“Australians are blessed with a warm climate and experience outdoor winters all year round. However, as the nation prepares for the colder months, certain precautions need to be made to ensure gardens survive and thrive,” says landscape expert and Adbri Masonry ambassador Jason Hodges.

Jason says winter can be a tough time for lawns but through careful preparation, lawns can thrive. Choosing a slow release fertiliser and ensuring lawns are adequately fed throughout autumn will ensure it is in good condition coming into winter. The northeastern part of Australia gets less rain than in the stormy summer months so, for people who live in this area, lawns must be kept hydrated. In the southern parts of the country where there is more rain, watering the lawn can be done as needed.

Choose your plants wisely: Camellias are a great flower to choose for the garden as Camellias will flower for over six months of the year in the right conditions. For potted plants, changing their position in the yard and moving them to an area to capture more sunlight will be most beneficial.

Let there be light: With those short winter days, a well-lit garden is ideal to continue entertaining into the colder months. Lighting can completely change the look and feel of an area – opting for a floodlight that can be specifically directed at an area or festoon lighting adds ambience (look for the IP44 rating for indoor and outdoor use in all conditions).

Warm it up, because no garden is winter ready without a source of heat. Opt for a mobile heater to provide flexibility, or a stylish yet functional fixed strip heater that is perfect for an overhead pergola. Backyard fire pits are becoming increasingly popular too. A fire pit will transform any backyard into a cosy and inviting space, perfect for chilly winter evenings.

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