Garden in spring: ToDos for the start of the new garden season


When winter is coming to an end, there is a lot to do in the garden so that it can wake up from its hibernation and shine in the bloom of flowers in summer.

© Alexander Raths / The new year has started and spring is coming. Hobby gardeners in particular should be happy about this. Because this is also the start of the new gardening season. As soon as the first early bloomers stretch their heads towards the sun, you can start to get your garden back in shape. In addition, there are now various tasks so that you can enjoy a lavish bloom in your garden in summer.

Check garden tools

Before it comes to tidying up the garden and implementing one or the other garden trend, you should take a closer look at your garden tools. Defects can be life-threatening, especially with electrical or motorized equipment such as hedge trimmers, lawn mowers or trimmers. If you find any damage to the housing or the power cable, you should commission a specialist workshop to carry out the repair.

Take a closer look at your other garden tools. If necessary, remove rust and replace rotten or loose wooden handles. Spades, hoe and Co. may not be as sharp as after purchase. So that you can continue to work with it carefree, you should sharpen it again.

Spring Cleaning

© creativefamily / Once you have checked your garden tools and repaired or replaced them if necessary, the real work begins. First of all, you should remove the legacies from the previous year from your garden. Clear beds and dead plants from flower beds and lawns. On the one hand, this serves for the optics and on the other hand, otherwise putrid areas can form and the floor can become acidic.

Tip: If you have frost-protected your plants before winter, you should only remove them when frost is no longer to be expected.

If you have a garden pond, you can also start maintenance in the spring. Feel free to use a landing net to remove contaminants such as algae, leaves or twigs. You can also cut old plants close to the ground and remove any ice-free device that may be present.

Lawn care

Once the lawn has been cleared of leaves, you should mow and scarify your lawn to clear any remaining leaves, moss and plant residues. This means that it is better ventilated and can sprout again.

Tip: If your lawn is still young, i.e. less than three years old, you should better avoid scarifying.

Finally, you can give your lawn a layer of lawn fertilizer to provide it with the necessary nutrients.

Process beds

© M. Schuppich / If not already in autumn, you should loosen compacted and heavy soils in spring. You can also add lime to the soil acidified by the downpours in autumn and winter to neutralize it.

Tip: Some plants, such as rhododenron, prefer acidic soils. Here you should refrain from adding lime.

As soon as the temperatures allow it, you should also remove weeds from the beds. You can also put a layer of compost in the ground. It contains valuable nutrients that are slowly absorbed by your plants.

If the soil is ideally prepared, you can start planting it. Spring is the ideal time to plant fruit and ornamental trees or berry bushes. You can also plant perennials such as asters or chrysanthemums in spring.

Cutting measures

Maintenance cut for the hedge

Most hedges grow more evenly and densely when they are cut back to the desired height and width for the first time in February and a weaker cut of the hedge follows in mid-June. Often, these only drift again in May, so that you can enjoy an accurate and well-kept hedge until then.

Spring-flowering hedges, such as those from spring flowering plants such as forsythia or blood plums, are not allowed to be cut in February. Here you have to wait until these have flowered, otherwise you would reduce the blooming.

Tip: For larger hedges, it is advisable to work with a battery-operated hedge trimmer. This is significantly lighter than equipment operated with petrol and has no annoying cable. An overview of the best cordless hedge trimmers will help you find the right model for you.

Cut back ornamental shrubs and roses

© Friedberg / You should cut back summer-flowering ornamental shrubs such as hibiscus or butterfly lilac in March at the latest - or earlier if possible - at the latest in March. Here they are shoots that had flowers in the previous year, cut short to the ground. In this way, you favor a new shoot of the plant with magnificent flowers.

Ornamental shrubs that bloom in spring may only be cut after flowering. Here it is important to remove the oldest and rotten shoots every two to three years. This creates space for strong young shoots that form buds throughout the year and bloom in the next spring.

When the forsythia begins to bloom, you should start pruning your roses.

Tip: Place the rose shears at an angle when cutting so that no water can remain on the cut. Otherwise there is a risk of rotting.