With the heat of Summer officially behind us for now, and the autumn colours beginning to make an impact on some of the trees in our neighbourhood, the arrival of April this weekend and the extended Easter weekend in a few weeks is an ideal time to prepare your garden for the change of season…whether you plan on selling in the near future or not.
So, for those who are keen to be productive in preparing an attractive Autumn garden, here’s a few timely tips on what you can do in April.
Feed your lawns
Most gardeners will tell you that lawns should be fertilised twice a year to keep them looking green and healthy all year round. Fertilising in Autumn will help protect your lawn through the coming winter.
Mulch your garden beds
We’re sure you’ve heard it all before, but mulch really is your garden’s best friend. Not only does it keep down the weeds, but it helps the soil retain moisture so you don’t have to water as often. Mulch also breaks down over time and adds nutrients to your soil.
If you’re keen to add a splash of colour to your garden, particularly if you are considering a Spring sale and want to make an impact on potential buyers, planting bulbs in Autumn is a great way to achieve that. Bulbs can add an amazing array of colours to your environment, and are generally very easy to grow in a position that gets reasonable sunlight.
Trim your trees
There are lots of different reasons to prune trees. You can improve the appearance and health of your trees, clear away dead or dying branches, and promote growth in certain species like fruit trees.
Speaking of fruit trees
Autumn is also a good time to plant fruit trees. Ideally you will have a spot that offers full sun, decent drainage and room to expand, but don’t forget that there are now lots of varieties that are designed to grow along fences or in smaller spaces.
Make use of your scraps
Many gardeners overlook the value of setting up your own compost bin. Compost is a natural fertiliser that is not only good for your garden, but it can save you money as well. With so many trees beginning to drop their leaves, Autumn is a great time to start making compost, and you can add lots of kitchen scraps as well.
Gardening with a sale in mind
Don’t forget, if you’re thinking about improving your garden in preparation for a sale, and you’re interested in getting more helpful tips on maximising your sale, you can download our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed” while you’re here on Ian Reid’s Vendor Advocacy Australia website.