Time to get out there

Mow as needed.

Mow as needed.

Autumn is a great time of year to get out in the garden and take advantage of the milder weather.

Most days it won’t be too hot or cold, so you won’t sweat just standing in the shade, or lose the feeling in your fingers when you pick up a cold metal handle.

It’s also worth noting that spring isn’t the only time of year that you can introduce and grow new things in your garden

You can introduce some plants and expect that they will establish themselves in time to survive winter.

Get planting: Now in early autumn is the time to plant bulbs, tulips in this case, in readiness for an explosion of colour in your garden this spring.

Get planting: Now in early autumn is the time to plant bulbs, tulips in this case, in readiness for an explosion of colour in your garden this spring.

Your local nursery is a great place to go and ask which species will thrive in your little patch of Australia, and what can be done to introduce and look after them at this time of year.

You can also look after all sorts of maintenance. This will not only keep your place looking great, it also means there will be less to do when it comes time to prepare the garden for winter (so you don’t have to go outside in the wet  or cold).

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  • Ensure your gutters are cleaned out and ready for the next downpour.
  • You should keep composting your organic waste, or start one if you haven’t already.
  • You can also use the composted matter to feed certain areas, which is predominantly the point of doing compost.
  • Keep mowing your lawn as regularly as needed. Do it enough to keep weeds under control, but not so often (or so short) that you weaken the grass it and make it vulnerable to wear (which is usually what happens to front yards).
  • Do a little bit of light pruning to keep bushes and trees tidy. Mostly just deal with any dead patches, or keep that hedge under control so you can just leave it over winter. You’re not really trying to promote much growth yet.
  • Repeatedly pressing a big garden fork in the soil and wiggling it about will both aerate it and help improve the drainage. Aerating makes it easier for things to grow, and poor drainage can show itself to be a real problem when the colder, and wetter, weather sets in.
  • Autumn is also an appropriate time of year to plant bulbs and add lots of colour to your garden. They will bloom in spring, but you need to get them in the ground around about now (early in autumn is best).

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