Autumn garden tips

Autumn’s here and it’s a great time to propagate Australian native plants. Most gardens in Melbourne would be hydraphobic and in need of an application of soil wetting agent after our hot summer to let in the the rain we will be getting soon. Being the start of a new season it’s also a great time to fertilise, dig in compost water and mulch garden beds, this will give winter dormant plants a good pick up before Winter comes.
Enjoy Autumn it’s the best time of the year to be planting.


Autumn garden advice

  • If you have ever wanted an deciduous tree, late March is the best time to head out to your local nursery and choose one. The leaves are just starting to turn and you are able to see the beautiful autumn leaf colours in there full glory.
  • Its a good time to collect some ripe seeds, harvest those Summer vegies and start preparing your patch for your Winter crop, such as peas, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower and carrots.
  • Keep an eye out for black aphids on your camellias new growth and psyllids on your Lilly-pillys new growth both of these problems can be treated with horticultural oil.
  • After a long hot dry Summer lawns will appreciate a feed now, do it just before it rains and sweep fertiliser of paths to avoid iron stains.
  • Its a good time to plant as plants have a better chance of establishing a good root system before Summer.

Happy gardening !