Start of the garden season in March: time for a spring cleaning
If the Days finally get longer, the thermometer climbs up and the first migratory birds come back into the country, it itches many garden owners in the fingers. You want to spend more time outside again. That's why you should use March to wake up your home-away-from-hibernation hibernation and treat it to spring cleaning. Now you can lay the foundations for your garden to bloom lushly in the summer and attract a large number of birds, giving you a haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But which works are in the garden in March? And how can you eliminate the traces of winter? In this Heimhelden.de guide you will get answers to these questions.
First work in the garden can be done in March
As soon as the temperatures rise for the first time in the new year, the nature wakes up from their hibernation , You can see that in your garden too. However, there is still a lot to do after the cold winter, before your garden really turns into a green and thriving oasis.
The right time to start working depends on the weather. In principle, gardening enthusiasts can start when the temperatures at night are no longer permanently in the minus range and the earth is no longer frozen. Ideally, the soil should have dried off a few warm sunny days.
This is usually the case in the middle to the end of March. The following tasks can now be performed:
- Clear the lawn and the beds from the last fall leaves and discard it on the compost.
- Remove the weeds from the beds.
- Loosen up the soil Rake a bit to make the supply of air and water better.
Then you can also supply the beds with fertilizer, so that the plants growing in them receive all the necessary nutrients for the new shoot.
Cut shrubs and roses
March is perfect for pruning summer flowering shrubs like panicle hydrangea, butterfly lilac or hibiscus. So you stimulate the renewal of the plants and ensure a magnificent flowering. Even rose bushes can usually be shortened at the end of March. The right time is when the forsythia is in full bloom. The scissors should be sharp and clean, otherwise there is a risk of infection or pest infestation at the interfaces. You should also always set the scissors at an angle when pruning. This prevents water from accumulating on the interface, which could lead to rot.
In addition, March is ideal for scarifying the lawn. It's best to choose one day during a dry period. The top layer of earth should be dried off. By scarifying, you remove dead plant parts and moss reliably from the meadow, so that the other grasses again a better air exchange is possible. In addition, the lawn can absorb the water and fertilizer much better after scarifying. This ensures that the lawn stays healthy and grows splendidly.
Suitable scarifiers can be found, for example, in the online shop of mein-schoener-garten.de. In addition to manual devices, electric and petrol scarifiers are also offered there. No matter which device you use: Be careful not to place the scarifier too low on the ground. Ideally, the knives should touch the earth only slightly. Otherwise, the turf roots may be damaged.
Remove the mulch layer
A layer of mulch protects your plants well from frost in winter. Even from early summer, the mulch layer can also preserve soil moisture. However, you should remove the mulch layer in March. This helps to keep the floor warming up in less time. This is recommended especially under fruit trees: Since the heat radiation of the soil is released unhindered in cold spring nights, the tree blossoms that are above it, can be saved from frostbite.
Give the floor a treat
The soil is the basis of life for all trees, bushes and flowers. Your garden will only shine in lush greenery and be enchanting with magnificent flowers, if the conditions in the soil are optimal. Therefore, you should thoroughly dig up and loosen the beds in March. This improves the ventilation, making it easier to absorb rainfall. Remove also weeds and old leaves. In addition, you can incorporate fertilizer or compost to give the soil new nutrients.
Repot potted plants
You can not dig up pots and window boxes. Therefore, it is recommended to replace the earth completely here with new ones. Over time, germs can form in the pot. In addition, nutrients that are not consumed evenly by the plants accumulate due to frequent fertilization. As a result, the soil would become saline, causing damage to the plant's roots. Yet they do not have to throw away the old earth. Simply compost them with other materials and mix the compost with sand and new soil after a few years.
You can use this mixture again for your window boxes or flowerbeds.
Hang the Nesting Box
The chirping of the birds is inseparable from spring for most people. The songbirds enrich your oasis of peace both visually and acoustically. In addition, they prove useful against harmful insects, snails and beetles. It is best to hang a nesting box to provide the animals with a nesting place. If you do not want to buy a nesting box, you can build it yourself. A construction manual can be found on the website of the NABU.
The nesting box should be stably mounted on a tree at a height of two to five meters.
Ideally, the opening points to the southeast. Then the clutch of birds is optimally protected from the weather.
In March, not only in the house, but also in the garden, a spring cleaning is on. It is necessary for the garden to flourish and flourish in the summer and become a real haven of peace. Pending work is, for example, scarifying the lawn, pruning the ornamental plants and digging the beds.
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