Sunday, 2 March 2008

Garden To Do List : Autumn

Trees & shrubs
  • Lightly cut back hydrangeas, helichrysum
  • Make sure that late-summer flowering shrubs are getting adequate water (once a week)
  • Prune back Poinsettias to keep them from getting leggy
  • Trim hedges
  • This is a good time to plant (it's getting cooler and the plants won't need as much looking after)
Lawns
  • Fertilise lawn areas with a high nitrogen fertiliser (4:1:1 or LAN.) Water well afterwards to prevent chemical burn)
  • Frequent light mowing is best
  • Water well, once a week (or more if extremely hot/dry)
Roses
  • Water well, regularly
  • Mulch with a good compost
  • Feed with 3:1:5 fertiliser
  • Keep an eye out for blackspot, powdery mildew or fungus (especially SRA)
Perennials & Groundcovers
  • Water well, once a week (particularly WRA)
  • Trim any untidy growth
  • Divide perennials such as Iris, Dianella, Bulbine
  • Cut Felicias and Salvia leucantha back well
Annuals
  • Keep summer-flowering annuals well watered (particularly WRA)
  • Petunias can begin being planted out (they don't like a lot of water on their flowers)
(SRA) Summer Rainfall Areas
(WRA) Winter Rainfall Areas
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