Horticulturalist, landscape designer and Adbri Masonry ambassador Jason Hodges shares his top tips on how to keep your garden great as the cooler months set in.
Build a solid foundation
Does your garden turn into a soggy mudslide at the first sight of rain? Creating shelter and solid ground are the first steps to consider when winter-proofing your garden.
A paved area outside ensures there’s a lovely spot for everyone to gather. Picture: Adbri
Consider laying down paving, building a deck or creating a pergola so that you can enjoy a space that is an extension of your house – and one that you’ll love spending time in with family and friends.
Just don’t forget to add in drainage so that any excessive rainfall has somewhere to go.
Love your lawn
Lawns are often forgotten about when it comes to winter, but Jason says the cooler months are actually some of the most important for grass care.
Water your lawn regularly if the rainfall isn’t sufficient and feed it some slow-release fertiliser throughout autumn to ensure it’s healthy and in good condition.
Don’t forget to feed your lawn in the cooler months. Picture: Adbri
You’ll know the grass is thirsty if you see the leaves starting to curl or the appearance of dry spots, explains Jason.
Choose plants wisely
If you need to pick some new plants for your garden due to a renovation or redesign, Jason suggests camellias: “They will flower for over six months of the year in the right conditions”.
Take this opportunity to make sure your potted plants are in the best position to get as much sun as possible.
If you’re looking for a bloom that’ll last most of the year, then you can’t go past camellias. Picture: Getty
Light it up
Just because the days don’t last as long at this time of year doesn’t mean you have to give up your outdoor entertaining areas.
Adding some lighting to the space will dramatically improve its ambience, whether it’s a floodlight or festoon lighting.
“Outdoor lighting allows us to create an atmosphere for different purposes, from late night dinners to nights by the fire pit,” says Jason.
Read more: Outdoor lighting ideas
Few things are as satisfying in the cooler months than enjoying the warmth of a fire, which is backyard fire pits are becoming increasingly popular inclusions in Aussie backyards.
A fire pit can liven up any outdoor space. Picture: Adbri
They’re a great feature and require less maintenance than you think, says Jason. Concrete blocks built up around the fire will also add an element of safety, ensuring your family is always a safe distance away from the flames.
“The ambience a fire pit brings is worth the investment alone, providing an enjoyable feature for the garden and a natural gathering spot for socialising and entertaining. It’s a great focal point; I like to describe it as nature’s TV and people are naturally drawn to the campfire-like atmosphere,” explains Jason.