Autumn is arguably the best season of the year to slip on your gardening gloves. It's a perfect time to plant as the scorching summer sun has faded, the soil is still fairly warm, and it's before the winter rain. It also plays a vital role in ensuring you get the best growth come spring. Here Bunnings offers seven tips for autumn:
Remove unwanted leaves
Pruning trees during March, April, and May improves the health and appearance of your trees and can promote crop growth in fruit trees. It is also a good time to trim and prune hedges and plants.
Compost is great for your garden, fantastic for the environment and, being a natural fertiliser, also saves you money. Transfer dead leaves to your compost and balance it with kitchen scraps.
Autumn is an ideal time to plant new trees, tree cuttings or shrubs. Planting in these months gives plants time to establish before the hot weather arrives in summer. Fruit trees grow well in Australia's climate provided they have full sun, good drainage and aren't overcrowded.
Take care of the lawn
Feed and repair the lawn now that cold nights have slowed down grass growth. This will protect your lawn through the winter months and ensure it stays green and healthy during the year. Autumn is also a good time to sew new lawn seeds.
Make your own garden bed
A garden bed is a great place to grow veggies. Use good quality topsoil, so your plants get enough nutrients to start growing. Carefully consider the location to ensure the levels of sun and shade suit the plants you want to grow.
Add mulch to your garden
Mulch helps soil hold in moisture and keeps down weeds. Mulch will eventually break down into your soil and add nutrients. Dead leaves, if shredded, can be used as a mulch for your garden bed.
Plant flowering bulbs
Planting bulbs in autumn will allow them enough time to grow before they are ready to flourish in spring. Make sure you find a spot with plenty of sunlight, and they'll be not only easy to grow, but also a colourful addition to your garden.