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The weather is starting to cool and frosts are just
around the corner, but that doesn't mean you
need to stay indoors.
In fact, autumn can be a very busy time in the
garden. Here are a few tips to ensure your garden is in
tip top shape to flourish.
• Take cutting - Take 10cm cuttings from hardwood
herbs such as rosemary and bay or natives such as
banksias, grevillea and coastal rosemary. Remove the
lower leaves, dip cuttings into hormone powder and
pot in small containers of premium potting mix. Keep
just moist and shelter from strong wind and sun.
• Hedges - Trim hedges before the onset of winter to
keep them compact and bushy from ground level.
• Check your lawn - Make sure any weeds you sprayed
last month are dying. Repeat the treatment if
necessary. Aerate the lawn with a garden fork and
scatter lime lightly over it. Rejuvenate tired lawns
with an autumn feeding to ready them for the onset
of cool winter weather.
• Fallen leaves - Gather fallen leaves, grass clippings,
kitchen scraps and shredded prunings, and layer
them in a compost bin. Turn periodically with a
garden fork to allow air to circulate and feed
organisms, and decompose the organic matter
quickly. Don't overload your compost with one
particular ingredient - maintain a mix.
• Earthworms - These are a sign your soil is fertile.
When you add organic matter such as leaves and
cow manure to your garden soil, you will attract
earthworms, so there is no need to add more worms
to your garden. The worms you've attracted with
organic matter will add nutrients from their castings,
and make tunnels.
• Check trees - Check for borer damage on all
deciduous trees, paying attention to the trunk at soil
level. It's easier to check when trees are dormant and
bare. Don't try to cultivate soil beneath large trees;
you will only damage the roots. Make planting holes
between the roots instead and insert small plants
with tiny root systems that establish themselves
readily. Bromeliads thrive under trees.
• Rose season - Roses can look gorgeous at this time
of year. Choose the ones you love and order them
from your local nursery.
• Divide evergreen perennials - Lift them from the soil,
divide at the root and re-plant into well-conditioned soil.
• Plant - Start a tradition by planting poppies to
commemorate ANZAC day. Also plant your spring
flowering bulbs and annuals while the soil is still
warm. By doing this they will start flowering earlier
• Make a vegetable and herb garden - Winter is an
excellent time for vegetables and herbs. A vegetable
garden can be a great family project and will ensure
you have fresh, delicious vegetables available in your
backyard. Veggies, such as broccoli and cauliflower,
are simple to plant and make a fantastic addition to
the winter casserole. Other leafy herbs and
vegetables such as coriander, rocket and lettuce also
grow best in cooler months.
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