Check out some Practical Tips to Care for Your Garden in Monsoon that will help you to keep the plants in good shape in the rainy season!
The rainy season in India is considered a boon for plants as it gives a new lease of life to them. If you too want to make the most of it, here are some Practical Tips to Care for Your Garden in Monsoon!
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Practical Tips to Care for Your Garden in Monsoon
During monsoon, excess water or moisture is the topmost reason for a plant’s demise. Garden plants barely need watering during the rainy season, so avoid watering the plants if there are rains in your area.
If you have potted plants in your yard, make sure that you are keeping them in the shade so that they don’t end up getting drenched excessively.
Make sure that the containers in your patio, lawn, or garden have ample drainage holes. Also, do ensure these drainage holes are not clogged up.
You can also make raised beds in the garden for better rainwater management. Avoid making pits around the garden plants and make a narrow trench for channeling excess water outside the garden.
Well-draining soil is the most important factor for the healthy growth of garden plants, especially in monsoons. Make sure that the soil you choose is fast-draining, especially for potted plants. DIY it by mixing equal parts of garden soil, peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand.
The garden bed soil can also be mixed with organic matter like compost or manure for amending its drainage.
4. Pruning and Deadheading
Prune and deadhead the plants before the onset of the monsoon. Pruning helps new shoots to form and also aid in branching and growth. The rainy season will induce more growth and flowering for the upcoming months.
For flowering plants, when blooms start to wither or wilt, snip them off the stem. It will induce new growth and will also increase the flowering span.
Earthworms mostly come out during the rainy season. You can collect them in a container and spread them onto your garden bed. They make the garden soil more fertile, porous, and allow better air circulation.
Their castings provide beneficial minerals like phosphorus, calcium, nitrogen, and magnesium to the soil, hence stimulating better plant growth.
6. Protection to Young Saplings
Small saplings and seedlings are fragile and need some protection from the heavy rains. Provide appropriate shelter to the saplings with the help of shade, curtains, or sheets, or bring containers indoors.
Also, you should prefer perforated sheets instead of plastic ones to cover these saplings or fragile plants in the open garden or terrace space, as they will provide water and air to the plants.
Spray pesticides on the plants, right after the first rain. Since most of the pests and insects suck on the sprouting fresh leaves, it will be wise to spray the plant with a solution of neam oil or insecticidal soap, once in 7-10 days, at this time to stop their attack.
Also, use fungicide or pesticide during the morning hours.