There is no better time to roll your sleeves up and get out in your garden than autumn. The weather has cooled down a bit, but it’s not so cold that you have to don the puffer jacket and gloves. It really is a perfect time, and there’s plenty you can do in autumn to keep you busy.

The soil is still warm enough to grow new plants, and you can also start preparing your garden for the winter by pruning everything back to ensure your plants are ready for the frosty mornings, windy afternoons and wet weeks of winter.


Here are a few tips to get you started:

Get Trimming

A few branches, flowers and even plants will have died away during the heat of summer, so use this period to remove the dead. Not only will this make for a more appealing backyard, but it will also ensure no stray branches are picked up during a heavy wind and thrown into your property. Smaller plants are also hardier, meaning they’ll make it through even the frostiest of mornings.

Start Building Some Garden Beds

Garden beds are more than just a home for plants; they are a design element in their own right. The beauty of this design element is that it grows with you – if you go through a Japanese phase plant a Zen garden; if you’ve been on a trip to Mexico, fill one bed with yuccas. The choice is yours!

Create a Backyard Supermarket

Nothing is more satisfying than growing your own food, which is why every Aussie backyard should have a veggie patch. Australians are blessed with some of the best weather in the world, and you can start planting roots, herbs and leafy vegetables in autumn. If you get started now, you could be adding spinach, parsley, thyme, garlic, oregano and green beans to your meals by winter!

Make Your Dreams Come True

Stop waiting to build that dream feature in your backyard, do it now. By adding an alfresco area, a patio or a pergola to your garden, you will increase the value of your home, and expand how you can use it. Your backyard will become a living area, not just a patch of dirt sitting outside your back door.

Get Your Lawns Ready

The best way to ensure green, healthy lawns is to fertilise them twice a year. There’s no better time to do this than autumn because it will protect your grass throughout the winter by filling it with the nutrients it needs to fight off frost. You can also mow your lawns a bit shorter, to save you from trudging around on those cold mornings.


Autumn is a great time for gardening and landscaping. It’s not too hot and not too cold, which means there are no excuses for not giving your backyard the attention it deserves. If you put in the work now, you’ll save yourself from a lot of work during the winter months.


Tips kindly provided by Everlast Services. Click here to download a printable PDF.


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