The gardens in rainy season … or drought

The weather forecasts that appear on TV, do not leave a magic sphere that predicts the future. When it comes to climate and Mother Nature, it is very easy to make mistakes. Even when there are quite defined trends.

There are certain parameters and studies that help guide us regarding the weather. But the normal thing is that it moves at will and its movement can be erratic. Nowadays it is easier to predict certain atmospheric phenomena.

 

But at the moment of truth, if the sky wants to rain in pitchers or scare the clouds to let the sun pass, it does it without asking us.

So, instead of waiting to see where you want to move the climate, the ideal is to always be prepared for any change. Especially to protect our plants and gardens. Whether it rains too much or a drop does not fall, if we know what to do we will keep our plants happy and ready for whatever comes.

What to do when a lot of rain falls?:

Rain is a blessing for plants, although in excess it can be harmful to some. Especially if there is no good drainage in the field. The biggest indication of poor drainage is when the water stagnates too long on the ground. So let’s talk about some ideas on how to take advantage of the rains, even if they are torrential.

1) Create a rain garden

If you notice water stagnations in certain areas of the patio, the ideal is to promote better drainage in the ground.

Many times the land is compacted and does not allow the earth to absorb water. Then puddles are created that attract mosquitoes and drown the plants.

A rain garden is mainly a garden created so that the ground absorbs water better. This is achieved by digging a space deeper than the rest of the land and planting plants that promote this absorption.

 

Then we can direct the water that stagnates in other parts of the patio to this garden so that the earth absorbs it. The most common way to direct water is by creating a channel (that goes in decline) between the two points.

2) Fertilize

Nothing better than fertilizing the plants when it rains. There are people who annihilate their plants by excess fertilizer. But when doing it in the rainy season, you make sure that it is diluted enough and the plants can absorb it more easily.

3) Store the falling water

Save for when there is not. Whether in a barrel or in different vases, take advantage of heavy rains to store the water that falls from the sky. Rainwater is free of many of the chemicals that are used to purify the water that comes out of our faucets. Therefore, much more beneficial for our plants. Try to cover the vases or barrels and keep them in a cool place.

4) Take the plants out

Like us when we were little, plants like to go out into the yard when it rains. Take advantage of the rains to remove the pots and pots that you have inside the house. Let the water clean the leaves and absorb rainwater as it falls from the clouds.

5) Control the weeds

If you have thought about throwing some chemical to control the seeds in the lawn, the rainy weather is the best moment. Many of these chemicals, apart from removing weeds, can burn the lawn. But when it is diluted with a lot of water, this possibility is reduced. Use the water that comes free from the sky.

6) New grass plant

When the lawn is newly planted, it needs a lot of water and every day. At least in what holds firm to the ground. Take advantage of the rainy season and save yourself time, money and work that involves watering every day.

What to do when there is no drop of water?:

Unless you are a cactus or a succulent, droughts do not come well to anyone. In times of drought, they suffer from plants, gardens, and all animals.

And although these times are unavoidable, we can maximize our resources and learn to be more effective in protecting our plants.

1) Water in the morning

When we water our plants before the sun is hot, we are giving time for the soil to absorb the water, to pass it to the deeper layers and the plants to absorb more easily. If we wait for the hot sun the water can evaporate before it reaches many of its roots.

2) Drip irrigation

It is proven that drip irrigation is much more effective than passing a hose to the whole field. Drip irrigation saves water and keeps the ground slightly humid all the time. Allowing the soil and roots to absorb water slowly.

3) Place mulch, mulch or chip

The mulch or mulch is an economical way to keep moisture in the ground. Since it helps the sun does not hit it directly and the water evaporates so easily. It also minimizes the germination of many seeds of weeds.

4) Use plastic shreds

Plastic pots retain moisture better because they are not porous like mud. When a pot is porous it allows the evaporation of the water to round return. They are also much cheaper and can be very durable.

5) Prune branches and dry leaves

When the environment is dry it is the best time to eliminate the dead matter. Pruning in very humid times can promote fungi in bad cuts or broken branches.

Also, many pests take advantage of the branches and dry leaves to make their nests. So it is best to eliminate them before tenants arrive to take shelter when there is rain.

6) Create compost

Take advantage of all the dry leaves and branches that appear in times of drought to create homemade compost. This will serve as a natural fertilizer for the rest of the year. It will also help you improve any terrain where you use it.

Whether it is rainy or dry, the most important thing is to maximize the available resources and make the most of the gifts of Mother Nature.

In the end, you will be recycling and at the same time improving the appearance of your plants, your gardens and improving your quality of life.

 

 

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