is a quieter time in the garden, but there are things you can do to
prepare for spring and summer.
irrigation to garden beds which will assist in delivering water to where
it is needed; dripper systems are currently approved for water restriction
Apply mulch to
garden beds to assist with weed control, evaporation and to keep the
ground temperature somewhat more stable through winter and summer.
the pruning and fertilising until it warms up a little, otherwise the
new growth following pruning and fertilising may be damaged by frost.
Even dead foliage may protect newer more frost-sensitive growth or shoot
tips, however, diseased vegetation may be removed.
plants; if you have them in pots move them to a warmer location such
as under a verandah or eave.
If you intend to
develop a new landscape, winter may be a good time to do it as the physical
work will warm you up and at the same time you won't need to worry about
weeds, watering and maintaining other areas as much as you would in
the warmer growing seasons.
Take time to enjoy
some of the flowers in the native garden, including some of the Banksia,
Crowea, Correa, Hakea, Eremophila, and Xerochrysum etc. With
these plants in flower over the winter months the birds and bees will
be visiting your garden.
October and November
appropriate fertiliser for specific plants well before summer. There
are various products with water crystals that you may wish to apply
at planting time to assist plants through the summer period and probable
Depending on conditions,
weeds will start to grow, so constantly control those weeds; a 'little
and often' approach will mean weeds will not have a chance to set seed
or spread stolons or rhizomes too far.
As you would be
aware, many Australian plants can be propagated from spring onwards.
Due to the current
drought and water restrictions much of our gardening is focused on managing
and maintaining what we have in place. Many residents are changing their
gardens to suit these conditions, i.e. reducing lawn areas and planting
more drought-tolerant plants. Many of our Australian plants can be used,
including various Banksia, Grevillea, Callistemon, Dianella, Acacia,
Eucalyptus, Corea, Themeda and Poa spp.
The above is general
information only; more information should be obtained on specific plant
species, propagation methods, fertiliser types, etc.
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