With milder temperatures, Autumn is a great time of year for gardening in Brisbane!
Follow this Autumn gardening advice from our Horticulturalist team to keep your garden flourishing this year.
- Trim the hedges before the onset of winter to keep them compact and bushy from ground level.
- Spray your lawn weeds now. Aerate the lawn and scatter lime lightly over it. Rejuvenate lawns with an autumn feeding to ready them for winter weather.
- Check for borer damage on all deciduous trees, paying attention to the trunk at soil level. It‘s easier to check when trees are dormant and bare.
- Make planting holes between the roots of large trees and insert small plants with tiny root systems that establish themselves readily. Bromeliads thrive under trees.
- Compost fallen leaves regularly, otherwise they will smother your plants and grass.
- If you have cymbidium orchids, they should be placed in full sunshine to encourage good flower spikes during winter and spring.
- Divide perennials. Lift them from the soil, divide at the root and replant into well-conditioned soil.
- March and April are big vegetable planting months in SE Qld. Try tomatoes, capsicums and eggplants; lettuce; radish; beetroot and silverbeet; beans; cucumber and zucchini; cabbage, broccoli; turnip, onion and garlic.
- Regularly removing spent flowers from annuals directs energy into producing more flowers.
- Propagate Frangipani cuttings, letting them dry for a few days prior to planting.