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Autumn cleaning just right

Autumn cleaning just right


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Do not be too zealous in autumn cleaning the flower beds. Take advantage of the nature services and clean only the most filthy. Read about how to get free and completely natural compost.

Clean just right in the perennial bed, just cut off what is needed. Do not cut the perennials until they are completely withered. If you cut down while they are green and vital, they will not be as strong next year. Perennials feel best left alone. A cut stalk can become an entrance to rot, especially if it is hollow.

Never pull up green or withered perennials in the autumn, often the new dormant leaf buds of the perennial sit at the base of the green withered or withered plant parts and follow up or be damaged if the old plant parts are pulled up. Cut completely withered perennials 5–10 cm above the ground.

Do not try too hard to rake the leaves off the lawn. Leave a small layer and instead drive over them with the mower. The worms take care of it and it becomes mummy for the lawn. What you still want to rake together can be added as protection over sensitive perennials. Heaps of leaves become wintering nests for many useful animals in the garden.

Fall fruit does not need to be cleaned away either. Let the nectar animals get a little extra nutrition from the sweet rotting fruits, as there is not much else to eat before winter.

The exception when you need to be careful about cleaning is if you have contracted fungal diseases whose life cycle depends on the fallen leaves or fruits. Then all leaves and fall fruits should be removed and the leaves preferably burned, as a step in making it difficult for the fungus to multiply.

Keep in mind that all plant residues that may remain in the flower bed break down over time and become naturally nutritious compost. Without unnecessary transport, free and completely without effort. Let nature have its way!

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1. Ornamental apple

Small vigorously growing tree with vigorous branches. Abundant and very appealing flowering in spring. The flowers are large simple with a dark pink color and the tree then gets red fruits. The foliage is dense and matching red-green. The tree is hardy against scab, easy to grow and durable. Sun-loving variety, plant in nutrient-rich soil for best development. Planted as an ornamental tree and solitary in large and gardens.

Delivery size: 90-110 cm high
Size adult: 3-4 m high


More to do in the fall

During the autumn, it is time to cut some plants and other things. Peonies and strawberry tops should be cut in the fall. This is so that any fungal diseases do not overwinter in the tops. When it comes to perennials, you can wait to cut them down until spring.

For many trees, autumn is the only period they can be cut. This includes, for example, all stone fruits such as cherries, plums, peaches and apricots as well as birch, maple, hornbeam, walnut and walnut.

Autumn is also time for planting. You should plant small bulbs and daffodils as soon as possible. You can plant tulip bulbs as long as you can get the shovel into the ground.

You can also plant shrubs, roses, perennials and trees for a long time yet, they often take better care if you plant them when they have gone to rest.


Size does not matter for urban cultivation!

Urban gardening or cultivation close to the city, means that you get to be creative with the small cultivation area you have. No balcony is too small, there is room to grow everywhere. Let the imagination flow!

Starting with cultivation close to the city gives you many positive benefits:

  • Locally produced provides shorter transport distances
  • Improves the city's microclimate
  • Contributes to biodiversity and sustainable urban development
  • Creates awareness of a sustainable lifestyle


You can calmly ignore sandy soil and other light soils until spring, but if you have clay soil, the next strength training session can be located in the garden land. When the soil is turned into boils, they freeze during the winter. If you have invested in leaf compost the year before, it can be spread out and turned over, making the soil much more fertile.

Cultivate spring feelings right now. When it gets cold, you can sow seeds that get a record-breaking start when the spring sun appears. Some good seeds to sow in the autumn are parsley, carrot, marigold, winter lettuce, atlas flower, clarkia, parsnip and spinach.


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