Saving Tips for April – My Beautiful Garden

Who wants to contribute to the conservation of nature in your garden, you should implement already in the spring of the first measures. In April, many animals have already woken up from hibernation, are looking for food, and the birds are beginning to build their nests. Now it is important to provide them with sources of shelter and food. Read here how you can successfully protect nature in your garden.


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Providing shelter for animals

In April, most gardeners begin to bring her garden back from scratch. Don’t overdo it! For further conservation, some areas should be left in zoo animals. Here and there a pile of leaves and some dead wood or some loose stones piled up serve insects, birds, and mammals as a protective shelter. Insect hotels that you build yourself or you can buy in stores have also been reconstructed.

More conservation of nature through landscape garden design

With landscape garden design, you automatically ensure more nature conservation. As a garden with a large variety of species, selection of insect-friendly plants (bee pastures) and low soil seal are an ideal habitat for animals. Water points are not only a visual feature, but the installation of a garden pond is also important for nature conservation in a home garden from an environmental point of view. April is also a good time for lawn care. In the landscape garden, focus more on the flower meadow than on the golf course. For example, a small part on which you can sprinkle a mixture of wildflowers, which is rarely mowed, is enough to delight many animals in your garden. And most importantly: Avoid using chemical pesticides constantly!

The natural park provides a habitat for many wild animals and plants. These tips will help you properly create a wild and natural garden.

Targeted Nutrition

Do animals get hurt in winter or wake up too early, they are pleased with targeted complementary feeding. A hedgehog for example you can support with a bowl of water or some food. As feed for meat containing proven dog or cat food. You can spiky garden dwellers but boiled eggs too, Serve unsalted and cooked meat. You should check the ingredients for commercially available hedgehog food before purchasing it. This feed often contains ingredients that are not suitable for feeding hedgehogs. So they can recharge their batteries after winter in April. Feed the animals only if they look lean! Healthy hedgehogs and baby hedgehogs should look for their own food.

Wise gardening means not only working for oneself, but also for the good of nature. Here are some tips for a pet-friendly garden.

Prepare nesting boxes and nesting tools

Nesting boxes and nesting aids are important breeding grounds for many domestic birds, bats, bumblebees, and burn-ears, as natural nesting sites are becoming fewer and fewer. You can also build these yourself with a little craftsmanship, or buy them in stores. Put them in a sheltered, quiet location in the garden. This way you not only do something good for the animals, but you also benefit from the many beneficial insects you lure into your garden in this way. The aforementioned earwigs, for example, are natural enemies of aphids.

Another tip: When gardening, don’t immediately remove all caterpillars from your garden. They are – especially in the springtime – important sources of food for birds such as the blue or big dream, which they use to feed their offspring.

You can effectively support hedge breeders such as robins and runes with the help of simple lawn nesting. In this video, our beautiful garden editor, Dieke van Dieken, shows you how you can easily make your own nesting aid out of pruned ornamental grasses such as Chinese reed or pampa grass.
Credits: MSG / CreativeUnit / Camera + edit: Fabian Heckle

Be careful when removing compost!

Many home gardeners bring in spring compost to provide their plants with nutrients and allow them the perfect start to the gardening season. But watch out! Some animals in winter seek shelter from the compost heap and may still be around in April. So go ahead and be careful not to harm any hedgehogs, frogs, mice or other animals.

Gardening Tips for April in the Podcast

In April, gardening season is in full swing and new and exciting tasks are added every day. Where do you start, where do you stop – and what should you definitely not forget? How good it is that Karina and her gardening tips are out there! In “Green City People – Short & dirty,” the podcast from MY BEAUTIFUL GARDEN, you can find out from gardening expert Karina Dinser-Nennstiel what tasks in the garden await you in April. listen now!

MSG / Regina Gunther

MSG / Dieke van Dieken

MSG / Frank Schubert

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