Summer is here and it can be a great time to refresh your garden. From mowing the lawn to introducing new colour and plants, here are 10 tips to inspire you.
1 Support your plants
When the sun goes down, the fragility of the plants is more important. This is why we must act to avoid a collapse towards the ground.
You can think of the pinch: cut the stems of plants between your fingers, you thus encourage them to branch out and strengthen themselves. They will flourish in flat sheets or tufts and thus, will become more stocky. You can repeat this action several times during the summer.
2 Protect the fruits
When summer arrives, fruit enemies can show up. So that insects do not attack, install traps. You can make them cups with sweet water to attract them to a place. In this way, they will not go to the fruits.
3 Watch the earth
During the summer, watering is not the only way to make the land fertile, it must also be enriched. The soil tends to become poor because of the heat, so it must bring minerals with compost.
It is important to hoe or weed the soil to let the water in as soon as the first drops of rain. Prefer watering in the evening to avoid evaporation.
Tip: look after your tools by cleaning them and keeping them in proper garden storage.
5 Trees and shrubs
As for flowers, clean the floor and scrape the surface for water to enter. If this is the first year for shrubs, water them regularly.
6 Vegetable garden
In the vegetable garden, temperatures that become higher and higher can cause problems. For example, chicory and lettuce go into seeds, radishes dig and become sharp, turnips harden …
Opt for vegetables that resist heat.
7 Use nettle
Nettle strengthens the natural defenses of garden plants. For example, use nettle manure to promote photosynthesis, fortify plants and limit chlorosis.
For this, macerate the nettle for 12 hours in cold water. It repels aphids and apple worms.
8 Watch the compost
Compost during the summer, requires more regular monitoring. For fermentation to take place, the compost pile must be ventilated and sufficiently moist. If this is not the case, the bacteria will grow, the compost will rot and emit a foul odor.
In this way, water the compost so that it stays cool but it does not get soggy.
9 Water the grass in moderation
If you do not water the lawn in the summer, it turns yellow. So water less frequently but abundantly. A contribution of 3 to 4 L / m2 is necessary for the water to penetrate deeply. Remember to collect rainwater to water saving!
10 Straw the garden
Mulch limits watering and weed growth. The earth uses organic mulch to develop humus. To do this, reuse the grass cuts, spread the grass cut into layers up to 10 cm thick if it is dry and 3 to 4 cm if it is fresh.