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Grave maintenance in spring: there is something to do after winter


Remove dirt from the grave stone, loosen and fertilize the soil, select new flowers and plant: After winter there is a lot to do at the grave.

Bring color to the grave Like the garden, graves must of course also be brought up to scratch after the winter. Cold, snow and wind finally leave their mark. In addition, it is time again in spring to provide a fresh wind on the grave. For example in the form of flowers, bushes and decorative elements. So that the plants grow well, of course, correct soil preparation is essential. All tasks after winter here at a glance.

There is something to do after the cold season

Loosen soil and apply fertilizer:

Early spring is the right time to prepare the grave soil for the growth phase of the new year. To do this, loosen the soil with a stable rake or shovel and remove any weeds that are already visible. The more thorough you go, the less the unwanted wild growth in summer will be difficult for you. Also put a slow release fertilizer on the ground and rake it in.

If you have planted parts of the grave with evergreen ground cover such as ivy, prickly pear or carpet piplip, the preparation of the earth in the densely rooted places is of course not necessary.

Select early bloomers for the grave:

When designing the grave in spring, you can choose between many different early flowering plants. For example:

  • crocuses
  • pansy
  • Windflower
  • forget Me Not
  • hyacinths
  • primroses
  • Hornveilchen
  • early tulips

When deciding on one or the other plant, always keep the lighting conditions on the grave in mind. Primroses like radiation from the midday sun is not very special; Crocuses, in turn, stretch out for full sunlight, while wood anemones also thrive in a continuously shady location.

Another important point: In order for flowers to bloom continuously on the grave until summer, it is advisable to combine plants with different flowering times. The famous impressionist Claude Monet already did it in his garden. For example, the spring crocus blooms in February, hyacinths bloom from March to April, wood anemones from March to May and some varieties of forget-me-nots embellish the grave with flowers until June. If extensive planting is too complex for you, you can use potted plants as an alternative.

Eliminate winter damage to the tombstone:

In winter, severe frost often affects the gravestone and the edge of the grave. Therefore, in spring, examine whether you can discover new cracks or chipped spots on the surface of the stone or other damage. If repair work is necessary, you should have this carried out by a specialist in order to obtain the harmonious overall picture of the grave.

Remove moss from the headstone:

Moss also sometimes spreads on the tombstone in the cold season. To remove it you only need a hard brush, a bucket and some water. The moss can be removed even more easily and thoroughly if you use a commercially available green scale remover (e.g. available here) that keeps the tombstone clean for several years.