Autumn is a wonderful and interesting time for the garden. Autumn colours all around, with a mixture of warmth and cold between summer and winter. Some might say that autumn is the wrong time to get into gardening, as it will be difficult to maintain it during the winter, but with the right amount of care and attention, your garden can thrive all the way through to the spring.
Here are 7 autumn gardening tips that will help your garden stay gorgeous:
Mulch is the best thing you can give your garden; it’s just something you can never go wrong with. What’s great about mulch is that it keeps the moisture in the soil, meaning your garden doesn’t need to be watered as often. Mulch also helps as a deterrent to weed growth, saving you the trouble of pesky weed removal. The best part is that any mulch you lay down will just naturally break into the soil, adding to their nutrients.
There are quite a few different kinds of mulch, ranging from inorganic to organic, so make sure you know which is best for your garden.
2. Keep Your Trees Pruned
While trees generally don’t need much assistance and can be left to grow on their own, one way that we can help them out is with pruning. A healthy tree is a happy tree, and regularly removing dying or dead branches from the top of your tree is guaranteed to keep it healthy.
Pruning the tree prevents branches from growing in each other’s way, which could possibly lead to disease and infection, and it also increases crop growth amongst fruit-bearing trees. Make sure you know how to prune your trees without hurting them, by using the right tools and techniques.
3. Use Cuttings For New Plants
A great way to keep your garden going is by planting new plants from your cuttings. Take roughly about ten-centimetre cuttings from herbs such as bay and rosemary, or native herbs like coastal rosemary, grevillea, and banksias.
First, you will want to prune away the lower leaves, and then place a little hormone powder on the cuttings. Give them a good container with enough space, with a high-quality potting mix for nutrition. As they grow, protect them from rough weather and keep the soil moist.
4. Construct A Garden Bed
The garden bed is a great addition to a home garden, and might even become your favourite part of your garden if done properly. This is a separated container where you can grow different vegetables or plants. To build your garden better, the most important part will be considering the level of light in your chosen area. How much light or shade the garden bed receives will determine the best kinds of plants for your bed.
5. Triple Check For Weeds And Aerate the Soil
Weeds can be quite pesky in this season, and you will want to make sure that you keep any possible weed issues dead or dying. Check around your lawn and go right at the soil to check for any growing weeds; if there are, make sure to spray them without damaging your other plants.
It will also help to use a garden fork to aerate and break up the lawn. For that extra help, drip some lime over your lawn; this will sweeten an old and tired lawn, rejuvenating them right before the colder winter months.
6. Make Compost
There’s no better time than autumn to make your own natural compost! Not only is it good for the environment to create your own natural fertilizer, but it will also save you from buying at the store. Compost is generally a balance of kitchen scraps and garden waste, and with all those trees shedding away their leaves, autumn is definitely the ideal time for your compost project.
This also hits two birds with one stone: you need to clean up the fallen leaves regularly. If you don’t, they will end up smothering your grass and plants, hurting them over time.
7. Time To Plant Fruit Trees
If you’ve ever wanted to have your own fruit trees, autumn is the perfect time to do it. We have the ideal conditions in Australia to grow fruit trees, and this time of year is a nice and moderate temperature to grow them without worrying about it being too hot or too cold.
Fruit trees are generally easy to manage – with enough sunlight, the right amount of drainage, and just enough space, and you will be picking fruit from your own garden in no time. Overcrowding is the biggest danger when it comes to fruit trees, so make sure they have their own space on all sides.
Need Some Autumn Gardening Help? Call Aussie Tree Solutions Today!
Aussie Tree Solutions is your all-around tree maintenance provider in the Brisbane area, and if you need help keeping your trees healthy and happy over autumn, or preparing them for the winter months, then we’re the right team to call.
Call us today for an obligation-free tree pruning quote, and find out how we can help your garden this autumn!