Gardening

Work on the garden in the summer

The summer garden

Summer is a critical time for the garden. June is one of the most floriferous months and the climate is usually quite mild … but moving towards July, temperatures become higher and rainfall scarce: regular irrigation therefore becomes fundamental. The many maintenance and prevention works should not be neglected: they are those that will guarantee a garden, healthy, flowery and tidy until autumn.

Summer garden watering


From mid-June the temperatures become high; rainfall, on the other hand, is scarce. Thunderstorms provide relative relief because large quantities of water struggle to penetrate the surface of the soil, made compact by drought: permeability can be improved by engaging in regular hoeing of the soil. The frequency and abundance of irrigations then depend on the specific needs of the plants. In general it is advisable to proceed in the morning or in the evening, first wetting the surface and passing again afterwards to distribute more abundantly. We avoid light and assiduous administrations: besides being useless, they stimulate the production of superficial roots making the plants less autonomous. Remember to wet the leaves as little as possible: we will reduce the impact of cryptogams.

Fertilization


With the end of spring, many plants reach the end of their flowering cycle. Some, like modern roses, need a new stimulus to return to grow and produce buds for autumn: it is therefore good to distribute an adequate dose of slow release granules with a good supply of potassium.

Other essences, on the other hand, have already passed the peak of flowering and are unable to replicate it. However, by stimulating vegetative growth, we will significantly improve performance in the following year: we therefore recommend a product with a balanced formulation.

It is also important to continue to support annuals and pot plants: the best results are obtained with liquid products to be administered by irrigation or foliar nebulization.

Pest control


The great heat weakens the plants making them more prone to pest attacks. The impact of the most common phytophages can be reduced by periodically nebulizing products based on pyrethrins or pyrethroids, but only if strictly necessary in order not to damage the pollinators. Instead, it is necessary to intervene promptly if the red spider appears: it can spread in a short time and cause considerable damage. For the fight we prefer specific acaricides; to increase its effectiveness, we shade as much as possible and increase the ambient humidity.

Cryptogams have an important impact in June and September: let’s prevent them with copper or sulfur-based aids, depending on the specific condition. We avoid the central hours for the administration (in order not to risk burns) and repeat in case of rain.

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