Autumn Gardening Tips

With its milder weather, autumn (and even early winter) is the perfect season for gardening! When assisting customers with gardening projects for the autumn months, provide them with some of the following ‘top ten’ suggestions and help them achieve a beautiful garden all year round.

April

  1. Plant trees and shrubs – April is one of the best months for planting.
  2. Sow Yates Flanders Poppies to commemorate Anzac Day.
  3. Select and plant trees for autumn colour while you can see them at their best.
  4. Feed established shrubs and trees with organic Dynamic Lifter.
  5. Mix some compost or old manure into the soil to get it ready for new roses. If the soil is acidic, mix in some Yates Garden Lime.
  6. Feed lawns with a good quality lawn food such as Dynamic Lifter Organic Lawn Food. Water well to carry the fertiliser down to the roots.
  7. Take pre-chilled bulbs (e.g. daffodil, tulip and hyacinth) out of fridge. Plant into pots or garden beds.
  8. Plant the rest of your spring-flowering bulbs. Bulbs that have the best chance of success in warm climates are freesias, jonquils, ixias and babianas.
  9. Cut back geraniums with spotty, diseased leaves. Spray with Yates Rose Gun Advanced.
  10. Prune and tidy daylilies, Easter daisies, lavender, phlox and other perennials that have finished flowering.

May

  1. A pot filled with garden goodies makes a great Mother’s Day gift. Start with a Yates Tuscan pot and fill it with your favourite Yates products.
  2. Give deciduous fruit trees a clean-up spray with lime sulfur after their leaves fall.
  3. In cool climates move cold-sensitive container plants into a more sheltered position. Spray with Yates Waterwise DroughtShield to protect them from frost.
  4. Collect fallen autumn leaves. They’re ideal for composting.
  5. This is the last-chance month for planting spring bulbs.
  6. Plant sweet peas in warm climates, as there’s still plenty of time.
  7. Purchase new season’s roses early from shops for the best selection. Prepare soil with Yates Garden Lime, Dynamic Lifter pellets and Gypsum Clay Breaker if necessary.
  8. Transplant runners (sideways-growing pieces with some roots) from Couch, Kikuyu or Durban grass lawns to fill bare patches.
  9. Plant citrus in all but frosty areas.
  10. Protect emerging orchid flower spikes with a sprinkling of Blitzem or Baysol snail pellets.

June

  1. Plant new roses. A thick layer of straw around the base will protect the young stems in cold areas.
  2. Prune hydrangeas and take cuttings to grow new plants. Only cut back those stems that flowered last season.
  3. Feed winter vegetables with Thrive Soluble or Aquasol, to keep them growing well.
  4. Spray water generously over frost-sensitive plants, before the sun hits their leaves in the morning. This may help prevent frost burn.
  5. Plant asparagus, bulb-forming shallots and rhubarb crowns.
  6. Plant Lilium bulbs. With their exotic flowers and gorgeous perfume, they are worth a place in any garden.
  7. Reduce watering of indoor plants in winter. Most come from warm climates, so adjust water to room temperature before you begin.
  8. Crabapples and crepe myrtles are both attractive deciduous trees for the smaller garden. They can be planted this month.
  9. Get rid of lawn weeds with a selective weed killer or Yates Weed’n’Feed. Check the label carefully to make sure these products can be applied to your lawn.
  10. Prune sasanqua camellias after flowering has finished.