Summer has come and gone and there is definitely a slight nip in the air. While spring tends to hog the limelight when it comes to gardening, autumn is also a wonderful time to get out and about and get some dirt on your hands.
There’s a lot of things you can do for your garden while the soil still retains some of summer’s last vestiges of warmth and before the winter rains arrive. It’s a great time to start planting winter flowers and plants and to get those spring bulbs underground.
Here are some top things to do in autumn in your garden:
1. Mulch your beds
Mulching is one of the best things that you can do for your garden, and autumn is the perfect time to get it down. Putting mulch on your beds helps them to retain moisture, so you won’t have to water it so often. It also helps keep weeds from growing and packs in some heat so that your flowers or seedlings won’t get frostbite. The best thing is that as mulch breaks down its nutrients enter the bed and gives much needed fertiliser to your plants.
2. Fertilise your lawn
As a basic guideline, you should fertilise your lawn twice a year, and autumn should definitely make up one of those application times. Fertilising your lawn will keep it looking green and healthy, and give it the much-needed nutrients that will keep it alive during winter.
3. Get pruning
Pruning your garden trees should be something that you do regularly as it helps their aesthetic appearance, as well as their health. Removing dead or dying branches keeps away bacteria and encourages the growth of new shoots. Make sure that you know how to prune to avoid damaging the plants, as well as which tools are most appropriate for the job.
4. Get your bulbs down
Planting bulbs is one of the greatest things to do in your garden in autumn, as it’s still warm enough for young plants to establish themselves and they can then grow nice and strong during winter - ready to burst forth in their resplendent colours come spring. Bulbs are incredibly easy to plant and grow but do make sure to plant them in sunlight.
5. Plant some fruit trees
The climate in Australia is ideal for the growth of fruit trees and autumn is as good a time as any to get planting. They need lots of sunlight, full sun and soil that drains well. If they get all these elements, they will grow and start to produce their fruit in no time at all.
6. Make your own compost
Compost is a wonderful natural fertiliser and is excellent for your garden. In autumn, most trees are dropping their leaves. If you get the balance right between kitchen scraps and garden waste, then you won’t just have a lovely natural fertilizer but you will also save yourself money from buying fertiliser from the store.
7. Build a veggie garden bed
It’s always great to grow your own vegetables, you’ll have the feeling of accomplishment when you bite into your first home-produce and you will also save cash on groceries. Ensure that you make the bed in the right light conditions and choose veggies that are going to thrive in winter conditions, of which there is a large variety - believe it or not.
These are just some of the really fun and useful things that you can get up to in your garden during autumn this year. Happy gardening!