Summer is slowly coming to an end, not without problems for our gardens and vegetable gardens, which have suffered greatly from climatic hazards (drought and heat wave, thunderstorms, high winds, etc.). Very often, with the holidays, the gardener also takes a little to neglect the maintenance of the green spaces. Thus, between the burnt lawn like an old doormat, the breathless flowers and the fruits and vegetables that have been plunged into depression by the “beautiful season” we would almost forget that we still have a few long weeks to go. winter (also well prepared). To end the season in style and welcome the next with vitality, here are some tips for repairing summer damage in a yard and vegetable patch.
1) Be sure to weed the garden
If, on the other hand, your plants were suffering from the sun and drought, it didn’t impress the weeds! Weeds have indeed taken advantage of your plants being in a bad position to invite yourself and take all the space. Whether on the lawn, in the flower beds or in the vegetable garden, they are everywhere… Besides the natural weed killer you need a lot of elbow grease to pull everything out and clear the space! This should help limit the damage from these invasive plants!
2) Pamper your lawn
Sometimes it’s good to water it well save a grilled lawn that’s a bit yellowed by the heat. However, sometimes you have to sow when that is not enough. Then choose special seeds for express relining to close the gaps in the most bare spots. This speeds up germination and quickly hides the damage the summer heat has left on the garden. Otherwise, consider mowing the lawn at a height of 4 or 5 centimeters. This will give the garden a cleaner look and remove some of the weeds.
3) Clean up the plantations
Thin out your plants to make the garden more beautiful and vigorous! Illuminate with everything what is dry or damaged?, the plantations will be able to develop new shoots and continue to grow. Stripped of all the minor damages of summer, the garden will be alone healthier to welcome autumn. In addition, the gardener will see more clearly to prepare for the cold seasons! To do this you will need:
-Cut the damaged leaves and wilted flowers your annuals and perennials, but also your flowering shrubs (roses, hydrangeas, etc.) or vegetable garden plants (tomato plants, strawberries, raspberries, etc.).
– Prune perennials that have been sown in summer horizontally.
– Provide pruning shears for damaged stems and broken branches during thunderstorms or hail.
-Remove damaged fruits and vegetables irreparable, even rotten, and put them in the compost. If necessary, uproot the plants at the root and loosen the soil to prepare it for your future crops!
4) Take the opportunity to plant seasonal vegetables
In September, temperatures remain mild enough to sow well-chosen fruits and vegetables. For example, now is a good time to plant onions, leeks, spinach, lamb’s lettuce, radishes and winter lettuce! In addition, we can transplant a lot of fruits and vegetables at the end of summer. It’s about strawberries, curly chicory or why not an escarole.
5) Aerate the garden soil weakened by summer damage
Weather conditions can cause serious damage and completely change the nature of the soil. This is why many gardeners like to mulch the soil with the right mulch. This helps protect it! Without it, between a sun and torrential rain, the earth might as well settle then crack. Intervening to aerate the soil is therefore very important! Aeration of the soil makes the soil more porous. This allows air, water and nutrients to better reach the roots of your plants. To make it less compact, start by simply splitting the soil with your grelinette. To complete your efforts, take the time to hoe vegetables, shrubs and fruit trees well under your feet.
6) Don’t neglect water and soil adaptation
To give your plants a boost, nothing beats a good organic fertilizer or compost in a good layer at the base of the plants. Also think about water! As long as the temperatures are still moderately mild, it is better to water at the end of the day so that the plants and lawn can absorb water at night. Watering during the day would indeed tend to dry out too quickly and thus the vegetation cannot benefit from it…
Certain insect pests and harmful larvae continue to infest your garden (mites, beetles, aphids, caterpillars, etc.)? There are biological control agents against these parasites (traps, natural insecticides, natural enemies such as ladybugs, etc.). Consider going to a garden center or searching our site to find effective natural solutions.