Cleaning up before winter

Autumn is the perfect time of year to get stuck into some of the bigger projects around the home and garden. The days can be dry and sunny giving you the perfect climate to get your home and garden ready for the next season of entertaining, so where should you start?

With trees shedding leaves and lawns coming back to life after a long summer of scorching heat, you can begin by cutting back trees and shrubs, filling and repairing any holes in the lawn and cleaning up the loose and dead debris from the garden. This will give you a better idea of your uncluttered space and help you visualise other structures and features – like pergolas, decks or covered eating areas – that could be welcomed into the yard.

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Here are some previous blogs that might help you with your Autumn plans:

Some other tips for this time of year:

Lawn maintenance

You’ll need a slow-release lawn food for all grass areas. Use a metal rake to remove any build up of thatch or dead growth giving lawns a spongy feel underfoot. If the lawn is looking sparse, reseed or returf bare areas. Before replanting, dig in organic matter and water over the area with a soil wetting agent. Keep foot traffic off areas that are being renovated until the new grass is growing vigorously (fence off areas if possible)

Get your winter veggies in

Its early autumn, so start planning your veggies in preparation for sowing in April and a winter harvest. Consult your climate guide and turn over the soil, freshening up with compost and fertiliser if required.

Top 10 Autumn veggies include:

  1. Beetroot – Plant directly into the soil (Harvest from August)
  2. Brussel Sprouts – Plant in the soil after growing in seed trays for 4-6 weeks (Harvest from Sept)
  3. Cabbage - Plant in the soil after growing in seed trays for 4-6 weeks (Harvest from Aug)
  4. Carrots – Sow directly into the soil (Harvest from Sept)
  5. Cauliflower - Plant into the soil after growing in seed trays for 4-6 weeks (Harvest from Oct)
  6. Garlic – Plant cloves directly into the soil (Harvest from Oct)
  7. Kale - Plant in the soil after growing in seed trays for 4-6 weeks (Harvest from Aug)
  8. Leeks - Plant in the soil after growing in seed trays for 4-6 weeks (Harvest from Sept)
  9. Peas – Sow directly into the soil (Harvest from Aug)
  10. Silverbeet - Sow directly in the soil (Harvest from Aug)
Outdoor furniture maintenanceGive furniture a once over before it is moved into a dry spot for winter. Clean, sand and oil any wood that will be exposed to the winter storms. tighten or replace any rusted or worn hardware, checking all screws and bolts along the way.

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