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Autumn Gardening Tips

Autumn Gardening Tips

While it may seem tempting to curl up on the couch on chilly days, autumn can be a great time to get out in your garden before winter sets in. Below are four tips to help care for your garden over autumn.

1. Make a vegetable patch

Although autumn may seem to be the wrong time of year to be planting in your garden, many plants actually thrive over the cooler months, including some great winter veggies. Planting cabbage, broccoli, celery and leeks in autumn, can provide you with fresh ingredients for hearty meals as the weather gets colder. Cultivating a vegetable patch is also a great way to get your kids involved in the garden. It teaches them the benefits of growing your own vegetables and they'll love getting their hands dirty.

2. Plant colour for autumn, and plan for spring

Autumn is also a great time to plant colourful blooms such as pansies and paper daises, so that when winter rolls around, they are in full bloom and your garden has a warming splash of colour. You can also plan for spring in autumn. April to May is the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and freesias.

3. Get on top of your pruning

Pruning shrubs, bushes and trees is another important gardening task in autumn. Pruning plants encourages new growth, and can help to shape trees, and prevent long branches from breaking. Pruning can also give your garden a neater look throughout winter when branches are often bare.

4. Cover up with mulch

Covering your soil with mulch will stop it from eroding, keep it moist and prevent weeds from growing. This means less work for you! If you are inclined, you may even consider making your own compost, using food scraps from the kitchen to add extra nutrients to your soil. Compost is an inexpensive way to make sure your soil stays healthy all year round.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 13/05/2015 at 2:38 PM | Categories: Around the house -

Rate cut will further encourage property market

Century 21, the largest real estate sales organisation in the Asia Pacific region, believes the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut the official cash rate to two per cent is likely to further encourage the Australian property market as buyers continue to have access to cheap debt.

"It appears that the Reserve Bank may have seen signals in the economy that merit this action despite the continued strength of real estate in many locations and associated sectors," said Century 21 Australasia chairman and owner, Charles Tarbey.

"It may come as a surprise to some people but Century 21 does not support the cut rate. We prefer a stable and growing property market as opposed to a market fuelled by low rates and extremely high levels of buyer and investor interest.

"As most investors rely on access to debt and equity growth from their portfolios to fund new acquisitions - many in this group may be looking for new purchases over the coming months in light of market conditions," said Charles Tarbey.     

In their announcement, the Reserve Bank noted the decline in commodity prices over the past year and the fall in Australia's terms of trade.

Century 21 encourages potential buyers who are looking to purchase real estate to ensure they have obtained the appropriate professional property and finance advice before doing so.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 06/05/2015 at 11:54 AM | Categories: