedges will all kick on if they are fed by a general purpose fertiliser. You may also find it helpful to do the same with beds and borders that are already established and from which the plants may have already extracted much of the available nutrition.