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Autumn has become a popular time for gardening, with this year being more popular than ever. More time at home has also meant more time in the garden. Whether you’re a gardening novice or a green thumb, Kay & Burton Concierge Partner Gardenridge has some autumnal gardening tips that you might find useful.

Weeds

Summer weeds recede at this time, being replaced with winter grass, oxalis (returning from its summer hibernation) and a plethora of flat weeds. The most effective strategy is to top up the mulch to deny the weeds the space to germinate and grow.

Snip and Clip

Autumn is the perfect time to implement a cosmetic prune to restore balance and order, leaving the main cutback and structural prune for winter.

Clean Up

A dry and mild start to autumn produced an abundance of scrappy plants and leaves falling without conviction. But this is not a problem for the humble gardener who is fixed on clearing the garden of anarchy and mess: a mild autumn allows time to attend to those essential gardening chores normally missed.

Watering

With the rain, we reduce irrigation in terms of frequency and duration; however, there are still dry spots that require water augmentation. Assess the state of the soil, as some soils may have become hydrophobic and remedial treatment is required before they can absorb water and disperse nutrients.

Fertilization

With the coming rains, it is recommended that you initiate a fertilizing program to produce a flush of growth and a last hurrah before winter arrives. The main strategy is to apply a nine-month-slow-release fertilizer. These pills provide the mainstay of nutrients until late December.

Lawns

There is a small window to fertilize and control lawn weeds. Apply selective herbicide to control the likes of capeweed, chickweed and winter grass. Rain assists the soil absorbing and disseminating nitrogenous fertilizer but hinders weed control. Lift the mower height a smidgen to help keep warm the season grasses, such as couch, buffalo or kikuyu green.

Plants to plant in Autumn 

The best flowers to plant in autumn include dianthus, pansy, viola, primula, poppy, cineraria, polyanthus, stock, snapdragon and spring bulbs such as tulip, jonquil, daffodil, freesia, hyacinth, freesia, anemone and ranunculus.

The best vegetables to plant in autumn include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, leek, onion, lettuce, peas, silverbeet, spinach and chicory.

The best herbs to plant in autumn include rocket, parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary and garlic.

 

Please contact Kay & Burton Concierge on 03 9825 2000 or via concierge@kayburton.com.au to engage the landscape gardening services of Gardenridge.

 

For more information about Kay & Burton Concierge, please visit https://kayburton.com.au/concierge.


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