[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
To have a looked after, blooming and trimmed garden is our shared goal. In order to succeed, it takes perseverance, expertise, passion and attention. Sudden temperature changes, odd weather conditions, pests and any small oversight can frustrate our efforts.
Here we are with 8 easy tips to follow to be sure we are properly looking after our garden during summertime.
Grass grows faster in summer, but to cut it too short can prove to be counter-productive. We recommend to cut it more frequently, so weeds will not have the time to get strong and to produce seeds, and to have it mown just a bit more frequently than usual. A piece of advice that may sound banal, but that actually is not: to mow grass when it’s dry only, to avoid cut strings to fall on the turf and to create a dangerous layer, which suffocates it and facilitates the proliferation of funguses.
Our garden needs water. if you love to spend time surrounding yourself with plants and flowers, hand watering is the perfect choice, as you can measure the good amount of water for each flower and plant. If you don’t have time, or you are away on vacation, you can turn to watering systems that can save you some money other than time, thanks to specific programs that make sure no water more than the necessary is going to waste. The best times for watering are dawn or sunrise, as the temperature of both the air and the soil are lower and the quantity of evaporated water will be lower.
Try to have the soil watered slowly and homogenous, as it is the only way water can be properly absorbed so the need for water of the soil, the flowers and the plants can be satisfied. Also, avoid pouring watering as it may drag and move the surface of the soil.
You can still enjoy the pleasure of seeing nature to awake and to be greatly satisfied…even when summer is blooming! Summer blooming is not unusual at all: sunflowers are amazing flowers that can truly get majestic when looked after properly.
You could decide to decorate a corner of your garden or a wall of your house with climbing plants such as wisteria and honeysuckle, with bushes of hortensias, roses or amazingly smelling lavender.
Summer pruning is also called “green pruning” and it is performed in order to limit the plants to develop excessively, to get rid of smallest and dry branches and to increase the sap supply towards fruits so they can grow in dimensions. Of course we are not talking about a severe pruning as the one we would perform during other seasons, but it is respectful of the needs of plants as it avoid the photosynthesis process to excessively slow down.
Summer is the best time to perform such an intervention, as vegetation process is at its peak and this promotes not only the healing of the plant but also its regrowth to be complete in time for winter rest.
For ornamental plants, pruning has a more aesthetic reason, ad they get to the top of their splendour this time of the year. Just restrict yourself to a trim, so blooming will be more intense and the plant will not excessively expand. The time in-between June and July will be the best one to thin climbing plants such as wisteria, roses and honeysuckle out.
As for fruit trees (apples, kiwis, plumes): try and have the smallest branches trimmed and to give the inner part of the plant the most of the light: this way fruits will have more light, they will be more coloured and they will taste better. Have you ever noticed as apples get more red on the most exposed to sunlight parts of the fruit?
Always check your plants and flowers carefully. During the warm season fruit trees such as plum and peach trees are likely to be infested by a fungus that can easily degenerate in a disease called “moniliasis”. If you notice some withered leaves and branches, you should take action quickly. Cut and get rid of the damaged parts, to avoid the whole plant to die.
Summer is the peak season for weeds proliferation (and, as a consequence, for backaches given by their eradication). Never let your guard down, as they grow quickly and everywhere. Weeds must be eradicated with their roots, so you’ll have to use a small hoe and sink it deep into the ground to completely eradicate the plant and then have it removed.
If you own some vase plants, make sure they never are in the sunlight but place them in a shadowy place so they won’t get burned. Be careful with the choice of the vase itself: if it’s made out of plastic or it’s in dark colour, the topsoil is likely to heat up and roots could suffer from that and dry.
Check for your vases plants often to avoid the topsoil to get to the point it is to dry to make watering effective.
Once you are done with taking care of your garden, enjoy it. It’s your creature, where you live your most relaxing and carefree moments. It’s there with the purpose of being enjoyed: to play with your family, or with your dog. Invite friends and family over. After all the hard work, after the time you spent to preserve it and make it nice, lose yourself in your green corner and let your senses enjoy the results of your work.
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