Gardening tips for Monsoon
Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade – Rudyard Kipling. You need to toil in your garden in order to preserve its beauty. Specially during the rainy season you need to provide equivalent efforts to beautify your green espace.
Here are the best gardening tips for Monsoon that will help you create a blissful garden:
1. Avoid Water Stagnation:
The accumulation of the rainwater in your garden is a major issue. It causes the soil nutrients to wash away and deprive the plants of all the nourishment. Thus, make provision for drainage and see to it that all the water moves out of the garden. Read about ways to prevent soil erosion during monsoon.
2. Prune, Prune and Prune:
Prune your plant with pruning & cutting tools as you see fit and take off the parts as soon as the rains hit. This is the right time for new shoots to grow but they will need some space for that.
3. Befriend the earthworms:
Utilize earthworms and fertilizers during the monsoon to ensure that your soil never loses its fertility. Earthworms also keep the soil aerated and make sure that the water percolates below the surface.
4. Pull out the weeds:
Weeding is an essential part of monsoon garden maintenance. Weeds can grow rapidly during the rains and thus soak up the nourishment intended for your plants. Hence, keep trimming your garden in timely intervals to avoid harmful growth.
5. Make provision for light in your garden:
Light becomes an issue of worry during the monsoons, especially if you have plants that are dependent on sunlight. Try using artificial sources of light in your garden to fulfill this need.
This is a quirky but very effective method to rid your garden of excessive monsoon insects. Allow some frogs or toads to enter your garden. They do no harm to your plants but keep your garden insect free!
6. DO NOT walk on the wet soil:
Another little detail is to avoid walking on wet soil, specifically where you intend to plant new saplings. This packs the soil particles together and squeezes out the necessary oxygen.
7. Use perforated sheets to protect your plants from heavy rain:
Perforated sheets are gaining popularity as an essential during the monsoon, much more so than the opaque sheets which hinder plant growth. Perforated sheets protect plants from excess rain while still giving them the moisture they need.
8. Remove the algae:
Finally, you’ll need to get your hands dirty (or not, use gloves of course!) and get rid of the slimy algae that begin to grow with the onset of the monsoon. Check your soil surface for the green algae patches and remove them immediately.
We hope that these tips have shed some light and cleared some confusion on how to maintain your home garden during the monsoon. It isn’t necessarily the time for trouble as it can also be the time for growth!
While the rain takes away the need to water your plants regularly, you still need to do your bit if you love your home garden. The monsoon and you will soon become a team, working for your garden.