Autumn

Autumn is a great time for garden maintenance. Every minute you spend working in your garden during autumn will really see you being greatly rewarded in spring.

We recommend the following task be carried out in the autumn months:

Lawns
Aerate lawns, using a garden fork to spike the law.

Apply organic fertiliser to lawns and gardens. This is really best done on a rainy day. The rain will wash the fertiliser into the earth, it also lessens the smell, prevents leaf burn and saves you from needing to hose it in, thereby saving water.

Prune shrubs that have finished summer flowering. In May prune hydranges.

Treat Pests and diseases.

  • Scale pests - Spray with white oil
  • Cabbage white butterfly - Spray with Dipel
  • Caterpillar control - Spray with salty water. Add two table spoons of salt to a bucket of water and spray directly on to pest.
  • Aphids - spray with white oil or soapy water

Deadhead roses
Cut back pelargoniums by about two-thirds
Cut down herbaceous perennials that have finished flowering.

Planting

Fruit

Vegetables

Flowers

Herbs

Bulbs

Carob
Chestnut
Crabapple
Fig
Grapes
Kiwifruit
Macadamia
Mandarin
Olives
Orange
Pears
Persimmon
Pomegranate
Rasberry
Walnut

Broadbeans
Broccoli
Cress
Mustard
Onions
Peas
Shallots
Spinach
beetroot
lettuce
silverbeet
cabbage
cauiflower
radish
capsicum
broccoli
snow peas
leeks
onion

Alyssum
calendula
lupin
gypsophila
pansy
salvias

Mint
spearmint
peppermint
coriander
chives
curry
lemon grass
lemon balm
lemon verbena
oregano
parsley
rosemary
rocket
sage
thyme

plant spring bulbs in Autumn

Daffodil
Freesia
Hyacinth
Iris
Jonquil
Ranunculas
Tulip

Bulbs require very cold conditions in order to flower so if you don't live in an area that has frost, place bulbs in crisper of fridge for 4 to 6 weeks before planting.

Deciduous trees

Shade the house in the summer keeping it cooler

deciduous trees- Summer shades the house keepong it cooler

and allows sunlight in during winter keeping the house lighter.

deciduous trees Winter allows light into the house

Interesting Facts:

Garlic

Should be planted on the shortest day of the year and harvested on the longest day of the year.

You can plant garlic any time in winter. Garlic requires the winter frost,so if you don't live in an area that expriences winter frost place garlic in crisper section of frige for 4 to 6 weeks before planting into the earth.

Best garlic is organic and purple in colour. Always plant in good healthy soil.

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