Check out some amazing Garden Maintenance Tips for Monsoon that will help you keep the plants in good health throughout the season!
Rainfall is a boon for plants as it stimulates new growth and revives the green life. But, there are some things that you must keep in your mind to keep them safe and healthy. Have a look at some important Garden Maintenance Tips for Monsoon in India!
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Garden Maintenance Tips for Monsoon
Plants in the garden already have access to plenty of water during the rainy season.
- Water only when the topsoil in the container or garden bed feels dry to touch.
- Collect rainwater in a container and use it to water the plants, as it is less mineral-laden than tap water.
Make sure the soil for the container as well as the garden is well-draining, porous, and is not compact. Use a well-draining commercial potting mix for the container plants.
- Make your own soil by blending equal parts of garden soil, peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand.
- For gardens, you can amend the soil by mixing compost or well-rotted manure for improving drainage.
Ensure that the container plants have ample drainage holes in the bottom, and are not clogged.
- Keep a filter paper just above the drainage holes in the container, so that water can freely drain out without soil from the planter.
- For garden plants, either grow them on a raised beds or carve a narrow trench for channeling excess water outside the garden.
- Use soil that is high in perlite for container plants. Also, lay a layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot.
Small saplings and seedlings are fragile and are susceptible to easily get damaged from heavy rains.
- You can bring potted ones inside, or on the patio.
- For garden beds, consider providing some shelter of curtain, shade, or sheet. Avoid the use of totally opaque material, as it may hamper plant growth by blocking light and air.
- Prefer perforated sheets instead of plastic ones, as they allow better aeration and some moisture. These also prevent soil erosion during heavy rains.
5. Pruning and Deadheading
Plants should be pruned, and trimmed before the arrival of the monsoon.
- Snip off all the dead and decaying leaves and branches to keep the plant in a healthy state.
- Also, trim the plants to render a new and prolific growth.
- In flowering plants, once the blooms start withering or wilting, snip them off the stem. It will encourage new growth.
During monsoons, pests attack the foliage and plants.
- The best time to spray pesticide and fungicide is during the early morning or the evening.
- Consider using organic neam oil or insecticidal soap solution. You can spray it in 7-10 days.
Weeds are unwanted plants that compete with garden plants for nutrients.
- Weeding should be done prior to the onset of the monsoon. It will prevent them from absorbing essential nutrients from the soil.
8. Healthy Garden Friends
During the rainy season, earthworms, toads, and frogs appear more frequently. Earthworms provide minerals like phosphorus, calcium, nitrogen, and magnesium to the soil, inducing better growth of the plant.
- Collect some earthworms in a bucket and spread them on the garden bed.
It is advised to not feed the plant during the rainy season, else it will do more harm than good.
- Feed plants with organic and balanced fertilizer prior to the rainy season, approximately 15-20 days before the rainfall.
- You can also apply slow-release fertilizers like well-rotted manure and organic compost.