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Autumn In the Garden
There’s lots to do in the garden in autumn but it can be plenty of fun when the whole family gives a hand – and once it’s done, there’ll be time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Let our helpful hints be your guide.
AUTUMN GARDENING TIPS FROM GARDENA
• As temperatures fall, it’s easy to forget about keeping soil moist, but plants need water all year round to survive, whether it’s hot or cold.
• Autumn is a great time to look ahead. Start planting bulbs for spring that take time to grow, for instance daffodils and tulips. Plant seedlings of cauliflower and broccoli so you’ll have delicious vegies ready to harvest in spring.
• After a hot summer, soil is warmer and more workable than in winter and spring. Therefore planting shrubs and trees during autumn will allow for good root growth and plants will flower earlier.
• Use a cultivator or garden hoe to spike the lawn in order to aerate it.
• Collecting your falling leaves is a great, economical way to make winter compost.
• Make sure you are using the correct lawn feed for the season. The ideal feed for autumn contains more nitrogen and less phosphorus than spring and summer feeds.
• Use autumn as a chance to prune and cut back late summer growth. Removing dead wood will promote flowers and fruit and leave your plants looking shapely.
• Remember to check the pH levels of your soil. Regulating acidity will keep your garden healthy.
• Water your pot plants, especially after a heavy rain, because this is when they dry out most quickly.
• Divide perennials such as cactus and succulents to ensure your garden doesn’t become overcrowded and to boost your plant stocks.