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Autumn Gardening

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Autumn can be a productive time in the garden. It is an opportunity for planting all kinds of trees and shrubs. The air is cooler but the soil still holds warmth – ideal conditions for plants to establish themselves.

Plant shade trees now, and pick out your favourite sasanqua camellias and roses while they’re in flower. It’s also the best time to transplant evergreen shrubs and trees you’d like to move, and to divide agapanthus, kangaroo paws, bearded and wild iris. The secateurs and shears should also get a real workout during autumn, tidying perennials, getting rid of dead wood and cutting back vines to promote healthy new growth.

Spring bulbs are now in the shops and are a fantastic way to add a huge splash of colour and scent to your spring garden. Choose large, firm specimens and plant them in generous clumps for visual impact. Some of the best bulbs include freesia, gladiolus, jonquil, corn lily (Ixia), snowflake (Leucojum) and harlequin flower (Sparaxis). Bulbs suitable for growing in pots include miniature daffodils, soldier boys (Lachenalia) and hyacinths.

For those gardeners with a veggie parch autumn is a great time to sow seeds of carrots, peas, rocket, beetroot, English spinach and coriander. Strawberries, garlic, broccoli, silverbeet, leek, cabbage and lettuce and can also go in now. And be sure to fertilise your citrus plants to boost vigorous growth and stimulate fruit.

Finally, rejuvenate tired lawns with an autumn feeding to ready them for the onset of cool winter weather. Aerating with a fork will also help your lawn to flourish all year round.

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