The Garden Diaries: Queensland in April

View the video

The Garden Diaries: Queensland in April

View the video
×

More D.I.Y. Advice

Cherry Plant

Planting & Growing How to plant and grow a cherry tree Sweet or sour, cherries are a popular summer treat around the world. Lovely and narrow, the cherry tree is suited to areas with cold winters, creating a stunning display of blossom in spring followed by the much-loved fruit.

plant pots 03:15

Planting & Growing How to grow and care for indoor plants For people unable to garden outdoors, growing indoor plants allows them to indulge in a hobby that gives great pleasure.

bird of paradise plant

Planting & Growing How to grow and prune a bird of paradise Hardy, easy to grow and architecturally dramatic with some of the most stunning and bizarre flowers you will ever see—that’s the awesome bird of paradise.

Apple Tree

Planting & Growing How to grow and prune an apple tree Nothing beats the crunch and taste of a fresh apple. So why not grow your own? An apple tree can be so much more than just a fruit tree.

basil

Planting & Growing How to plant grow and harvest basil An attractive garden plant that’s easy to grow and is an essential ingredient in a multitude of dishes. That’s basil!

Bougainvillea

Planting & Growing How to plant grow and prune bougainvillea If you’re looking for a plant with vibrant colours to bring a tropical look to your garden, then you can’t go past bougainvillea.

How to design a herb garden 01:23

Planting & Growing How to design a herb garden Turn your back or front yard into a beautiful, productive space by creating an edible garden that looks good and will tastes even better. For this project, we’re grouping our herbs into three pots – one for tea, one for smoothies and one for cocktai...

Choose a sunny spot and watch 01:40

Planting & Growing How to grow strawberries You’ll love the taste of home-grown strawberries. It’s a great activity the whole family will have fun doing.

In Queensland the middle of autumn is a perfect chance to get busy in your garden. The cooler weather means it’s a great time to head outside and get planting pruning and picking. Here’s a checklist for some things to do in your garden this April.

Hero plant this month: Citrus

This month it’s all about citrus. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tangelos, or limes. There’s a great range in store that will add real value to your garden with pretty blossom and produce. Plant one or why not an entire grove?

Citrus thrive in well-drained soil and love full sun. They are hungry feeders, and require fertilising at least every season. If you need advice on what to use, pop into your local Bunnings and ask the experts there.

If you have a small garden, check out the new range of dwarf citrus varieties that grow perfectly in pots. Just use a premium potting mix that will have added goodies including fertiliser and a soil wetter.

herbs for the garden

What else to plant

With new breeding, there are many new-look native plant options in-store now.  Callistemons, bottlebrushes or grevilleas are great options - select from trees, shrubs or ground covers.  There will be varieties that are sure to grow well in your garden with its soil and micro-climate.

The good news is, growing native flora also attracts native fauna. The birds love them, so keep an eye out for new feathered friends.

It’s also a good time to consider cinerarias, with their large showy foliage. These plants look awesome in the garden, in borders or in pots. Put them in a sunny to partly shaded position.

There’s nothing like eating home grown produce. Plant seedlings of sweetcorn, peas, capsicum and broccoli. A good tip is to stagger planting to maximise harvest at different times.

A person feeding a garden

Maintenance

Planting is great but the key to a really blooming garden is maintenance and preparation. Tidy up the vegie beds and remove any plants that are finished to make way for next season’s planting.

Give your soil a boost with a green manure crop. Think about planting oats or legumes. Once grown, dig them back into the soil to add nutrients and improve structure.

Roses benefit from a feed in April. If you need advice on what to use, come into your local store and see the experts.

Mulching is the garden’s best friend, top up where needed to help the soil retain moisture and suppress weeds. Organic products such as Lucerne, or sugar cane are good choices, which will break down over time and improve the soil.

And finally, once you’ve harvested citrus think about giving the tree a trim if needed to improve its shape.

Mixed fruit and vegetables

Harvest

After all the busy work of pruning prepping and planting, comes the best bit, which is the harvest. Pick the lovely leafy green vegetables such as silverbeet, zucchinis, spring onions as well as tomatoes and capsicums.

Get these jobs done in the garden now, so you can sit back and reap the rewards later.

Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

Assorted fruit and vegetables

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants online or visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to find out how you can bring your garden to life.

pool with moroccan tiles

Planning & Projects Transform your backyard with a new garden bed Well-planned garden beds can give your backyard both structure and beauty, and solve all sorts of tricky problems, from screening out your neighbours to disguising an ugly fence. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

planting an edible garden

Planning & Projects How to build a child-friendly edible garden Creating a child-friendly edible garden is an enjoyable way to get grubby with the kids as well as engaging them with the great outdoors

Garden Tool Storage 01:52

Planning & Projects D.I.Y. garden tool storage rack Garden tools can be tricky to store away neatly because of their size and shape. Find out how to create a garden tool storage rack with this guide from Bunnings.

various artificial plants

Planning & Projects Create an instant artificial garden Get an instant, hassle-free designer garden with Un-Real Artificial plants. Find out here how you can create a beautiful and instant private garden.

How to Make a Terrarium 02:54

Planning & Projects How to make a terrarium Learn how to make a terrarium with this handy guide.

Renovation Basics - Garden 03:28

Planning & Projects How to plan and landscape a garden makeover If you’re thinking about creating a new garden, you can save a lot by doing the project yourself.

Plant growing from coin jar

Planning & Projects Nine plants for good luck around the home The Lunar New Year is a significant part of most Asian cultures. There are many customs and rituals that are celebrated at this time. As part of the customs, there are some plants traditionally associated with the Lunar New Year festival and thought...

Plan out the garden 01:50

Planning & Projects How to create a cottage garden A cottage garden full of flowers and colour brightens every home. This video will help you build one that suits your tastes and needs.

low water garden

Planning & Projects How to create a low-water garden ‘Dry’ or ‘low-water’ gardening is a real art and, when done right, will provide you with an inviting landscape that uses very little water.

Finished artificial green garden wall behind garden bench 02:05

Planning & Projects How to create a green wall using artificial hedge Green walls are all the rage at the moment, but buying and maintaining one can be costly. Why not have a go at creating your own using pieces of artificial hedge – it looks great and will last the distance. Here’s how.

reducing water

How To Save Water How to reduce water usage Whether indoor or outdoor, there are lots of ways to be smart about water usage. And there are some simple actions that can make a big difference to your water bill.

doorbell 02:04

Doors How to install a ring doorbell The Ring video doorbell is a wireless doorbell which allows you to see who is at your front door. Find out how to install the Ring video doorbell yourself.

a tree lit up with solar lights around it 01:46

Garden Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

how to organise your pantry 02:52

Shelving & Storage How to organise your pantry Create an organisational system in your pantry with these handy storage hints. Trust us – its life changing!

front door 01:31

How To Paint How to paint your front door Make an entrance every darn day of the week by painting your front door a bold, enticing colour!

how to hang pictures

Walls The best way to hang pictures on a wall Learn the tricks to hanging your wall decor so it looks good – and doesn’t damage the plasterboard. Create an effortless-looking display by taking the time to consider spacing, proportion, frame styles and colour palettes.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content