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Autumn is here with chores and good cheer

Autumn is a beautiful time of year when the fresh air is invigorating, the sunlight is soft and the rain is plentiful. The evenings are gradually reining themselves in signalling that winter will soon be upon us. Early autumn is an important time for us gardeners- it is a time when the chores undertaken now will have bountiful benefits for seasons to come.

Transplanting work

Autumn is a great time for transplanting since the soil has sufficient moisture thanks to regular rain showers. The ground is still warm from the summer sunshine and pleasant temperatures which allows plants sufficient time to establish themselves in their new position and form new strong roots. 

Planting bulbs

One of the most pleasant tasks on the autumn gardening to-do list at this time of year is surely planting flower bulbs. After all, the small brown bulbs represent a promise of flowers for the coming spring; a promise of future beauty and fragrance. Keep in mind when buying bulbs that it is best to buy relatively large ones as they will bloom better. Saving money by buying inexpensive small bulbs might cost in disappointment next spring. If you live in rural areas, give some thought to putting your bulbs under plant covers to protect them from little visitors such as field mice and other rodents that would gladly enjoy a nice bulb buffet.

The rule of thumb for depth is for the hole to be at least three times as deep as the height of the bulb. Alternatively, if you choose to plant your bulbs in pots, you can use the sandwich method positioning different types, one above the other in layers. By coordinating the flowering times of the various types of flower (refer to your plant tags), the individual layers will blossom one after the other mimicking a fireworks display. Another idea is to plant bulbs of the same species in two to four sets at an interval of ten to fourteen days in order to achieve a long flowering period.

Vegetable beds

Having harvested all your summer bounty, it is now time to turn your attention to the wonders of winter vegetables. Lettuce, carrot, silverbeet, broad beans, kale, radish, turnip, beetroot, parsnip, celery, onions, leeks, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Let’s not forget the herbs; coriander, chives and parsley. Plant a few, plant them all; either way, you will have tasty ingredients for many delicious meals.

Pruning hedges

Although pruning is a year round activity, heavy pruning is best left to autumn when your hedges are no longer under the summer strain of extreme temperature. Bring your hedges back to their desired shape using sharp Hedge Clippers and remember to keep a slightly slopping line when clipping the sides with the base slightly wider than the top to allow all leaves to enjoy their share of sunshine.

Fertilising lawn


The air may be starting to get cooler at this time of year but the soil underfoot is still quite warm which means that your grass is still growing.  Feeding your grass a nice dose of fertiliser will encourage root growth and give it the extra boost of vigour it needs to get through the winter.

If you have deciduous trees on your property, make sure to rake up your leaves as they fall. Leaves left lying on the lawn will deprive it of light and encourage the formation of dry, brown patches and moss growth. The GARDENA Leaf and Grass Collector can make this chore less of a chore by collecting all your leaves for you.

Watering Tips

With cooler temperatures, shorter periods of sunlight and more abundant rain, watering becomes less of a priority but must be actively managed none the less. If you are equipped with a water computer, now is the time to adjust your program to autumn conditions by reducing the frequency of watering sessions and the length of time of each session.

Breath in the crisp fresh air and enjoy this magical time of the year!

Autumn evening in the garden