Prepare your garden for the holidays

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Most hobby gardeners say that their best holiday is in their own garden. Nevertheless, gardening enthusiasts sometimes need a physical distance to everyday life. But the big question is: how does the garden survive this time? The solution to the problem: Prepare your garden in such a way that it will be largely without care for a while. The following measures are useful for this:

lawn care

The lawn should be mowed shortly before departure. But do not use fertilizer so that it does not grow too much in the next two to three weeks. If your lawnmower has a mulching function, you should mulch twice at intervals of a few days before you leave. The grass clippings trickle into the turf and reduce the water loss through evaporation. The irrigation of the lawn can be easily automated with a sprinkler and timer or irrigation computer. If you connect the computer to a soil moisture sensor, the sprinkler will only run when it is really needed. If you drive away more often, it makes sense to install a fixed irrigation system made of pop-up sprinklers and underground supply lines.

Water computer

An irrigation computer supplies the garden with water even when no one is home

vegetable garden

In the vegetable garden, you should also consider your absence for several weeks during the cultivation planning. Lay out the sowing dates of the various plants so that the harvest does not fall into your vacation time. With bush beans, for example, the traditional sowing times are on the 10th of May to July. If necessary, you should simply do without a seed rate.


Cut the withered flowers off all the flowering roses before leaving. Remove the solitary flowers standing alone together with the two upper foliage leaves, the flower clusters of bedding or shrub roses cut off shortly above the topmost leaf. You should not cut once blooming roses with simple blossoms, because they often carry beautiful rose hips in autumn depending on the variety. If you then fertilize the plants, they bloom for the second time when you come back from vacation.

Cut out the dead rose

During the flowering period, cut out some blooms again and again, so that the roses can put their strength into new flowers

Protect shrubs and shrubs from drying out

Before you leave, remove the seeds of perennial species such as the phlox (Phlox), the three-moth flower (Tradescantia) and the columbine (Aquilegia). This will prevent the plants from sowing themselves during your absence and thus displace other perennials over time. You should also apply bark mulch to keep out dryness. It is well tolerated by woody plants, but also by shade and semi-shade perennials and protects more sensitive species such as rhododendrons from drying out.

Balcony and tub plants

Planting in pots and flower boxes is the biggest problem because they need a regular water supply. With water reservoirs or storage mats in the bottom of pots or boxes, you can bridge for a day or two without watering, but in case of prolonged absence, you can not avoid setting up an automatic watering system. Computer-controlled drip irrigation has proven its worth, simply connected to the tap. Since there are hardly any evaporation and runoff losses, the systems are considered to be particularly water-saving. The drip nozzles in the irrigation hoses give the water slowly and metered to the pot bales and can be adjusted depending on the design to different flow rates. If you do not want to install irrigation, you should lower larger potted plants to the garden floor without a pot in a shady place for the time of your absence. Due to the cool temperatures and the moist soil, they are better protected against dehydration.

irrigation system

With an irrigation system balcony and potted plants can be supplied with water even without your presence

Hedges and topiary trees

If possible, cut your hedges before they leave, so that they can regenerate sufficiently until the end of the season. Form shrubs require more frequent pruning depending on the species. They are best brought into shape shortly before departure. If you cover the soil with bark mulch, it remains evenly moist and it does not grow so much weeds.


The harvest time of the different types of fruit can only be influenced by the selection of appropriate early or late varieties. Most of the time, though, it's all down to asking neighbors or relatives to pick up the crop so the many beautiful fruits will not fall off and rot.


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