As the daytime temperatures cool in Australia, you can feel the heat subside as autumn coolness takes centre stage. It is confusing for a gardening newbie to know what to do after the change of seasons. However, the first point to remember is that a season change is a perfect reminder to tackle certain tasks in your outdoor area. Now autumn has arrived, here are three garden maintenance tips to make sure your yard is ready for the winter months which follow.
Repair Your Lawn
Over the summer months, a lawn becomes unhealthy due to a combination of weather and pest attacks. Summer storms are not uncommon in Australia, and these bring large amounts of rain which wash away topsoil and leave a muddy mess. Combine this with garden pests like lawn grubs which have been very active this summer, the chances are your lawn is now bare of greenery and ready for some loving attention. Visit your local landscape supplier and buy both a lawn grub killer and a lawn fertiliser treatment. Use the lawn grub killer first to make sure the pesky caterpillars are gone for good. This treatment takes about three weeks to work. Once that treatment is done, then use the lawn fertiliser to help the grass to regrow before winter arrives and puts all garden growth into a dormant state.
Plant Your Bulbs
The next task on your maintenance list is to prepare your garden bed or pots for bulb planting. These should be planted in early autumn if you want to see lots of flowers during spring. To prepare the soil for bulb planting, remove all weeds in the area you wish to plant your bulbs. Next, dig a hole for each bulb which is twice the depth of the size of the bulb as you need it to be fully covered in soil. Next, plant the bulb and cover it with soil. Finally, apply a liquid fertiliser to each bulb planted. Your landscape supplier has recommendations for the fertiliser based on what type of flower you are planting.
Monitor The Pests
Certain garden pests such as snails become more active in the autumn months. Once the bulbs are planted you will not see any growth until spring, but the lawn fertiliser may attract garden pests back into your area. It is important during this time of limited growth that you watch for pest damage and use insecticides to kill them off so that any plant damage is limited. If you need advice on which insecticide to use on each pest, talk to your landscape supplier.
Use these tips to get your garden maintained during autumn, and you will see a healthy lawn and plant growth once spring arrives.