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MAINTENANCE OF HOME GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES IN SUMMER

The day stretches. The average temperatures become more uniform and higher. Nature is full of color. Many trees and shrubs are in bloom. We can enjoy the aroma of roses, jasmine, honeysuckle, gradenia, linden, lavender, etc. When the extreme heat and drought arrive, the plants come to rest. It is the ideal moment to contemplate the garden from the best perspective: lying under the shade of the trees.

Lagerstroemia
Spectacular flowering of the lagerstroemia in full month of July

Plants at their best: Roses, lilies, lagerstroemia, bougainvillea, santolina, gladiolus, cane of India, agapantos, gardenias, wormwood, acanthus, peonies, buttercups, carnations, poppies, geraniums, verbenas, lavender, hydrangeas, oleander, jara , Hibiscus, laburnum, pomegranate, catalpa, magnolia, linden tree, paradise tree.

JOBS

Planting: In June we can plant the herbaceous plants. Later they can plant annual resistant and biennials.

Multiplication: Good time to esquejar oleanders , geraniums , coleos , fuchsias , etc. The seeds are collected from many plants that bloomed in spring. The iris rhizomes are divided every two or three years, eliminating the old centers and replanting the ends. The mats that have finished the flowering can also be divided.

Pruning: Perennial hedges will prune after the first spring growth. Maintenance cuts will continue throughout the Summer.
The flowers are removed as they wither. Plants that have already bloomed also prune, eliminating old, broken or diseased wood. The stems that have had flower are shortened to stimulate the growth. With strong heat there are fewer blooms.
The pruned camellias , to lighten them . Pruning of the lilos . Some plants are pinched to make them thicker. In the dahlias and chrysanthemums some floral buds are removed so that those that remain become larger.

Irrigation : Gradually it will become more abundant and frequent. When you squeeze the heat it will be watered in the coolest hours, taking care that there is never a lack of water. Watering in full sun is a waste (by evaporation) and a danger (plants can be burned by the magnifying effect of water droplets). From time to time the foliage will be refreshed. The cuvettes should not be left in the sun so they will not spoil and prevent possible burns to the plants with the water they contain.
The climate is tempered by September. The second stage of annual growth is about to begin. The irrigations will become more spaced and in the colder areas will not be done at night.

Subscriber : At the beginning of the season a surface subscriber will be made of the acid soil plants. In August, it is not advisable to pay, except for the annual ones that bloom, so that they continue to do so.

Training: Climbers are fastened as they grow. Plants that need it stagnate.

Soil: Weedings in beds and massifs. The quilts are touched up. Acid soil plants (azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias) and those newly planted are cushioned. Annual plants should keep the soil moist for good flowering. At the end of the season should work the massifs that have remained free of plants, to prepare the autumn planting.

Cleaning: Dry annuals are removed from the land. In August will be a general cleaning of plant remains, avoiding the possible appearance of pests.

Problems: Control the appearance of aphids in the rose bushes. Weeds should be monitored, since conditions are ideal for their proliferation. A constant manual control of these perminte keep them at bay without having to resort to herbicides, which are toxic and harmful. There may be occasional storms with hail hail.

The Lawn: The season begins and it is not advisable to plant until the Fall. It is paid before the intense heat arrives. It is watered more and more often, never letting the soil dry and ensuring that the water reaches the roots well. For this it is better to water less abundantly than many superficially. More frequent mowing, with weekly cuts in the hours of less heat.
When the strong heat arrives the grass will grow less and more yellowish. The irrigations will be daily, up to two times if necessary. The cuts are then spaced and made taller. But if we have a lot of humidity besides the heat, the opposite happens: the grass grows a lot and it has to be mown up to twice a week. A light subscriber can be made, for example with nitrogen fertilizer, to recover the greenery. You can also add some iron. Weeds should be removed continuously.
At the end of the Summer we can prepare the ground for the next planting.
Bulbs: In June we can plant summer flowering bulbs. In August can already be planted those of autumnal bloom. When the leaves have been bloomed, they are removed from the soil and stored. Summer blooms are fertilized to develop well. The land that has been cleared must be thoroughly excavated. from

Rosales: The dried flowers are removed, for aesthetics and to stimulate more flowering. Sick or defective buds are removed. Watch out for aphid attacks . The mildew can be a problem, so it is best to start with preventive treatments. After the first flowering can be fertilized.

Indoor plants: When the heat begins, you can remove the delicate plants, progressively, and keep them in the shade.

Fruit Trees: Watch out for the red spider. Do not use systemic insecticides on the ripe fruit, since you will not have time to remove them. Attention to the branches overloaded with fruits, maybe they should prop up so they do not break. Irrigation should not be lacking to feed the crop. In the middle of the season you can collect and preserve many fruits.

The Pond: Since June we can plant the water as we are in the ideal time for its development. Remove floating algae so they do not overwhelm other plants and fish. It is convenient to oxygenate the water with some source, for which a trickle from 25 cm is enough. Of height. The water will also be gradually renewed and the losses caused by evaporation will be restored. The plant remains that fall to the pond are removed. Fish feed more often. In very small ponds and fish should be monitored not to overheat the water. If we do not have fish mosquitoes can proliferate. The water lilies will bloom in the middle of the season.

MACHINERY, TOOLS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES NEEDED FOR HOME GARDENING

Whatever our garden or our garden practices it is necessary to provide us with a minimum of tools. They are something like an extension of the gardener himself, without which many tasks will be more difficult, dangerous or directly impossible. This equipment does not have to be acquired suddenly, with the expense and effort that would entail. It can be expanded with time and according to our experience, budget and particular needs. We can also resort to borrowing, if we find someone sufficiently equipped and with enough generosity and patience. Although to this we should only resort to familiarize ourselves with the tool or decide on a specific model.

Anyway, the garden material will always be a good investment that will become profitable right away. It is better to spend a little more buying quality tools. A good tool we will use for years, maybe every day, with the help, ease and even pleasure that this entails. The gardener’s clothing is also important, for hygiene, comfort and safety it is appropriate to dress appropriately to work in the garden.
Below are some of the most basic utensils that should always be handy in our garage or garden shed.

THE HAT

The sun is a most serious danger to the gardener. What is work or a hobby can end up becoming a tremendous nightmare. Unless we take some measures that are quite simple: avoid the hours of greater sunshine, cover ourselves and use protective cream …

Garden hat
GLOVES

Gloves keep hands clean and prevent injuries to them when handling plants, tools, machinery, etc. They protect us from thorns, sharp and sharp objects and also from dangerous chemicals such as lime or pesticides …

Garden hat
THE CAPABLE

The doormat is a good alternative to the wheelbarrow for a small garden. It is useful at the time of cleaning, such as picking leaves, pruning debris or the garden or while sweeping. It is used to collect the harvest in the orchard or as an aid to move soil, mulch, stones …

Garden hat
PRUNING SHEARS

Cutting tools are essential in the garden. With them we heal the plants, removing the withered stems and the old or diseased wood. They serve to shape, shape the structure and stimulate the development of trees, shrubs and hedges by pruning or grafting …

Folding garden ladder
STAIRS

The garden ladder should be light so that it can be moved and manipulated. The lighter ones are made of aluminum, although they are more expensive than iron ones. It should be foldable, so that it occupies little space when we store it and if we need to transport it can be carried comfortably in the trunk of the car …

Garden hat
THE LITTLE CAR

It is a very useful invention for the elderly and, in general, for those who are not in a position to make efforts. We will always move more weight with the cart than we would by hand, and with less risk and fatigue. There are various types, prices and sizes …