Autumn Gardening Tips

Autumn Gardening Tips

After a long hot summer, we’ll start to welcome some cooler temperatures during the first month of autumn and the opportunity to grow and enjoy a wonderful new season of plants.


In The Autumn Vegie Patch

There are lots of tasty vegies you can plant in March. Two favourites are garlic and kale - find out where to plant them and how to care for them.

March Lawn Makeover

Need a new lawn? Your tips to a complete lawn from seed makeover starting with picking the right lawn seed to weed control and soil preparation.

Autumn Citrus Care

How to look after your citrus like mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit this Autumn, and treat common pests and diseases.

Autumn Blooms

It's time to start thinking about spring and planting flowering bulbs like jonquils, hyacinths and freesias or sow foxgloves and hollyhocks seeds.

What's on this month?

  • Head to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens during March to see beautiful roses, begonias, herbaceous borders and annual bedding displays. For further details visit


Autumn Vegie Patch

April is a fantastic time to breathe life into your soil and fill your vegie patch with tasty vegies and herbs that you can enjoy over the cooler months.

Autumn Fruit

Check out what is fruiting in your orchard this April with our citrus care plan, including disease prevention and how to grow your own gourmet quinces.

Lawn Recovery Plan

Tips to help keep your lawn looking fantastic during autumn by reducing lawn diseases bought on by milder temperatures and any rainfall or humidity.

April Blooms

So much colour! Plant in pots or find room in your garden during autumn for beautiful sweet peas, Flanders poppies and dramatic foliage plants.

What's on this month?

  • It’s all happening at the Hamilton Gardens during April! Merge the joy of food and gardens at Feast Waikato from April 2nd to 5th, and then on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April The Friends of Hamilton Gardens are having a plant sale. Visit for further information.
  • Eden Garden is an award winning garden in Auckland, showcasing perennials, vireyas, camellias, bromeliads and native New Zealand plants. Head to for more details.



Full O Fruit

If you're passionate about passionfruit, enjoy Earl Grey tea or freshly picked apples from your own yard, then here's the guide for you!

Festival of Flowers

Autumn is the perfect time to plan your late winter and spring flower show and how to keep your chrysanthemums from Mother’s Day thriving.

It’s Easy Being Green!

Late autumn is still a fabulous opportunity to sow and grow so many delicious vegies such as silverbeet and broad beans. It’s time to get growing!

Whack Those Weeds

Some tips for treating broadleaf lawn weeds like clover, thistles and dandelions in Autumn that can hold back your lawn's potential for later in the year.

What's on this month?

  • Grow Ō Tautahi – Christchurch Garden Festival is a (free to attend) vibrant, contemporary garden festival showcasing creativity, innovation and the region’s love of gardens, design and outdoor living. 9am to 6pm, Friday 20 to Sunday 22 May. For more info go to Grow Ō Tautahi Garden Festivals' facebook page.
  • The Great Pumpkin Carnival in Hamilton runs at the end of March each year. Over the years the carnival has evolved to include more categories to enter, things to see and do, and more fun for the whole family - such as Pumpkin Racing & NZ's first Pumpkin boats. The Great Pumpkin Carnival is currently the home of the heaviest pumpkin ever grown in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere, weighing 808kg.