BY CAMILIA DU PLOOY
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons to look forward to with its golden, brown and red blanket of dried leaves falling from trees. Crisp mornings enjoying a cup of coffee while taking in the scent of fresh air when strolling through your garden and noticing that the colour green is slowly turning into the colour of hibernation.
“It is important to keep in mind that your gardening should not stop over the autumn and winter months, in fact autumn is the time to prepare the garden for winter, as well as getting it ready for the following spring” says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa. “A garden, being a relatively inexpensive item to 'fix', does make a big difference when putting your property on the market as first impressions always lasts, and a beautiful garden immediately makes new homeowners feel like they can live here” Craig added.
Your beautiful garden plants will most probably get destroyed by the frost in winter (depending on your location) if precautions aren't taken to protect them. The only way to prevent this from happening is by going out to the nearest nursery and purchasing some hessian and some stakes. By wrapping your tender trees stems you can protect them as this serves to act like a scarf protecting your throat from catching a cold. Cover all the tropical plants, especially large leaf plants such as the giant strelitsia and the tree fern for example. This, together with some mulch around the roots, will keep these precious plants nice and snug through all the frosty autumn and winter nights. Mulch is the shredding of leaves, sticks, grass and bark, any material placed over soil in the garden to help retain moisture and stop soil from eroding. Mulch also enriches the existing soil and should be layered 5cm to 10cm thick.