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The most sought-after garden is a low-maintenance one. If that is your style, then the least amount of maintenance would be tending to your garden twice a year, in Autumn and Spring. These are the most crucial times as they are key growth periods.

Prune and deadhead

Pruning and deadheading

Feed your garden and give it a light prune before it gets too cold. Prune anything that has finished flowering or is out of shape. Trim shrubs as they grow; this will help plants to be bushier and promote more flowers in the long run.

Deadheading spent flowers can extend the blooming period of many plants by encouraging the growth of new flowers. Removing spent blooms prevents the plant from putting energy into seed production and redirects it towards creating new flowers. Dead flowers can make a plant look untidy. Removing them helps maintain the plant’s overall aesthetic appeal and cleanliness, making the garden more attractive.

Show your lawn some love

Be kind to your lawns – they have done a great job of handling summer activities. They would benefit from a light top dressing if spongy or uneven underfoot. A good feed is beneficial to ensure optimum health and deep green lustre.

It would be a great idea to invest in some Lawn Solution Grub Guard to prevent and kill pesky lawn grubs such as Armyworm and African black beetle larvae. Grub guard lasts for months and keeps grubs away.

Plant your spring bulbs

Plant your spring bulbs in autumn

Start considering the bulbs you’d like to have in the garden as they will need to be planted in autumn. To do this, enrich the soil with Composted cow manure to give the nutrients back to the earth that will give you amazing flower displays.

Bulbs can be planted in flower beds or in pots. Daffodils, grape hyacinths and irises provide a beautiful display when planted en masse and snowdrops provide a beautiful display during late winter. Tulips and hyacinth can make a stunning display in pots in or around the home.

Fertilise

Fertiliser

I love to feed the whole garden at least twice a year with handfuls of fertilisers such as Super Booster. This will encourage healthier plants and bountiful crops. Most roses are putting on their last show: dead-head and feed now before you give them a major haircut when they hibernate for winter.

Remove spent crops

It’s time to pull out any summer crops that have done their job to make way for cool-season crops. Beans, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower are just a few. Be sure to turn the soil over with composted and or manure before replanting. Rotate crops – don’t plant the same crop in the same spot as this can create a breeding ground for plant disease. Plant a potato crop before it gets too cold and harvest it in spring. You can grow them in the ground or in potato sacks.

Mulch

Mulch

We sell amazing sugar cane mulch perfect for the veggie garden and flower beds.

Benefits of mulch:

  • Prevents weed germination and growth by blocking the sunlight weeds need to grow. This keeps your garden cleaner and reduces competition for water and nutrients.
  • Slows the evaporation of water from the soil, helping to keep it moist for longer. This means less frequent watering is needed, which can save both time and water resources.
  • By covering the soil, mulch acts as an insulator, keeping the soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This can help protect plant roots from temperature extremes.
  • Mulch can protect the soil from being washed away by heavy rains. It also helps to prevent soil compaction and keeps the soil structure intact.
  • Organic mulches break down over time, adding nutrients to the soil and improving its texture and fertility. This can support the growth and health of your plants.

Weed control

Many weeds are thriving after the summer rain. Don’t worry, there is an organic weed spray to do help you with the weeding. Try Slasher and you won’t be disappointed as it will kill weeds without leaving harmful chemicals or deadly residue.

If you are looking for a longer-lasting weed killer for hard surface areas Yates Once a year path weed killer is fantastic. Spray over driveways, paths, pebbles and paving areas and it will keep weeds away for up to one year.

For more Autumn gardening tips contact us today.

Happy gardening!

 

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