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3 Gardening Chores To Do In Spring

For many gardeners, spring is the most beautiful time of the year: nature is finally awakening to new life and you can get back to work in the garden. According to the phenological calendar, first spring begins as soon as the forsythia bloom. Full spring is reached when the apple trees open their blossoms. Whether in the kitchen or ornamental garden: We reveal which jobs should definitely be on the to-do list between March and May.

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Which tasks should be high on the gardener's to-do list in March? Karina Nennstiel reveals that to you in this episode of our podcast "Gr├╝nstadtmenschen" - as always "short & dirty" in just under five minutes. Have a listen right now!

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1. Sow vegetables and summer flowers

As soon as the sun has warmed the soil in the garden sufficiently, you can start sowing outdoors. The optimal germination temperature differs depending on the type of plant. Carrots, radishes and lettuce are content with relatively cool temperatures - they can be sown directly in the bed as early as March / April. Among the summer flowers, marigold, nasturtium and gypsophila are suitable for direct sowing in spring. Always pay attention to the sowing times that are stated on the seed sachets.

Species from tropical regions such as tomatoes and cucumbers need a lot of heat to germinate. Basically: Plants that are sensitive to frost and have a long cultivation period are best grown under glass - in the greenhouse, in the cold frame or on the windowsill - so that they can be planted out well. In addition to aubergines, chilli and peppers, this also includes classic balcony flowers such as hard-working lizards or petunias. After the ice saints from mid-May, they come outside.

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2. Cut trees in the garden

The rule of thumb when pruning trees in the garden is: cut summer bloomers in late winter or early spring, spring bloomers such as forsythia or ornamental quince immediately after blooming. The classic pruning of apple, pear and quince is usually done in February / March. With peaches, you can use scissors in spring just before or after flowering. The ideal time to cut roses has come when the forsythias bloom. First, remove dead, damaged and diseased shoots. You can then shorten the more frequently blooming bed and hybrid tea roses. Important: Place the scissors about five millimeters above one eye.

3. Maintain lawn in spring

At the beginning of spring, the lawn also needs the right care in order to get off to a good start again. The first step is to rake off the lawn and remove branches, old leaves and other remnants of winter. The grass grows from a soil temperature of around five degrees - depending on the region, the first cut is usually due in March. Mow the dry lawn to encourage the grass to grow and branch. You can then fertilize the lawn for the first time - preferably with organic slow-release fertilizer. About three to four weeks after fertilizing is the ideal time to scarify the lawn and remove moss and felt. You can then reseed bare spots. Tip: If you want to completely re-sow a lawn or create a flower meadow, it is best to use the seed bag in spring between April and May.

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