From beginners right through to seasoned veterans, following Autumn gardening tips are essential if you want your plants to be ready for the cooler months.
Although somewhat of an unpopular opinion, Autumn is arguably the best season of the year to slip on your gardening gloves and get busy in your backyard. While the scorching summer rays have tempered off, the soil is still fairly warm – making it the perfect time to start planting right before the cooler winter change. Sometimes it can be difficult for plants to adjust to a new garden bed, and autumn offers the ideal temperature to reduce the potential risk of transplant shock.
Eight Autumn Gardening Tips From The Professionals
Autumn in most parts of Australia is from March to May, however what we Aussies regard as “cold” or “hot” can change dramatically depending on which state you reside in. Whilst the specifics on Autumn gardening tips may vary with your exact location, what are some general insights available for budding or seasoned green thumbs to use at home?
Aerate Your Soil – Loosening the soil – known as “aerating” – helps encourage deeper and stronger root growth, and also assists water to penetrate the lower levels. It’s as simple as inserting a garden fork and moving it around the soil, in order to break up any hard clusters.
Get Mulching – The fine art of mulching helps to retain moisture, keeps weeds at bay, and breaks down over time to improve the quality of your soil via nutrients sourced from the organic matter found in the mulch. In a nutshell, mulch is your garden’s BFF.
Fertilise Your Lawn – This process ensures that your lawn is in it’s best shape before the winter frosts arrive, and helps to minimise any potential stress associated with the weather changes. Try an organic and chemical free plant food like Biotic Booster for a safer alternative.
Start A Worm Farm – Earthworms are a sign of a healthy garden, but occasionally they require help. Bury a worm farm in the ground with the top just above ground level so it stays cool, then add layers of wet newspaper in the bottom followed by soil mixed with organic matter.
Prune Your Trees – Pruning helps to improve the health and appearance of your plants, and promotes healthy growth. By removing dead or dying branches on hedges and fruit trees, you’re encouraging new growth to get comfortable before the stress of colder weather arrives.
Find Bargains – Plants such as weeping cherries, crab apples, many spring-flowering fruit trees and roses are all found in bare-rooted stock areas, and can be purchased at a fraction of what they would during the rest of the year.
Transplanting – Moving residences from a pot to a garden bed is a traumatic experience for a plant, no matter the season. However, the risk of them not adapting to their new environment gets worse with colder weather, so ensure you do any moves in Autumn to avoid future pain.
Start A Veggie Patch – If you haven’t done so already, one of our best Autumn gardening tips is to start a veggie patch in your own backyard. With a huge variety of vegetables to choose from, it’s rewarding to add your own ingredients to stews, stocks and soups in the cooler months.
How To Give Your Plants A Boost For Autumn
Do your plants – and yourself – a favour, and give them a head start by optimising your soil prior to planting. By adding a chemical free garden food like Biotic Booster, this will help your garden to:
- Provide essential nutrients and microbes
- Act as a liquid fertiliser to unlock your soil’s potential
- Drought proof your plants and lower water consumption
- Increase and speed up the germination process
- Assist in protecting your plants from pests and diseases
- Provide an organic solution that’s safe to use with herbs, fruit and veggies
If you’re ready to take the leap into improving the health of your plants while minimising the use of chemical based fertilisers and plant food this Autumn, then it may be time to try plant food and probiotics. Our Ultimate Garden Health Pack includes our Biotic Booster, FP-60 Probiotic Spray and RE-250 Soil Energiser. In each concentrated bottle, millions of natural bacterias are waiting to find a new home in your garden.
Here at Bioweed, we specialise in environmentally friendly gardening products, including herbicides, plant foods and probiotics, and natural alternatives to traditional gardening solutions. Should you have any questions about how to improve the sustainability of your garden or even what to plant in Autumn, get in touch with us today.