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A collection of five citrus trees growing in plant pots, one lime tree, two lemon trees and two orange trees
Autumn in South Australia is an excellent time to be in the garden. It's all about getting things ready for winter as well as next spring. So here are a few tips to get you going.

Hero plant this month: Citrus

April is good time to be planting as the soil is still warm. This month the focus is on citrus. There are plenty of varieties to choose from such as lemons, limes, tangelos and oranges.

Why not put at least one citrus in the garden as a feature for its glossy foliage and fragrant flowers and of course the produce? And if you've got room, consider planting a grove! Plant in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Citrus are heavy feeders and will need fertilising at least every season. For advice about what to use, pop into your local Bunnings and see the garden experts.

For smaller spaces and pots, the smaller growing dwarf varieties produce great results as well. Use a premium quality potting mix as it will have added fertiliser and soil wetter.

A close up of garlic cloves

What else to plant

Autumn is a good time to add a pop of colour to your flower beds with some beautiful annuals. Pansies, violas, lobelia and primulas pack a punch with their floral displays.

And your garden doesn't have to just look great, it can taste good and be productive too! Think about investing in some edibles. Carrots, leeks, garlic and celery are good to go in now.

A good tip: As companions, garlic near peas or beans don't get along, so don't plant them next to each other.

A Bunnings team member watering the garden with a hose

Maintenance

Now that the weather is cooler it's a great time to be out in the garden getting your hands dirty.

Autumn is all about pruning so trim evergreen shrubs to promote growth and cut back any herbaceous perennials that need it.

Add a complete fertiliser to your garden beds and vegies to give the plants a boost.

Don't forget the lawn, patch up any dead patches with new grass seed and give it a help with some fertiliser.

Finally, keep an eye on weeds. The wetter weather will bring them up, so pull them out when they're young and before they've had a chance to set seed.

Chives, parsley, rosemary, peas, celery and lettuce

Harvest

Autumn means bounty from the patch. Asian greens, lettuce, peas and celery should be ready for the table and keep picking herbs such as chives, parsley and rosemary to use in cooking and encourage new growth on the plants.

April is the best time to be in the garden. Get into the jobs now, and you'll 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.

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.

 

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