The seasons roll around inexorably, and before you know it, those autumn leaves are starting to fall. If you have a garden to look after, this is the ideal time to take action as you prepare not just for the winter ahead, but for the following spring as well. What should you be thinking about so that you are proactive about new growth and sustainability?

Water, Anyone?

Summertime in Australia can be brutal, and it's not the ideal time to be pottering around in the garden too much. It may have been particularly dry this time, but thankfully most areas are now likely to encounter some rain to help add moisture to the ground. This is a time to increase the amount of water that you apply in certain circumstances and not to rely simply on what Mother Nature appears to be providing. It's easy to forget about those hot and dry days at this time, but your soil may require some additional tender loving care to be in the best condition for the next season.

Planning Ahead

Many people think that springtime is the season to focus on new growth, but you will need to plant your perennials, shrubs and trees in the autumn so that they can go through their gestation period properly. Make sure that you prepare the soil carefully first, though, and you may have to introduce soil conditioners and fertiliser before you consider planting anything.

If you do this properly, anything that you plant now will be able to set down roots before starting to hibernate in winter. This means that when spring does reappear, all of your plantings will be more than ready to provide substantial new growth and the splash of colour you are looking forward to.

Choosing the Correct Fertiliser

You will undoubtedly have to invest in some fertiliser for both the soil and your lawn as you help everything to recover from summer extremes. Make sure that you choose the right type of fertiliser for your location, with the correct balance of minerals, such as potassium and calcium. This will help to ensure that your plantings survive the winter and are resistant to any disease or fungus that may materialise. You may also have been used to adding fertiliser to the lawn in summer, but you may well need to adjust the ratio of minerals for the autumn and winter.

Doing It the Right Way

It's a good idea to talk with experts to make sure that you prepare the ground properly, choose the right type of fertiliser and go through the proper steps, so that everything can survive during winter and thrive in the spring. Contact a company like Mirco Bros to learn more.