Keen gardeners (from left) EJ, Grace and Flynn Weilenmann with parsley they potted themselves at Bunnings Warehouse in Maroochydore yesterday.
Keen gardeners (from left) EJ, Grace and Flynn Weilenmann with parsley they potted themselves at Bunnings Warehouse in Maroochydore yesterday. Iain Curry

Autumn is the perfect time to get in garden and get dirty

FORGET the rain, it is time to pull on the gumboots and get into the garden to pave the way for a flower-speckled spring.

After all, there is plenty of careful planning behind every brightly coloured petal in a garden bed.

To get green thumbs on track, Bunnings Warehouse Maroochydore is hosting autumn garden events this weekend.

Bunnings expert team members shared their helpful hints yesterday on what residents should do this month to prepare the garden for spring.

Bunnings nursery manager Tony Todd said autumn was an ideal time to get the garden ready for spring during the dry months.

"It is a good time to start pruning back, suppressing the weeds and starting fresh to establish for spring," Mr Todd said.

"People should make sure they follow up with a small amount of fertiliser because of the rain we've been having, the plants will be suffering.

"For the plants you already have, it is time to re-mulch, prune, clean up and use a small amount of fertilisers to keep moisture in the soil.

"Autumn is a perfect time to start planning, but with the heavy rain, it's not a good idea to get among the garden and disturb the soil.

"Use this time to get the ideas together, get your plants together and get ready for spring time."

The garden events continue today with plenty of chances to ask questions and there are activities for the kids.

 

Autumn best

  • Azaleas
  • Bedding flowers such as pansies and violets to add colour in pots
  • Time to plant fruit trees to establish before spring starts


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