There’s lots to do around the garden at this time of year. Here’s a list of jobs to do now.
- Rake fallen leaves into a pile and add to the compost heap.
- Continue deadheading roses to encourage new autumn buds to form.
- Fertilise lawns so they can achieve maximum growth before the cool weather arrives.
- Take advantage of any autumn rains by spreading a fresh layer of mulch over beds after they’ve had a good soaking.
- Cover shaded ponds with firmly fixed netting to catch autumn leaves before they foul the water.
- Install an insect hotel to encourage a range of pollinators to take up residence in your garden.
- Buy spring bulbs. In warm areas, put cold-loving tulip, daffodil, crocus and hyacinth bulbs in the fridge for a few weeks of pre-planting chill.
- Plant and transplant trees and shrubs while the soil is still fairly warm.
- Begin feeding potted plants fortnightly with liquid fertiliser to strengthen them before winter arrives.
- Check plants for pest infestation, as populations may have increased during the warm weather.
You’ll find more than 50 gardening jobs and projects to do this month, including how to care for gardenias and help unhappy house plants, in the March issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.