Gardening in summer

Summer is scary for plants, the main cause being dryness. Except for cactus and a few other plants which do not

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Do not burden yourself by working in the garden during the day that too when the sun is at its hottest/brightest.

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Gardening in summer

Summer is scary for plants, the main cause being dryness. Except for cactus and a few other plants which do not need much water can survive easily in summer. For those plants who are dependent completely on water, it is a difficult job for them. In areas where scarcity is seen, it is almost impossible to grow plants in summer. One of the challenges that summer brings is gardening. Summer vacations can be made greener by following the below tips to bring some good shape to gardens.

  1. Budding plants: Taking good care of budding plants should be the priority in summer. There are a few flowering plants which start budding in summer and thus if you don’t water them well, they are sure to dry out especially if they are growing in containers. Consider watering at least twice a week.
  2. Create a cool weather in the pots: Those plants which grow in pots like terracotta plants or cement plants are vulnerable to heat. So you should mulch them often along with watering. Also, change their position to minimize heat from sunlight during hot summers. Summers are prone to mosquitos which dwell in root rots, so minimize rotting. If pots dry out the plants in them consider keeping the plant in a bucket of water and then repot them.
  3. Water at the right time: Consider watering the plants when the sun is low. For instance early in the morning or just during sunset. This enhances plants to breathe well and photosynthesis can happen easily. Spraying plants with water often can help them look lively as well as retain moisture. You can also choose to use medication sprays to prevent insects from spoiling the plants.
  4. Nutrients: Usually in summer watering plants can be done occasionally so deep watering can be replaced by adding nutrients in the water. A soluble fertilizer with seaweed is the best recommended in summer. For fruit plantations potash can be used to retain the juiciness of fruits. It also improves immunity to fungi
  5. Maintaining lawns: Summer has a conception of brown lawns. This can be converted to green lawns by cutting laws at regular intervals in summer also like you do in other seasons. It is a myth that cutting lawns too low will scalp it in summer. You can mow them down as much as the mower permits. Use seaweed tonic to sustain moisture during summers. A nice summer lawn is the best to organize a cool night’s party.
  6. The flow of water: Check for leaks in the hosepipes and sprinklers in your garden and let the water flow at intervals properly without wastage. The best to irrigate plants during summers is a rainwater tank. If you have it stored in winter to use it for the dry days, then do ensure a mosquito mesh to avoid contamination.
  7. Gardening at cooler times: Do not burden yourself by working in the garden during the day that too when the sun is at its hottest/brightest. Choose cooler hours like the early morning or during sunset. It is safe both for you and the job. Best times are before 10 AM and after 4 PM during summers. Harvesting can be chosen to be done in the mornings and weeding, mowing the lawns can always be done to comfort in the evenings. Choose as per your comfort so that you don’t get frustrated with the heat.
  8. Saving the newborn: Newly germinated plants need some protection from the sun so you may think of using shade clothes, old net curtains, or hide those saplings under the leafy branches of other huge plants. This reduces the damage caused by the sun.
  9. Strategic shading: Placing plants at proper areas in order to keep them under the shade is important. A different strategy for each kind of plant has to be laid out. This is important in summers to avoid overheating. You may plan to grow some trees or bamboo in winter so that they shade the garden in summers. A pre-planned strategy for all those who want to have a summer garden.
  10. Pest Control: Termites, insects, and pests all take shade under the leaves in summer because even they want to keep themselves away from the heat. There are species which are known to attack wood during summers. So do a complete pest control routine at the start of summer and somewhere in between so that you avoid damages. Non-toxic products are now available in the market so that if you have kids playing in the garden, they are safe too.
  11. Recycled products: The best gardens are in recycled pots like glass pots, household tins converted into pots to grow plants. These are portable as well as hold moisture for longer hours. So save those empty bottles and upcycle them to work for plants. You may choose to grow tropical plantations as well in glass bottles since they hold moisture for longer durations. The best for hot summers.

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