The garden in April: Fertilizing with sensitivity
Winter is over and nature is unstoppable. Those who fertilize properly now give their plants a powerful start to the summer.
In April, it is green and blooming. Hobby gardeners suddenly find themselves in the middle of gardening. The main focus should now be the lawn. In summer, life takes place outside and the lawn serves as a perfect base for sunbathing, ball games and barbecues. Therefore, before the season starts, the green deserves some advance laurels.
The Times Table of the Perfect Green
After the long winter, a high-quality, long-term fertilizer provides the lawn with the right nutrient compounds to re-nourish. Two to three weeks after fertilizing, it is worth cutting the grass very short and then scarifying the surface. Moss and dead plant parts are removed, the turf is aerated. At first glance, the lawn looks torn and battered. However, the scarification pays off later on with particularly dense lush green and weed-free turf.
By the way, not only does the spring have a spring cure. Even the lawnmower needs an inspection now. An oil change, a fresh air filter and a sharpened knife make for unrestricted enjoyment of gardening.
Not much helps
Plants absorb fertilizer mainly during the growing season in spring and summer - more specifically, from the beginning of shoot to the end of shoot. At this time fertilization makes sense. In the past, the nutrients are not absorbed, and later good growth conditions prevent the lignification of the plants. In other words, shoots that are susceptible to frost and can be dangerous for the plant in the fall continue to be formed.
The trade provides organic as well as artificial fertilizers for different plants and every purpose. No matter which product you choose, you can only dope the fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions. In case of over-fertilization, the roots dry out because the salts extract water from them on average. This leads to so-called burning.
For crops, organic fertilizer that is harmless to health is suitable. Mulch of shredded plants and grass clippings is distributed around the grown plantlets at this time. It composts quickly to valuable humus. In addition, mulch avoids the washing out of nutrients from the earth by rain. For roses, rhododendrons and hydrangeas coffee grounds are suitable, dried and mixed under the ground - especially healthy. Positive side effect: plants that have been fertilized with coffee grounds are less frequently attacked by snails and other pests.