Your garden should be the place where you go when the sun first shines. It should be a comfortable place where you can relax and which also reflects a part of your personality. To realise this, we will give you a few tips so you know for sure you will make the right choice and that’s of course nice.

Healthy soil

Make the soil healthy and fertile by shovelling in compost, iron sulphate, mulch or manure. Do not use too much fertiliser: this will make plants weak and vulnerable. Only fertilise your garden in spring, when everything starts to grow and flower again. Make your own compost heap by recycling all the (pruning) waste from your garden. A lawn needs fertilising twice a year. Regular mowing keeps your grass nice and healthy. Also think about scarifying, this is optimal for a healthy lawn and soil. Regularly removing weeds also will help you stay on top of things. Perennials and ground covers create an opaque foliage cover and reduce weed problems. Or cover the ground between plants and shrubs with cocoa shells or tree bark. When getting your garden ready for winter, this can be done a lot more plant and animal friendly. Instead of cutting up your whole garden and sweeping it clean, you can provide a safe place for the winter. It is better to put off many pruning jobs until after the winter. The plants are then better able to withstand the cold and you offer animals a place to hide.

Cutting

Are there perennials in your garden? If so, you will notice that many of them have dead wood after the winter. It is not only necessary to cut away these branches, a lot of plants need a so-called ‘cutting back’ in the spring. A deep pruning will not only make your plants look more beautiful, it will also make them grow more ‘vertically’. If you have climbing roses in your garden, make sure that they are also pruned back above the fifth eye. You do not need to take care of the main branches. Is there also ivy and/or pollard willow in your garden? These plants can also use some pruning. Also make sure to give all your plants and trees enough space. If they do not have enough space, they can grow to become unhealthy. This is, of course, the last thing you want in your beautiful garden.