1. To Do: Pruning of perennials and grasses
Gone are the days when grasses and perennials were neatly pruned before winter, leaving behind an empty, bleak garden. They provide structure to the garden even in their dried state, offer shelter for insects over the winter, and their seed heads look simply beautiful with a little snow on them. This way, the garden retains its charm even in the cold season.
While it was possible to relax and let the garden be in the fall, the time for spring cleaning arrives at the end of February/beginning of March (depending on the region) - the new gardening year begins!
Before the strong new growth of the plants, everything should be trimmed back. Otherwise, there is a risk of damaging the young growth.
It would be optimal to collect the clippings in one spot in the garden until April and to only shred it later. This way, nesting insects have the opportunity to start into spring relaxed. The accumulated cuttings, preferably without seed heads and weeds, can then be further processed into mulch with a shredder.
Which mulch is suitable for what?
Depending on what exactly you shred, you can use the resulting mulch for different applications:
- You can use coarser mulch from larger prunings, for example, as frost protection for plants or for clean walkways. It also protects the soil from drying out and reduces weed growth.
- Shredded material from stems and leaves is well-suited as fertilizer for beds.
For shredding, we use the Einhell electric knife shredder GC-KS 2540 CB. With the practical collection box located directly under the shredder, distribution is even easier. It holds up to 55 liters of shredded material.
If you want the shredded material to decompose optimally in the compost, a roller shredder such as the electric silent shredder GC-RS 60 CB is also recommended. This essentially crushes the branch and breaks down the fiber, thereby accelerating the decomposition process.
It should also be noted that the beds should ideally be free of weeds before mulching. Those who are diligent in removing weeds in February or March usually benefit from it throughout the year.