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4 exceptional tips for your garden

by KINN Living May 11, 2021 5 min read

4 exceptional tips for your garden

It’s finally getting warmer outside and the summer is right around the corner.

It’s the time to spend more time in our gardens. And therefore , create them particularly beautiful this year. We put together some really nice tips on how you can plant and arrange your garden. Tips you might never have thought of before!

1- Give a new shape to your garden!

Yes, we mean this literally! Try to give your bushes and shrubs an interesting new form this year, there are no creative boundaries here. Sculptures, figures or forms such as cuboids and pyramids - everything is possible! The latter are especially suitable for beginners. If you succeed with them, you can try to make more difficult ones. To begin, just take a piece of wire or cardboard to build a template out of it. Now it’s totally easy to cut your chosen form out. For more difficult forms and figures, you need to make a wirecorset in the form of your chosen object. You can then simply put if around the bush or the shrub you want to give the new form to and cut back the protruding twigs.

Also important is the choice of your trimmer. For exact cuts you should use a shearer for example which suits best for working precisely. Electric scissors can be used as well, but only when it comes to more coarser cuts. 

Additionally important to mention is that these cuts are not suitable for every kind of shrub and bush. They work especially well for boxwood, yew or forsythia. But also photinia and cherry laurel are a great match. Not that suitable are growths with less leafs or twigs, e.g. coniferous plants (with exception of the yew) and herbal plants like thyme or rosemary. The latter may be a true allrounder and suits very well for cooking or can be used for home cleaning as an alternative for aggressive, chemical ingredients in ecological cleaning products. But it is less suitable when it comes to activities outside of the house. 

You now may think that shaping cuts are only a thing for large gardens because they need a lot of space. But: That’s not correct! These kind of cuts are even more suitable for smaller gardens as cutting plants like this will limit the growth of it’s twigs. They now cannot spread unhindered anymore, which is a great advantage when having a small garden. As an addition, forms such as cuboids and balls seem static to the human eye which brings calmness into small gardens as a contrast to many different coloured flowers you may have. 

2- Plant a tree! 

Why buying fruits such as cherries, apples or plums in the supermarket when you can just quickly flit into your garden to grab fresh ones from your own tree for free? And planting a tree is not as difficult as you may think! And it brings a lot of advantages. Trees not only offer you fresh fruit, they also provide shade during hot summer days, serve as a sight protection to the neighbours’ house and are good for our environment. They can significantly help us with the fight against climate change by doing photosynthesis and taking carbon dioxide out of our air, which is responsible for the climate change. Afterwards, they convert it to biomass by only using light energy - an organic substance is formed. Moreover, trees are producing oxygen, which of course is absolutely crucial to all of us. 

As you can see, there are many good reasons to plant your own tree! You can make it by following these simple steps: 

  1. Pick a tree in your local garden center. Be aware of the climatic conditions of your home while doing so. 
  2. If you made a choice, you can now dig a hole for planting it into your garden. It should be double sized than the tree’s roots. You should also loosen the ground of the hole afterwards as well as adding fertiliser. Now you can insert the tree.
  3. While inserting the tree, you should be aware of adjusting it precisely before filling in the soil. After this, the tree should be watered. For doing so, a so-called watering edge is a great thing to build. You can easily do that by accumulating a bit of the soil around the tree. 
  4. After your tree is planted, everything is about nurturing it: You should cut died off twigs regularly to keep it healthy. You can also influence the growth of the tree by doing so. 

By following these easy tips, nothing seems to stand in your way when it comes to harvesting your own fruits in the garden very soon! 

3- Choose biodiversity!

Many people tend to choose a sparsely planted, monotonous garden because it seems easier to handle during their everyday life. But: having a lush amount of plants and flowers in it can be so advantageous not only for animals, but also for us humans!  A diversity of them actually means not having to buy fruits, vegetables and herbals in the supermarket, which saves a lot of money and time. It’s enough to just quickly go into your garden when the beloved herbals have been used up again. Wild garlic, rosemary, thyme, chive or basil - you can plant them all very easily in your own garden! Also fruits like strawberries or raspberries can be planted without much effort. Additionally, most of them are getting flowers which do not only look beautiful, but also attract insects like butterflies, dawdlings and bees and by this contribute to biodiversity (which is essential to all of us!). Also flowers like marigold, the sunflower and ornamental plants can not only bring colour to your garden, but can also play it’s part when it comes to biodiversity. Lavender above all can attract a variety of insects through it’s delicious smell and is also versatilely applicable as a medicinal plant, in the kitchen or for the cleaning of your house as an ecological washing and cleaning alternative in laundry detergents and cleaning products. 

4- Build the slightly different type of garden furniture!

Common garden furniture as the sunbed or the outdoor table probably every garden owner can call his or her own. But what about having a different type of it this year - garden furniture for animals? Insect hotel for example can be bought in every construction market or if you like crafting you can also easily build one yourself: 

  1. First you have to buy all the materials needed: You’ll need 5 spruce wood planks, squared timbers as well as reed stalks, roofing felt, small strips, screws and nails. 
  2. After you bought everything, you can begin with the basic structure: At first, you have to form a rectangle out of the squared timbers. You also have to stretch a lower and an upper plank in between of it. 
  3. Afterwards, 3 planks should be trimmed for the roof and 2 for every side. 2 more planks should be trimmed for the lower and the upper cross compartment. Left over planks can be used to build more compartments out of it. 
  4. Now it’s about the inside of the compartments: Fill them with reed stalks so that the open sides are pointing outward and insects can slip in. The reed stalks can be tied together previously so they cannot slip. Your insect hotel is now ready!

Alternatively, you can also build a home for other animals in your own garden: 

Bird or hedgehog houses are a great alternative or addition to insect hotels! But in the end it doesn’t matter for what you decide: Every kind of them is very useful for human beings as well as for animals! These houses offer protection to little animals like bees, birds, hedgehogs and others and so can help to keep biological diversity. And for you they offer a lot of fun too, as now on you can watch rare birds flying through your garden or little hedgehogs toddling over your lawn.


Article written originally in German by Laura Glass

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