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Handling Summer Gardening Issues

May 10

With the aid of these garden solutions, you can deal with the most typical issues in your garden.

In the garden, no matter how hard we try, things don't always go according to plan. Pests may harm plants, and weeds can become a nuisance if they are allowed to grow unchecked. Many of these annoyances may be avoided, though, if creative thinking and foresight are employed.

Insect attacks

Choosing plants that are resistant to greenfly or whitefly is a good first step for organic gardeners; but, you'll also want to avoid cultivating plants that are easy targets for these insects. Encourage the presence of birds in your garden, who devour a variety of insects. Planting flowers attracts aphid-eating ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies, and wasps. When everything else fails, use the forceful jet of a garden hose to exterminate bugs. Remember that if you use an insecticide, you may also be harming beneficial species that are already keeping the pests at bay. When a plant is well-fed, watered, and well-cared for, it is more equipped to withstand an attack than a weaker specimen.

Plants halting their blooming cycle

Many plants, such as sweet peas, will stop flowering if they are allowed to go to seed. Summer and fall are a great time for bringing in fresh flowers from the garden, so don't stop now! The garden will seem nicer as a result of the lack of fading flowers thanks to this method. Although Verbena (shown) blooms for a lengthy period of time without being deadheaded, it may disseminate its seed a bit too much. Remove wilted flowers to keep the arrangement appearing tidy and to prevent them from sprouting out in unexpected places.

The ground is a dull brown color

Don't waste your time and water attempting to keep your grass green if we have a hot summer. After a light rain, the grass will begin to grow and the lawn will begin to become green. Increasing the height of cut on the lawn mower will reduce browning during prolonged dry periods.

Moles

There are a variety of methods you may use to repel moles, such as shoving children's windmills into them and burying empty wine bottles with their necks up in the hills so that the wind whistles over the top. 'Mole movers' are vibrating metal spikes that can be driven into the ground and function quite well on clay soil, but are less successful on sandy soil. A mole catcher may be called in as a last option by desperate individuals.

Drooping flowers

A container or hanging basket's moisture supply is entirely dependent on you. Slow growth and eventual death might occur if the plants are allowed to dry out. Increasing the size of your containers will help them dry up more slowly. If you're going to be gone, ask a neighbor to water them at night (the water will be absorbed before it evaporates, which can happen if you water in the midday sun). Build an irrigation system with a timer on the tap if you have a lot of pots. You may save a lot of money in lost plants by using them. It's best to focus on the plants in your garden that need the most attention — those that are just beginning to grow and those that include vegetables. The roots of well-established shrubs and trees in healthy soil should allow them to locate water even during the driest of periods.

In the middle of the forest

To solve the problem, you need water that is crystal pure, but in the summer, that water may become pea soup green and be full with blanket weed. New ponds will always remain green, but if 'a balance' is found, the water should clear. Having enough submerged oxygenating plants and water lily leaves or other floating aquatics to provide shade and absorb nutrients is what creates this equilibrium in the pool. Even the tiniest ponds may rapidly get overheated, and blanket weed can become a persistent issue. The optimal depth in the center is between 60 and 100 centimeters. A garden cane can be used to eliminate blanket weed by wrapping it around the cane and dragging it away.

Weeds

Weeds can only grow when there is no room for them to spread. Get started by planting beds closer together so that cultivated plants take over the space more quickly than weeds; if there is no bare soil it is more difficult for weeds to take root. Ensure that the land is well prepared before you begin planting a new border. Ground elder and bindweed, both perennial weeds with thick roots, will sprout from shards that break off. Apply a 5cm-thick layer of mulch around your plants after you've removed all you can. Plant via holes cut into weed-suppressing membrane before mulching with bark chips in areas where weeds are particularly hard to get rid of Hoe off annual weed seedlings as soon as they're little, and they'll shrivel up in the heat and dryness. They will compete with your plants for light and nutrients if they grow too huge.