Weeds, heat, aphids … Just time to say “whew” that they may have destroyed our efforts. To avoid this, here are some simple tips to help your garden to “pass” was the serenity.
Steps in the Japanese Garden
Trampling the lawn, most lawn lovers are horrified. Then imagine creating a movement easy: not the Japanese. The pitch used in Japanese Zen gardens to cross a river or symbolic to enter the garden.
What equipment to choose? Choosing materials: Each step must withstand a whole size up to ensure a true walking comfort. A good average size: 30 cm we can opt for flat slabs of stone, aware of the risk of skidding in wet weather. Alternatively, bricks, pavers or self-blockers to be less slippery. To consider also: wooden logs, very natural but aging rapidly. Avoid slates, too brittle tiles and slabs of outdoor activities that give an artificial appearance to the garden.
How? Move the selected elements along the chosen path. Take the test path for the whole family. Large and small. The right distance will be approximately 55 cm between steps. Once positioned elements, dig the soil lightly, place a bed of sand and place each slab wedging well. This system can be easily changed if you want to change the path.
Tip: Do not use materials in bright colors but opt instead for natural elements that will blend into the lawn.
The heat and humidity make the grass grow, good and bad. Some weeds are particularly unsightly for those who want a perfect lawn. Journal of the guilty … If we can let them live a few daisies so lovely with their white petals, it is better to eliminate one by one:
- Plantains with big ears and long green leaves.
- The white-flowered pimpernel
- The buttercup yellow petals with
- Attention to the roots very swivel
- The Dandelion embossed leaves and yellow flowers
- The white clover or quack grass with ears of grain and narrow leaves.
All these plants are perennial except chickweed and their effect is reinforced by the various clippings. If you do not use chemical weed killers, remove each foot with a gouge, asparagus, being careful to remove all roots. Enjoy your inspection of the lawn for a review of possible undesirable insects present:
- Chafer: they eat the grass in patches
- Ants: the presence of small mounds of earth with their presence prevents
- Moles: The mounds are spread on the ground. Enjoy this good earth sifted for your seedlings.
Tip: Choose products that combine fertilizer and weed killer lawn special. They make it easy and save time.
Help my new lawn yellowing
You just sow a new lawn. Beware of heat strokes. If you come to sow the lawn, avoid trampling the area until the grass is not at least 4-5 inches high. In growing season, grasses need plenty of moisture. For this and if you suspect a heat stroke during a few days, do every other day to watering. Prefer the end of the day to avoid as much evaporation, and use apples very fine jet spray so as not to uproot young seedlings. When your lawn has been well just make you watering per week on heavy land and two to three waterings per week for light soils and sandy.
If you have a large water surface, you can choose between the devices you need to swing to move frequently to cover the area, and rotating sprinklers are more easily adjustable. Wait at least 6 weeks before performing the first cut and place the blades in position. In dry weather, hold this high position in order not to make too yellow lawn. Avoid using fertilizers that may burn the young grasses and similarly do not use weed killer until at least 6 months. The annual and perennial weeds may be removed by hand using a wooden board that you move on wet grass.
Lawn: how to fight against chiggers?
What could be more pleasant than relaxing in the green grass? Yes but when it’s hot, there are often chiggers, then what? Chiggers are tiny mites that reproduce at high speed in lawns well exposed to sunlight. Their bites are very unpleasant and can cause allergies.
How to avoid them? You should know that mites do not like water. So if you water your lawn regularly, the mites will seek shelter farther. Alternatively, the flower of sulfur that kills mites. Lie in heavily on the lawn once a week. You can also sprinkle your feet if you want to walk barefoot. If you find that your lawn is infected, treat with an insecticide containing Dicofol. Attention to be effective, this treatment must be renewed every 15 days and the lawn can be used for a few days after treatment. If you prefer natural methods, drinking mint works well and then the lemon grass. Finally, a few feet of mint and lemon balm may help to remove most of the mites.
Care for aquatic plants
The heats of June can promote the appearance of algae and the onset of rot in ponds are not adequately filtered or oxygenated. Some tips on preparing for the summer.
- Remove algae formation quite scrubbing with a brush the edges of the basin.
- Do not feed the fish can find their own food. With the heat, flies and other insects they will do.
- Add fresh water in the basins during heavy weather. Please do not add ice water to avoid stressing the fish. Let the water run a few minutes before pouring into the basin, especially if your water is hard.
- Remove excess leaves of plants.
- Install oxygenating plants: Myriophyllum, Elodea …
- Plant frost-free aquatic plants: For pools with less than 30 cm (water: water arum, water iris, papyrus, dwarf water lily. For basins with 30 cm of water: water hyacinth, pond lily, orontium
Tip: If you have fish in your pond, install your plants in pots mesh-lined jute and covered with a gravel bed. This will prevent the fish to nibble and earth to escape.
Treat Lupins against aphids
Lupins are often attacked by aphids. June is the time of year where you must protect it for a good flowering. Lupins give their best? Themselves in a land without a well-drained limestone. They are resistant to drought but can suffer from attacks of aphids. These attacks occur mostly when the weather is hot and humid. The lush foliage and curved lupins allows the larvae to thrive away from the eyes of gardeners.
Aphids: how to get rid of it? It was found that the coexistence of lupines and roses drew particularly aphids. This will avoid planting them in the near distance (4-5 meters or more) in a solid. Then, a good drenching the foliage at night should help eliminate some of the larvae. Finally, by taking them as soon as possible, we can install the larvae of ladybirds in a few weeks should make them formidable feast of aphids. Be careful not to succumb to chemical treatment that would also eliminate the beetles. When we move to natural treatments, is for the whole season.
Tip: Install larvae near some tufts of nettles which are large tanks aphids. Nettles will serve as nurseries for beetles before the big trip to your lupins.
Trees and shrubs: how to protect them from heat?
Now we plant all year plant in containers. But beware of the hot weather in June, which can have grave consequences for fragile plants.
If you just installed the young shrubs or trees, watch the first heat. These plants are still fragile. Their root system is not yet installed and the evaporation of large leaves can cause great stress. Therefore, if you have not planted yet, wait until fall, install the container in the shade of a tall tree, especially not in a basement or porch and water them regularly. Plants as well get used to the heat without imposing a dry regime.
If your trees are already planted, do not panic, with a few precautions, they will spend the summer without incident. Take care in watering. To be effective, water at least twice a week in the evening than the morning to avoid excessive evaporation and promote absorption of water by surface roots. Create a basin around the tree, again to allow a more efficient watering. Quantity side, if it is hot and dry, pour at least 20 liters per irrigation for shrubs and 40 liters for a tree. Remember to weed the foot of the trees because the vegetation will absorb the water before the roots of the plant. If you have a straw, have to walk around the bushes. This mulch limit evaporation, maintains a relative humidity at ground level, and prevents the proliferation of weeds. Finally, in these extreme circumstances, consider placing on top of the tree, a translucent black veil example that will filter the strong light, thus avoiding burn out young leaves.
Tip: Continue regular watering even if the temperature drops or there are few waterings. This is the only condition that the young trees take root properly.
To provide shade for young trees
Young trees are fragile. You’ve planted in late winter and their root systems do not yet allow it to withstand the sun and dehydration. To prevent heat-stroke, consider watering the young trees and shrubs at least once a week, very thoroughly. 30 to 40 liters per tree are needed to hydrate the soil depth. This is even more true than this season, the grass surface compete with trees. You might also consider to provide shade for your trees so they do not suffer too much.
To do this, obtain a simple veil of light that you will tend forcing four poles arranged on either side of the sapling. One can also find in some nurseries in the shade cloth found on professional greenhouses and shade can vary between 10 and 90%. These paintings allow very effective to limit the action of UV and remove the soil from drying out. Install these nurseries from June to August but do not let them fall as trees and shrubs need a temperature difference to show their foliage color.
Treat your citrus
Lemon trees and other warm climate fruit require special care to give good harvests. Calamansi, bigarradier, orange and lemon, along with avocado and feijoas seeking care to give good fruit.
Add at the foot of each tree a handful of golden brown lightly scratching the surface.
Water without excess, do not include bowls that are formed too stagnant irrigation water.
Avoid watering with hard water if possible by recycling rainwater.
Inspect the foliage may be attacked by scale insects. Check in particular revealing the presence of ants in a colony of aphids or scale insect larvae …
Dealing with specific products when using them at night and dry weather.
If your trees are stunted, use a special citrus fertilizer, usually reserved for potted plants.
Our selection of resistant varieties:
- The calamansi with its fragrant flowers and fruit, miniature
- 4 seasons the lemon, Citrus Limon ‘Eureka’
- The Citrus reticulata ‘Satsuma’ seedless
- Lemon Poretta, very fragrant and has good resistance to harsh living conditions.