Gardening is a wonderful hobby, getting you out in nature and improving the quality of the food on your plate. Nevertheless, there is a lot to learn and gathering the necessary experience can take years. To get you started quicker, we've put together a few tips. Try them out and save yourself several years of mistakes.
Support your plants
If a strong wind blows up, the next day you'll curse yourself for not buying enough supports. So keep an eye on the forecast and buttress your plants against the wind.
Plants need space in order to thrive. So always plan for this, and allow each and every plant to unfold its full splendour. You can correct mistakes that have already been made by moving your perennials in late autumn or spring.
Do I need more plants?
Don't go to a nursery if you don't have space for new plants. Otherwise, you will soon have a crowded garden and the space you reserved for your plants to expand will be swallowed up.
The calming effect of water
You're missing out if you don't have water in your garden. A quiet, even splash creates an extremely relaxing atmosphere that, once noticed, you will never want to do without. So get yourself a circulation pump, sink a basin, add water and enjoy pure relaxation.
If you want birds to settle in the bird boxes that you've hung in your garden, then consider one important fact: Birds only settle if you are not constantly present. No matter how many bird boxes you can hang up, if you are in the garden all the time, the birds will be scared away.
Don't let yourself be lulled
Rose beetles are beautiful, but don't let that lull you into a false sense of security. These pests arise from fat larvae, which are irresistible to burrowing animals. And they won't take the beauty of your garden into account when digging into the soil.
Mow the lawn
Grass clippings are incredibly versatile. You can mulch with it, cover unsightly areas of the ground and give animals protection. In addition, lawn clippings keep the soil moist and make the soil permeable. And if you have too much of it, it will turn into fertiliser on the compost heap.
Cut the lawn one last time
With winter approaching, cut the lawn one last time. If the grass is too long, diseases may develop between the stalks over the winter - and you'll regret it come spring. So a final mow in October saves your garden for the following year.