Only eight gardeners work in De Tuinen van Appeltern. They maintain more than 200 gardens and with it the park that is more than 200 football fields in size.


In order to lose as little time as possible and to work as easily as possible, they have devised all kinds of tricks and techniques. Anyone can get started in their own garden with the same tricks.

  1. Dense joints between stones and tiles
    Weeds in your patio and paths create a lot of work. The joints between the stones contain soil particles in which weed seeds can germinate and grow. If you wipe the joints closed with elastic grouts , weed seeds no longer have a chance there. Some more information can be found at:

    The elastic grouts you use are easy to process, wear-resistant and permanently resistant to weather influences. In addition, they can withstand road salt. Appeltern Product partners Normeco BV and Garden TS can help you further!

  2. The keel stitch
    A keel stitch prevents soil from washing over the paving. Next to paths and terraces is usually a higher border with plants and soil. During a heavy rain shower, the water flows from the borders with soil over the pavement. The soil particles come between the stone and tile joints, where weeds then grow.

    By pulling the keel with a spa or hoe after every maintenance, the soil particles fall into the trench after a rain shower and the pavement remains clean and free of weeds.

  3. Closed planting
    In Appeltern we always say: 'Wherever there are plants, no weeds can grow'. So as long as you make sure that your garden soil is covered with plants as much as possible, you prevent weed growth. After all, weed seeds need light to grow in addition to nutrition from the soil. So you should not place the plants too far apart and do not buy plants 'on the growth'.

    Ground covers are perennials and shrubs that grow flat over the ground and cover all the ground so that no more light can get to it. They often also root themselves so that steep slopes can also be covered.

  4. Responding
    in time Regularity is an important starting point for good garden maintenance. The garden service in Appeltern uses a rhythm of 11 days. On the 11th day they are back at the site of the first day for maintenance, just in time to pull that one weed away before it starts sowing. If that one weed is not removed, the seeds that have emerged will cause a lot of extra picking later in the season or next year. A lot of unnecessary garden maintenance is regularly prevented.
  5. Roots in the grip
    Not only the foothills of Bamboos, but also the roots of trees can cause a lot of nuisance. Terraces can be raised, they extract a lot of moisture from the top layer and you get wild outliers between the plants. With special anti-root foils and cloths, the problems are prevented and perhaps also solved in existing situations.
    KING RootBarrier is a specialist in the development, production and distribution of sustainable solutions against weeds and root pressure.
  6. Hedges that you only need to cut once
    There are dozens of types of hedges and they all have a different growth pattern. One species is faster than the other and therefore needs to be cut more often per year. A hornbeam and privet hedge should be trimmed twice a year, while a yew hedge with one cutting is sufficient. A hedge with screens of Hedera (ivy) can even go a year without cutting. Ivy is an evergreen climbing plant that is widely used in so-called ready-made hedges and overgrown screens. A building rod mat grows dense with hedera within three years.
    More information can also be found in the garden advice article: Pruning rules: hedges and hedges
  7. Aging wood
    A gardening wisdom that we came up with a few years ago is: 'The most expensive paint is spread on the worst wood'. If you want to save time and money, it is best to choose wood that does not require replacing, painting or preserving. Hardwoods are hard and get a nice gray color due to the weather. If you do want to paint, at least choose the paint or stain that best suits the wood. There are also stains that prevent the wood from turning gray and give already grayed wood its original appearance.
  8. Give color in accents
    A flower garden is beautiful, but often also very laborious. Perennial borders in particular require the necessary attention. We think that a garden does not have to be completely full of flowers to acquire the designation 'colorful'. You can often achieve just as much with pops of color as with an entire border. Moreover, you can then put all your experience and love for color per season in a limited area, which is easier and cheaper. Did you know that you can now also order ready-made border packages ?
  9. Artificial grass
    We know that many gardeners abhor it, but it is and remains an attractive option for people who are tired of mowing the lawn every week. Moreover, today's artificial grass types are so natural and qualitative that they can hardly be distinguished from real ones.
  10. Pond choice
    Not every part of the garden requires the same amount of maintenance time; a border with perennials takes less time than a lawn. One of the most maintenance-friendly elements is a pond. If the pond has been installed correctly, it will hardly involve any work. Preformed ponds - Pond liner - Advice for existing pond
    • Planting a pond
    • A safe pond
  11. Robotic
    lawnmower Robotic lawnmowers are getting smarter and better. There are even football clubs that have their fields mowed with a robotic lawnmower. Most machines are easy to adapt to any lawn. As long as the slopes are not too steep and no stairs have to be bridged.

    A wire is inserted at the edges of the lawn. The robot does not go over this and it always recharges itself in its own charging station. A lawn cared for by a robotic lawnmower also remains firmer and denser in structure. In De Tuinen van Appeltern we currently use two robotic lawnmowers from Gardena !

  12. Anti-weed cloth
    There is a lot of confusion possible with anti-weed cloth. To avoid weeds in your garden, you have to apply it correctly. If you lay the canvas on the ground with a layer of gravel over it, then there is nothing to worry about. You have to make sure that there is a confinement, this way you prevent soil from ending up on the canvas. Weed seeds that fall between the gravel do not germinate because there is no soil. If you mess with (pot) soil, weeds will come. For bamboo and reeds you need a stronger cloth than the plastic cloth that is often sold. Knowing more? Read the garden advice article about ! In De Tuinen van Appeltern we use Rootbarrier anti-root cloths .
  13. Less bending
    It sounds logical and it is. With raised borders, your physical effort is less strenuous and the work feels easier. But if you ensure that no weeds grow or that you pluck them away before sowing, you will of course have to bend less. We think it requires less physical strength from you if you stay 'low' during maintenance. Physiotherapists say that the way you bend is essential for any inconvenience.
  14. Working tools
    Not all tools are equally comfortable in the hand. There are brooms that don't sweep at all and spades that are way too heavy. Then you have hoes that by definition stick to the soil and that won't open when you cut a heavier branch with them. Unfortunately, cheap tools often come with limitations. They don't say for nothing; good tools are half the battle. Good tools do not reduce the amount of work, but they do make the work a lot more pleasant. Also read the gardening advice article ' Good tools are half the battle '. At De Tuinen van Appeltern we use tools from De Wiltfang , Wolf Garten and Streuding Schoppenfabriek .
  15. Suitable soil structure
    Sandy soil is of course much easier to work than heavy clay. Sandy soil has the disadvantage that weed seeds germinate very quickly and that plants dry out very quickly.
    So it is a search for a balanced soil structure. A soil that is nutritious, easy to work with, well permeable, water-retaining, and preferably also free of stubborn root weeds. Such a soil can be made in any situation. Read more about soil care ! Ground improvement at De Tuinen van Appeltern is done with the help of DCM products .
  16. Irrigation system
    You should of course opt for plants that do not immediately get upset when it is dry for a week. But with lawn, for example, you don't have that choice; that needs (relatively a lot of) water in time. An irrigation system is then of course easier than dragging loose hoses and sprinklers. There are systems for large and small gardens. You are working most sustainably if you could spray with water that you have collected yourself through your own roof and garden. Also read the article about ' Irrigation construction ' or the article about ' irrigation '.
  17. Water collection and water delivery Collecting
    the rainwater from your roof and garden in your own reservoir may not immediately give you work time, but it does give you satisfaction. In addition, the reuse of that collected water saves money, because you use less or no tap water. Water collection and water delivery is also a soil process. If your garden soil retains enough water, you don't have to spray so quickly. If your garden soil allows the excess water to pass through, the plants will not die and the soil layer will be too wet, which you can hardly work in.
    Depending on your situation, regulations from the municipality and the existing soil structure, an Appeltern Garden Expert can propose the most suitable solution.
    More information can also be found at ACO BVand in the following gardening advice articles:
  18. Wild flower
    bulbs You have to remove many types of flower bulbs after flowering and replant them in the autumn. This is not necessary with flower bulbs that remain and are allowed to naturalize. This way you have a little 'Keukenhof' in your garden every spring.
    If you want more information about this, you can contact Directplant and Jub-Holland . You can also consult the garden advice article " How flower bulbs make you happy "


  19. Lawn limiters Sometimes
    the lawn and the plant border tend to grow together and change shape. Quite a difficult job, to bring everything back to its original condition. The grass edges along the lawn can also become quite annoying in the long run. The mower cannot reach it, so you have to go through it with the trimmer or grass shears. One solution is a stone ribbon at the height of the lawn, so that the wheel drives over the stones and does not sink into the border. Manual cutting is not completely a thing of the past, but this is already becoming a lot less. You can also avoid that task with lawn limiters made of steel or plastic. In this way you also ensure that, for example, gravel and soil remain separated. If you want more information about this, take a look at Nophadrain


  20. Grown up right away
    It certainly has to do with our innate frugality, but it makes little sense to buy plants or hedges on the basis of "growth". In fact, apart from the fact that you can only enjoy your full garden after years, you tend to put too many together with small plants. A part has to be cleared in the meantime, which is actually not possible, because then annoying bald spots and/or holes arise. Not to mention all the "open ground", which remains between the still small plants in the beginning. The only problem with this is that you have to keep the ground around it free of weeds all that time. By immediately putting mature plants in your garden, there is less chance of weeds. Perhaps more importantly, you feel a lot better in your garden with mature plants, making maintenance less burdensome. More and more growers are supplying mature plants:
    • adult rhododendron
    • mature hedges: Quick Hedge and Hedge to Go
    • mature trees
  21. Stable plants
    Not every plant remains sturdy in a little wind or a heavy rain shower. If you don't want to clear out in the meantime or take supporting measures, it's better to choose plants with sturdy stems that can take a beating. There is also a garden advice article where a number of plants are mentioned: "Stable perennials that do not blow over"
    If you want more advice, please contact one of the Appeltern Garden experts
  22. Tailor
    -made fertilizer Plants grow faster on all soils, can withstand climate conditions better and do not need to be replaced after diseases or pests, if you keep them healthy. Sufficient fertilizer types adapted to the soil and plant type are, of course, a requirement. Just like us humans, plants cannot do without healthy and sufficient food.
    More information about this can be found at DCM Nederland and in the garden advice article "".
  23. Alternate
    planting Alternating planting is a method in which you redesign a (piece of) border every year with plants that bloom all year round. That job in itself takes time, but much less than obtaining and maintaining the flowering pattern across the width of the garden. The accents are at least as strong as the total. The difference with another easy-to-tie tip for choosing accents is that you completely replace such an accent corner every year with alternating plants.
  24. Careful with compost
    By this we mean that you should not spill compost on gravel and pavement, because that only creates weeds. The same is true if you use compost as a sort of spreading agent rather than a soil conditioner, mixing the compost into the soil. Even then, a relatively large amount of weeds arise. After all, compost is not a covering agent, like tree bark or wood chips. It is a fertilizer in which weeds grow well.
    If you make your own compost, make sure you don't put weeds in your compost bin. The seeds will not compost and will just start growing again when you sprinkle the compost through your borders.
    If you want to know more about it, take a look at the garden advice article " Make your own compost? That's how you do it! "
    In De Tuinen van Appeltern we use compost from DCM Netherlands
  25. Economical with solitary
    plants A solitary plant is a plant that only demands attention for itself. The plants in the area have to adapt to a less attentive role. If you plant too many 'solitaires', things will get messy because those plants will compete for the most attention. As a result, order must then be restored, when it would not have been necessary. The unrest in the garden therefore causes unrest in you. You have to do everything you can to stay and work in a pleasant environment. That makes the other work a lot less heavy. You can also find more information
    in our garden advice articles: " Solitaires like to be alone " and " Efficient with solitaires ".
  26. Wild flower mixtures
    With wild flower mixtures you are not only quickly finished with the construction. You sow it like a lawn, but you also don't have much work during the growing and flowering season. You only have to mow and dispose of everything once a year. You should not leave the clippings lying around, because then the soil would become too nutritious and too nutritious soil inhibits flowering. The wild flower seed is for sale everywhere. If you have a large garden, it is advisable to call in a specialist, who will then determine which mixture best suits your soil. Examples are: Kruydt-Hoek
    More information can be found in the garden advice article: " Always wanted to have a wild flower garden ?"
  27. Picking
    weeds Picking weeds is better than hoeing, because you immediately prevent weed seeds from remaining on the ground. When hoeing, there is a chance that the weeds will not die completely because the soil is too moist or that it will rain after hoeing. And even worse the seeds of the dead weeds can just germinate. Another disadvantage of hoeing is that you activate the seed present in the soil layer.
    Also have a look at " How do I control weeds? " and " Pick weeds "
  28. Choose forest
    There are more ways to limit maintenance work in a large garden. You could design part of your garden as a bamboo forest or rhododendron valley. A closed compartment with dozens of butterfly bushes or velvet trees also provides a forest feeling. Once the growth is there, you don't have to do anything in that part. A path through it with a bench somewhere makes it "exciting" for small children.
    It may be possible to plant a birch or willow grove in part of the garden. You can just let the grass grow underneath. A new biotope is created with its own allure. The same applies to the construction of a perennial wildflower meadow. Mowing once a year is then all the work that remains.
    To get some ideas, you could take a look at " A mini natural forest in your own garden " or at the exhibitors " De Valouwe " and " Kwekerij Dependens "
  29. Furniture without worries
    More and more garden furniture can be left outside all year round without cleaning or paint maintenance. Also pay attention when purchasing that no rainwater can remain on the seating area. That makes them very dirty. Do you already know the durable plastic garden furniture from Polywood?
  30. Don't mess
    It makes sense, but messing with soil, seed, weeds, fertilizer or pesticides results in extra work on balance. Working neatly and accurately saves time on balance. Weed seeds can germinate in the soil, on stones or on gravel. Picked weeds, which you leave on the terrace for too long, will hide its seeds in the meantime. Too much fertilizer can burn your lawn, and pesticides can kill plants. Read more about preventing weeds !
  31. Driveable gravel
    Too thick gravel layers that are difficult to walk through and sloppy gravel layers that you regularly have to rake flat can be prevented by working with plates that you sweep the gravel into. The diamond plates (which you can't see) keep the pebbles in place. Your gravel track is suddenly very stable and super flat. Also read ' How do I ensure a stable and track-free gravel path? '.


  32. Adjust the norm
    If you can tolerate some casualness in your garden without it getting sloppy, you're shifting the workload.
    A pond without a leaf blowing into it is almost impossible and plants that grow over your paths are actually quite normal. Fallen leaves are best left on your lawn for a few days and emerging weeds do not need to be picked up until the eleventh day.
  33. Go nature
    There are more and more people who also like to see weeds such as thistles and nettles, as long as there are not too many. That is the only thing you should do in a natural garden; make sure it doesn't get out of hand. You let nature take its course and help a little with that.

    In the Wilde Weelde Wereld on Appeltern, several gardens have also been planted with 'weeds'. Wilde Weelde is a broad network of independent entrepreneurs in the green, each with their own specialism: from growers, gardeners and designers to suppliers.

  34. Prairy planting
    A new way of arranging borders that saves maintenance time. A layer of 7 cm of sand is first applied and then another layer of 8 cm of lava granules. The perennials are partly planted in the sand and subsoil through the lava. The advantage of this is that hardly any weeds grow between the plants, that the plants do not spread widely, and that you can always walk between them without getting your shoes dirty. In addition, they hardly need to be irrigated.
    View Prairytuin Border mixtures in our webshop

    More information about prairie borders can be found in the garden advice articles below:

    • The prarieborder, a party for perennial lovers
    • The Prarietuin, a new development
  35. Ground covers
    Wherever there are plants, no weeds can grow. Ground covers are perennials that stay low and literally cover the entire soil surface. Most ground covers are also evergreen and therefore do not cause 'nuisance' to leaves in autumn and winter.
    The most popular ground covers are:
    fat man's herb Pachysandra
    catnip nepeta
    Ivy hedera
    golden strawberry
    Periwinkle Vinca Minor
    lady's mantle Alchemilla mollis
    dwarf medlar cotoneaster dammeri
    Sage Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten'
    donkey ear
  36. Topiary trees
    A topiary is a tree that does not grow; trunk and branches remain as they were 'formed' at the nursery. Every year new offshoots appear at the end of that trunk (pole willow) or at the end of those branches (limestone, sycamore tree) . You do have to prune these annually, but on balance that is much less work than trees that grow much too large in small gardens and seem to leave more leaves every year.
    If you want to know more about it, take a look at this garden advice article: Discover the added value of shaped trees
    • Also check out the Shaped Tree Garden in Appeltern!
  37. Economical with seed
    We warn not to drop seed where it shouldn't. For example on pavement or in open ground between shrubs and perennials. You should also make sure that when sowing lawn or vegetables, the seed is well covered with soil. If this is not the case, it will be spread by the wind to places where you do not want it. We have also noticed that the chicken and bird food also contains the necessary weed seeds that you should not have in your garden.
  38. Keep the clippings on the grass
    If you mow with a lawnmower with a side exit, you can blow the clippings into the borders during mowing. This clippings also consist of seeds that can germinate. By choosing the mowing direction in such a way that the clippings do not end up on paths and/or borders, you prevent weeds (grass) growth.
  39. Easy plants
    What is easy? Those are plants that you don't have too much work with. These are also plants that take root and grow quickly, or plants that are not easily attacked by snails, caterpillars and aphids. In addition, this can also be about plants that do not root everywhere or self-seed everywhere. You can also think of plants that do not grow too large and do not make too many demands on water, light and nutrition. Discomfort is also personal. You could be bothered by too many berries, but at the same time be happy with the birds that come to them. It is of course still important that a plant has some ornamental value or produces beautiful flowers and fruits.
    In The Gardens of Appelternwe opt for as many carefree plants as possible. For us, plants should bloom for as long as possible and have a great possible ornamental value without "nuisance" or "extra attention". An Appeltern Garden Expert can help you look at the Appeltern plant database
  40. Automate
    The technology in the garden continues to progress. There are just no robots that can pick weeds, but they already manage to mow the grass. In the meantime, other things have also been automated, such as the maintenance of your swimming pool, the irrigation of the lawn and borders, the lighting in the evening and at night, the closing and opening of sun blinds and shade cloths. There are even fully automated grow cabinets where you will receive a message on your phone after planting your tomatoes when you can harvest.
    If you want more information about this, a visit to the Gardena site is definitely recommended.
  41. Look back
    By not looking at what you still have to do, but at what has already been done, there is more satisfaction. This does not make the amount of work less, but less heavy. We admit, it's a psychological trick, but it works!!
    We try to be completely ready with everything that has been done. That includes sweeping, disposal and straightening of furniture and pots. That increases the satisfaction even more!
  42. Storage and enjoyment
    You need quite a few tools to maintain your garden. Those things should be a little clear, dry and, above all, not too far away, hanging or standing. The same goes for your patio display, so you shouldn't have to carry a lot of lugging around every day. Covered garden areas and inconspicuous boxes for cushions can offer a solution.

    Appeltern Product partners: Woodvision , De Boer and Schäffer Tuinhuizen may be able to help you with this!

  43. Energy neutral
    It may not immediately save you time, but it does give you a lot of good feeling if your lighting or pond pumps do not involve electricity costs. A simple solar panel on your pergola can make your garden energy neutral.

    If you would like some more information about this, you should take a look at the garden advice article: Solar panels for home and garden or at Huisman Etech Experts

  44. Hedges , less high and wide
    With a number of them, we don't wait until they start to sprout before pruning , but prune them already in the winter.
    Because you can then see the contours (branch structure) , you can easily make them a bit narrower and also a bit shorter. You cut into the furrow, as it were, and immediately ensure that the height and width remain manageable. Hedges that are too high are especially laborious.
    Exhibitors who specialize in this can be found at Quickhedge and Hedge to Go
  45. Leaf collection
    You cannot prevent leaves from falling. You can determine the amount by choosing the right trees and shrubs. You can easily stretch a net over a pond, but that is not possible over the entire garden. Fortunately, you can make clearing leaves more pleasant. This can be done, for example, by using low-noise leaf blowers, but you can also opt for a homemade 150x150 canvas with a pebble attached to the corners. With the pebbles in the corners, the canvas remains flat on the ground. Then rake or wipe the leaf on the cloth to transport to a container. Some people find a snow blade with a broom very useful. Others stick to so-called "big hands", which are a kind of scoop for your hands.
    The best you can search for leaf scoop
    Some more information can be found at:
    • Maintenance-friendly planting
    • Can plants be maintenance-friendly?
  46. Plants without noise
    You can save some time if you have plants in your garden that are easy and have no extra annoying side effects. Such as berries that fall on your tiles or shrubs that attract extremely many wasps and bees. Plants that fall all over your path with the first rain or gust of wind are also no fun. Everything that bothers you is at the expense of mood and makes the work 'heavier'.
  47. Working on fitness
    We mean this twofold. If you stay healthy and fit, the garden work will not be too heavy and too much. And if your plants remain healthy and vital, you simply have less work to do. For both it is a matter of good nutrition and regularity. You build up your condition by not planning all maintenance in one afternoon or evening, but by spreading it over several days.
  48. Self-cleaning swimming pool
    Previously, a swimming pool was quite a lot of work, but thanks to new techniques, that is no longer the case. The modern swimming pools clean themselves. Do you opt for a swimming pond? Then the plants do the cleaning work for you. At the Gardens of Appeltern you can also come and enjoy a swimming pond
    . Various garden advice articles can also be found there:
    • Carefree swimming pools

    You could also look at Garden Swim swimming ponds and/or Compass Pools

  49. Fewer mowings
    We suggest not mowing all lawns weekly or several times a week. Of course it has a bit to do with the type of garden you choose, but in a lawn you could mow a number of careers weekly and the rest only once per season. That saves a lot of walking and clearing work. In the Gardens of Appeltern we opt for this method in several places.
  50. Maintenance-friendly materials
    Furniture, decking, tiles, lamps, outdoor kitchens, garden sheds and garden partitions. They all have their own maintenance plate. Depending on the choice of material, this is more or less. For example, you don't have to paint a garden wall, hardwood decking turns gray without having to stain them. Lamps that mosquitoes and spiders can't crawl into don't get dirty so quickly.
  51. Sprinklers
    We are in favor of a soil covered with plants as much as possible, but if you don't want that or if plants have yet to start growing, you can, for example, spread tree bark, chopped branches or straw particles. As long as the ground is covered, germinating weeds have less chance.
    Some more options can be found at Nicciolo and Normeco Ecology Solutions
  52. Self-adhesive climbers
    You do not need to tie up climbing plants that attach themselves to walls and fences. They also do not blow loose in a stormy wind.
    Some examples of self-adhesive climbers are:
    Ivy Hedra
    climbing hydrangea Hydrangea Petrolaris
    Wild Wingard Parthenicissus
    Honeysuckle Lonicera Hernryic
    Clematis Passiflora Caerula
    Blue rain Wisteria

    If you want some more information about climbing plants in general, see " Climbing plants "

  53. Containers at hand
    The green container should be in a place where you can easily reach it and at the same time it should not disturb the garden image. Fortunately, there are nice green constructions for that. For example, you can opt for mesh panels or ready-made hedges. Moving is also more pleasant if it can always be done over a paved surface without awkward steps. Those mesh panels can be found at Hedge to Go
    Of course there are also other ways to keep your wheelie bin out of sight, for example take a look at Kees Smit
  54. Plant in the right place
    If you place a tree too close to the house, you can expect the leaves to clog your gutter. If a shrub is too close to a hedge, it will make trimming difficult. In addition, you also have the inconvenience if a plant dies because it is in a place that is too wet or too dark. To put trees and shrubs in the right place, in particular, some (plant) knowledge is needed. An Appeltern Garden Expert can help you make the right choices.
  55. Logical design
    Paths that do not offer the shortest route, uncomfortable steps, edges where no plants can grow or containers that you cannot reach with a broom or rake. This all has to do with the design of the design. Garden sheds and green containers too far away also fit into this list. Many gardeners are able to create their own design. Unfortunately, this does not work for everyone. Consider for a moment that the costs for a garden design pay for itself in comfort and convenience.
    Creating a design is explained in more detail in the following advice articles:
    • How do I create a garden design?
    • What is important in a garden design?
    • What should I not forget in a garden design?
  56. Natural pest control
    We also talk about 'bugs against bugs'. No difficult pesticides and aerosols, but just a bag with ladybugs that you release in the beech hedge to eat the aphids. There are already natural killers for several pests.
    Some more information can also be found at Naturapy DCM
  57. Mole traps
    Although moles are very useful creatures, they can also cause a lot of nuisance. In the summer they like to come to your freshly watered lawn because earthworms can be found there. You can beat them with anti-mole gauze or clamps and prevent annoying subsidence, also in street work.
    Rootbarrier, for example, has mole cloth for this: Rootbarrier mole cloth
    . Other information can also be found under "Moles in my garden, what can I do?"
  58. The high-pressure cleaner
    Once a year we clean all our pavements in Appeltern . At the same time, the joints between the tiles and stones are also sprayed loose, which are sprinkled with new sand after rinsing. This new sand ensures that weeds do not germinate and grow quickly.
    Some gardeners are afraid that they will damage the street work with the high-pressure cleaner, you do not have to worry about that. You don't have to be afraid that you would spray all the sand under the tiles or stones, it only concerns about 3 cm from the joints.
  59. Gravel under glass
    With glass facades you can prevent the annoying splashing by not laying tiles or stones against it, but an edge of gravel. The drops then fall silently between the gravel grains.
  60. Do not cut off perennials too early
    The withered foliage of perennials has a function, it protects the plant against frost. It also covers the soil around the plant. This 'closure' ensures that no weeds can grow. If the plant is exposed to frost too early, the plant may freeze and must be replaced.
    More information can be found in the garden advice article: "Perennials"
  61. Protecting the pavement
    The most annoying thing about pavement is the green rash and the weeds between the joints. There is a solution for both. The tiles and stones can be treated with a moisture-resistant non-visible polish. It is applied with a back syringe and lasts for at least a year. The joints can be closed with an epoxy-containing joint mortar. There is no more room for weeds.
    Companies where you can mainly find pavement is Buiter Beton . It is definitely worth checking out their website. In addition, information regarding protection aids can be found at Garden TS and Normeco and in the following garden advice articles:
    • Prevent your pavement from turning green
    • Filling stone and tile joints
  62. To paint or not
    to paint You can ask yourself that question. Beautiful fresh colors are fantastic and often cannot be compared with preserved wood or composite wood. You can choose: maintenance-free wood, plastic, aluminum, trespa or just pine with a lick of paint from time to time.
    In De Tuinen van Appeltern itself you can see how many different color variations there are for your border. Dozens of color borders can be seen in practice. All kinds of structures, garden fences and pergolas have been painted with the paint manufacturer Global Paint . Their products are not only easy to use, they are extremely durable and very contemporary.
  63. Dosing with color
    We like to exaggerate with colorful plant species. Everywhere, in all kinds of places, sunny 1-year-olds or flowering perennials. You could make it a little easier on yourself by not planting 'the bloomers' in the entire garden, but in a few places. It saves you time and it also often makes your garden calmer and clearer.
    A very nice article about this can be found at: How important is the color of your plant? and Color to the frost
  64. Economical with pottery
    A pot or planter involves more work than you think. Planting, fertilizing, removing the faded flowers, watering and perhaps replacing the potting soil again after the winter. All things that keep coming back. We are not against pottery, certainly not, but we prefer a functional placement and with varieties that are of added value. If the garden is furnished with sufficient plants, pots do not have to be purchased to make it even more cosy.
  65. Gardening at height
    Differences in level make a garden more exciting and visually larger. An elevated border offers another advantage: you can reach it more easily and you do not necessarily have to get on your knees to pick weeds. In case of serious physical limitations, it is possible to raise the entire garden. This is especially ideal for vegetable and herb gardens.
    Two articles that can bring you more "in the know" are: How do I create height differences in my garden? and Height differences can make or break a garden
  66. Clipping collection
    It seems more complicated than it is, but what we mean is a simple fleece or cloth that we lay along the hedge (over the bed) to collect the clippings. It works simply and is very effective.
  67. Not 1-year-olds every year
    Yes, it's quite cheerful, every year those 'busy lilies', 'marigolds' and the 'begonias'. But it is also a lot more laborious than perennials. For more color you should opt for long-flowering varieties. With a bit of luck you will have more flowers with perennials than with 1-year-olds.
  68. Not too many varieties
    Traditionally, we still plant too many varieties of shrubs and perennials in small groups. One, three or five plants together in a row in the border. For the sake of clarity and maintenance, it is better to start from fewer species. Larger quantities of one species in a section or, as is often the case nowadays, spread a mix of five to six species over a much larger area. It is not only more beautiful and contemporary, but also less laborious.
    An example of plants that you can use can be seen in the following garden advice article:
    Ten more options for filling in a border can be found in the garden advice articles, then search for "border".
  69. The gravel garden
    A chic name for an ordinary gravel garden. The problem is that we are not really taking advantage of the benefits of a gravel garden yet. It can be a very beautiful garden and very practical because it can be walked on everywhere and no weeds grow between the gravel. A question of proportions and good construction. Not all plants are suitable for a 'gravel garden'. It is often a bit drier and 'usurers' are not wanted.
    If you want to know more about the construction of this and what kind of plants you can use in it, take a look at this article: How to make a gravel garden ?
  70. Give 'garden' a different meaning
    Too many garden owners see the garden as a necessary evil, it belongs to the house and must therefore be 'always neat', in order and finished. Of course everyone has their own standard, but by seeing the garden as an outlet .. where it is nice to sit, mess around, walk and laze around, you reduce the pressure and 'working' feels less stressful.
  71. Everything has a price
    It is certainly not the case that more expensive materials necessarily entail less care time, but things that quickly decay, hang crooked or rot must be replaced sooner, while if you had immediately chosen the best solution (usually also the more expensive ones) would have worked with it only once.
  72. The scraper works better
    We have always promoted that it is better to pick weeds away than to hoe them.. but for this action we prefer to use the scraper than a scraper (cultivator) with teeth. With the shovel you actually loosen the weeds and make it easier for you to throw into the bucket. You can find these scrapes
    at Schoppenfabriek Streuding .
  73. Choose the right time
    We already said that the weeds have to be picked before they germinate, but it can happen that the weeds are so finely sown that picking is impossible and hoeing should be chosen. Only do this when the soil is dry and then it dries for a day (remains dry). The same applies to spading and seeding. When the soil has dried sufficiently, it works faster. Leveling out molehills should also be done before the grass underneath has completely rotted away. With topiary trees that do need to be pruned, you don't always have to wait until all the leaves have fallen. You can often clean up the leaves with the branches.
  74. Recycle
    Part of the gardening work involves clearing and disposing of leaves and branches. Besides the compost spot, there are other ways to keep that waste in your own garden, the wooden walls and walls of leaf are also beautiful to see.. not to mention the good sustainable 'cradle to cradle' feeling that thereby arises.
  75. Forget the time
    I was always much too driven during maintenance. I am always busy with what I still have to do and how much time I still need. More and more I am able to mainly look at what I have already completed and I am also doing more and more between other companies. A bit of writing, reading or cycling and then back to gardening... gradually I seem to do a lot more, but it also feels much more relaxed.
  76. Behind the Rhododendron
    The Rhododendron is evergreen, flowers a few weeks a year and is otherwise extremely easy. Making a cloud out of it by growing several shrubs against each other creates a low-maintenance zone. Cut back once every 2 years so that they don't get too big and nothing else. There are other evergreen shrubs that do the same. For more information, visit Rhododendron Center De Valouwe.
    More information can be found at:
    • Rhododendron from small to large
    • A bouquet of Rhododendrons
  77. Prevention is always better than cure
    Too often people think 'we'll see that later'. Trees that light up the terrace, hedges that grow so high that it is almost impossible to cut them and provide a lot of shade
    . An irrigation that afterwards would have been better than dragging hoses.. a foundation that should have kept the wall straight.. the patience to let the water sink before the driveway was built. Landscaping is a process with dozens of decision moments. In retrospect, everyone always knows how things could have been prevented and what decision should have been made.
    If you want to know more about garden landscaping, take a look at the following garden advice articles:
    • What is important in a garden design?
    • How do I create a garden design?
    • What should I not forget in a garden design?

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