In this description you will learn what to do in the garden, and also when. Mainly it refers to the classic ornamental garden. But it must be understood that many operations can be carried out throughout the year. Other works are highly dependent on the weather, so that a binding Garden Calendar cannot exist. As repeatedly emphasized, the state of your plants tell you at which time they need care! All work in the garden year may shift for full month . Therefore, please read also the preceding, and the following month.
Lawn Care: The lawn will now begin to grow slowly and should be treated before the first real growth spurt ( thatching ). Moss and weeds can be considerably reduced by that and the soil is aerated. Overseeding, fertilizing and, if needed, sanding afterwards ist the best care for your lawn in erarly spring. If necessary, the surface can also be completely recreated.
Weeding: The few weeds that now begin to grow should be removed as early as possible. The best measure to avoid it permanently is mulching.
Mulching: Good time to cover the open ground between the plants with mulch. Because now there are hardly any weeds in the flower beds and new ones are prevented. Mulch is also recommended because it also regulates the soil climate. You can mulch at any time throughout the year.
Cuttin grasses: Ornamental grasses are cut in the spring because their cushion-like foliage forms a natural antifreeze. The biological insulation is now redundant and can be cut off. With that space and light is again created for the new shoots.
Repotting potted plants: Good opportunity to repot. At the beginning of the growing season the plants need nutrients again. In fresh potting soil they are plentiful, so that the plant gets a perfect start to the new season. Repotting before winter is not recommended. Since the plants now need their dormancy , they should no longer grow. The reason is that in the winter new shoots cannot be supplied with enough light.
Tubers plants: for example, dahlias, whose tubers were dug out and stored in the cellar, now can be replanted into the ground. For newly purchased tubers, such as Jerusalem artichokes this also takes place.
Rose cut: If not done already in March it can be also done, now.
Water and ponds: If not already done, the water connections can be reactivated by now, becaus ther will be no more frost. Provide hoses and install your pond pump. If necessary remove the remaining sludge in the pond.
Rose cut: From now on withered roses have to be cut continuously. Thus they are forced to form new buds and bloom throughout the year. Pay attention to the juice balance!
Lawn Care: Now the lawn is kept at about 5 centimeters in height. For this purpose you will probably need to mow every week. However this is its optimal plant height. And by the way regular mowing prevents moss and weeds.
Planting and sowing: Until about the middle of May is still the right time. Different seeds come even much later into the ground.
Potted plants: The Ice Saints are over with the 15th May. Even sensitive potted plants can be put out into the open again.
Pruning: Withered early bloomers should now be cut. Plants that drive their buds in the former year, as the Forsythia, Weigela or Deutzia then have enough time until the end of the year to form new flowers for the next spring. Even after a radical cut they will bloom again.
Hedge section: Now the first bud of the plant is finished. A second will follow after the summer heat. Now the hedges will have risen enormously, so that they should be cut. Since they now only grow slowly, the hedges remain in the form over the summer. Before the section- detect if there are any bird nests!
Pest Control: The best time to plant is also the best time for pests. Examine your garden for bite marks, aphids and fungal diseases and buy the right remedy. Pests are immediately treated when they occur. Before it is nonsense. because of the active systems of plant protection products. With that it is a prophylaxis hardly possible. Preventively you can ensure that the plant is getting all the nutrients it needs by watering with natural plant strengtheners. For example nettle tea.
Lawn Care: In addition to mowing, perhaps the lawn in June has to be watered. This is done best in the early morning, because the evaporation rate is the lowest. However, in extremely dry periods, you can cover smaller lawns during the day with bright sheets. This saves huge amounts of water and protects the grass from being burned.
Rose cut: As already explained for the month of May, cut withered roses continuously until late autumn.