Terrace and balcony: The best tips in December


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In permafrost is a tidy cover for potted roses as winter protection advisable. First, place the bucket on a shady wall to protect the rose from the winter sun. The roots and the processing point must be protected from frost and dehydration. Strew the rose about 15 to 20 centimeters high with soil. Then wrap the pot with bubble wrap to form a buffer layer. On the outside, the jar is wrapped in jute or bamboo mats, which are tied with a rope. As an alternative to the bubble wrap, the gap can also be filled with straw or leaves. Between the shoots, you can also pin needles. In frost-free periods, pour occasionally to prevent it from drying out.

Help against scale insects

If it is too warm in winter quarters, potted plants can easily become mildew lice. If you do not want to use sprays, remove most of the animals with a rough sponge or a worn-out toothbrush. Then dissolve 20 milliliters of spirit and soft soap in one liter of water and spray the branches dripping wet. Repeat as necessary.

Pick up pottery

Not all clay pots are frost resistant: the water penetrates into fine cracks, expands, and the pots burst or the glaze bursts. Therefore, you should keep empty planters made of clay and terracotta in the house. Clay amphorae, which are used as water features, should also be kept frost-free with the pump at the beginning of winter.

Clean clay containers

When the last autumn warmth warps, clay pots should be cleaned and given

Olive trees overwinter

Olive trees in pots should be brought to a bright but cool location before winter breaks, ideally at an average temperature of around ten degrees. This can be the hallway, but also a well-insulated greenhouse and an unheated conservatory. Be sure to keep the soil evenly moist in the months to come. Do not water the plants too often over winter. Only in the spring, when the new growth begins, you should increase the watering of the popular container plant again.

Needle dwarfs for the pot

Compact conifers also thrive in pots and plant troughs. If you want to keep the trees permanently in the bucket, you should consider the height of growth in your age when buying. Because many trees, which are offered as small potted plants, reach after a few years proud proportions. Cushion spruce 'Little Gem' and dwarf cypress, balsam fir or dwarf pine remain permanently compact. Even in old age, they do not grow larger than 50 to 100 centimeters. Important: Protect from winter sun (for example with fleece) and water on frost-free days.

Christmas trees

Decorated with Christmas decorations, the robust evergreens take center stage in December.

Moving on time: flowerbeds as a winter location

The details of the winter hardiness of individual plants always refer to planted specimens. Perennials and woody plants in the pot are generally frost-sensitive. To get through the winter well, protect the vessels with suitable material from freezing. Alternatively, dig in the plants and pot in the garden soil. This is a half-shady, in evergreens a shady spot on a cleared bed. Here the ground is loose and there are no roots in the way when digging. Lift the hole so deep that you can sink the plant to the edge of the pot. In early spring, they bring you back to the terrace.

Compost balcony flowers

The summery flowers in the balcony box is finally over. The balcony flowers can be added to the compost together with the potting soil. Cut the root balls with a hoe or a spade before composting so that they rot well.

Install frost guard

If you hibernate delicate potted plants such as the rose marshmallow (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) and the angel trumpet in the cold house or in the garage, you must ensure that it remains frost-free there even in freezing cold. It is best to install a frost guard that will automatically switch on and keep the temperature above freezing.

Frostguard in winter quarters

A frost guard watches over the young plants in winter quarters

Pour potted plants

The pollen of winter hardy, evergreen potted plants such as boxwood, mahonia or spindle shrub (Euonymus) should not dry out in winter. The leaves evaporate at mild temperatures even in the cold season water and dry easily. Therefore, you should also water these plants in winter.

Winter salad in the flower box

Empty, cleared flower boxes can be greened during the winter months with frost-hard salads, which can be harvested bit by bit. Well suited are lamb's lettuce and winter sports. Both are undemanding in the care.For the multiple harvest, do not cut the leaf rosettes of lamb's lettuce too close to the ground. Winter portulac, also called Postelein, produces delicate, crisp leaves from November to April. They are mild in taste and the flowers are a pleasure. Cut off the petioles about one centimeter above the ground. Keep your heart down so that the winter athlete can regrow. If the frost persists, cover the salads with fleece.

Lamb's lettuce

Corn salad and purslane grow in the balcony box even in winter

Holiday with the gardener

Anyone who has no opportunity to winter his potted plants properly, now best inquires directly at his nursery. For a rent that varies depending on plant size, duration and maintenance, more and more companies are offering a professional wintering service. On ihre-gaertnerei.de you will find a nationwide overview under "Wintering".

Clearing and spreading

In order to avoid falls and accidents, there is clearing and spreading duty in Germany. On smaller areas such as garden paths or on the terrace, winter sprinkling can be easily spread out with a handspray container. Suitable materials are sand or grit. Distributing salt is not recommended as it damages the soil and pollutes the environment. The private use of de-icing salts is now prohibited in many cities and communities. As a precaution, inform your local public order office about the legal situation.

snow shovel

It is best to remove large amounts of winter splendor with a snow shovel

cold Weather

Marble windowsills do not store heat, put polystyrene plates under the pots, sensitive plants otherwise get cold feet.

Renew terrace joints

All plants and the garden furniture are sintered? The perfect opportunity to renew the joints of the decking. If you have problems with weed growth on your patio, you should use a special synthetic resin mortar. There are a variety of water-permeable or impermeable products in specialist shops, which are mixed with water and sometimes with quartz sand. First remove the old grout with a scratch and then thoroughly clean the decking with a high-pressure cleaner. Then apply the new joint compound by spreading it on the surface with a rubber squeegee. Important: In order for the mass to set well and not become brittle, it must be frost-free for a few days.

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