We rarely have the time to look after the graves of relatives. Often you don't even live near them anymore. With these 3 tips a grave remains easy to care for and still nice to look at.
If a loved one leaves us, that's bad enough. But when you already know that grave design could become a problem in the long run, it becomes even sadder. After all, one would like to leave a beautiful grave for the special person, with many blooming flowers and shrubs.
Relatives who live farther away cannot go to the cemetery every week to set up new cut flowers or to regularly take care of the grave.
Many cemetery nurseries offer permanent maintenance of the burial site, but who wants to spend 1000 euros a year just so that someone else can water there or use a new plant every now and then. I think that people who are already grieving are simply being pulled too much money out of their pockets. You live far away and have no possibility of maintenance, so the nurseries can really ask for something here.
You can save money by making the grave as easy to maintain as possible. There are countless shrubs and flowers that do not need to be watered regularly, that simply get enough nutrients from the soil. With the right soil, you can also pluck the annoying weeds, so you don't have to be afraid that the last resting place will be overgrown every day.
5 tips for a permanent easy-care grave
✶ Tip 1: Choosing the right plantsA grave that blooms all year round is a beautiful eye-catcher and helps to deal with grief better. Of course you are happy when the tulips bloom in summer and you can put a new colorful bouquet of flowers every week. Unfortunately, everything is not possible.Choose plants that can do two to three days without adding water, especially in summer. Dipladenia is very popular and has been seen more and more on graves in recent years. The plant, which blooms with bright red, pink or white flowers, is heat-tolerant and can withstand a long time without water.The Japanese azalea, a genus of rhododendron, is also highly recommended. It is so special because it consists of a great splendor of flowers, but grows slowly and, above all, low." Tip: When choosing plants, you should always use slow-growing plants. It is best to get sufficient advice from the gardener you trust. Together you will surely find a solution.✶ Tip 2: gravel instead of earth
Gravel is easier to handle and easier to maintain than soil. White pebbles also look extremely noble and bring out the colors of the plants even better. If you do not like it so noticeable, you can also choose a noble gray or natural tones. (available cheap here)
This gravel is then simply applied all over the earth. And best of all, weeds and moss make it difficult to get out into the air. So you don't have to constantly tackle weeds, because that's what leads to constant and longer stays at a grave, especially in summer. Weeds are really not easy to care for.
Bark mulch optimal alternative to gravel
Instead of gravel, you can also use bark mulch. This can also be obtained cheaply and has proven to be particularly useful in grave design. The weeds have little chance here.
I personally like white gravel better, because it simply looks neat and beautiful. But as is well known, it is a matter of taste.
Tip 3: ground cover as a classic
The classics on graves are ground cover plants. There are also several varieties here. I would keep my hands off ivy in your place. This sprawls across borders pretty quickly, so you may get into trouble if you don't cut it back in time.➤ Attention
Graves are mostly in the shade. Always pay attention to the appropriate location when buying plants!
I find the red sparkle berry very nice and fitting. This ground cover grows up to a maximum of 15 centimeters and blooms in bright red from October to May. So you have the grave in winter with colored accents, while others only have the fir green. And when the flowering time of the false berry is over, the summer plants begin - blooming pleasure all year round.
" My advice: When planting the ground cover, you can occasionally skip a spot and place planting bowls or special grave lights in these gaps. This loosens up the overall picture a little and creates a calm, contemplative flair.