Floods, hail, drought: how to take care of your garden in summer?

In July and August, on the one hand, there is more time for gardening, but also more temptation to leave your garden without maintenance for periods of absence of up to several weeks. How to avoid finding your green setting in a bad state after the hot days of summer? Between floods and droughts, how do you keep your garden healthy? Here are landscaper Xavier Poillot's 5 tips for having a beautiful garden all summer long.

  Floods, hail, drought: how to take care of your garden in summer?

Heat and dryness: tips to avoid heatstroke

When you return from vacation, it is possible that the foliage of your deciduous plants is bare. Indeed, these species lose their leaves in case of high temperatures. Don't worry though: water the soil heavily as soon as you return and then regularly to allow the plant to sprout new leaves (30 liters per shrub every 3 days). Once rehydrated, a new Spring awaits your garden! In addition, I strongly advise pruning the plants before leaving: by removing about a third of the leaves, we reduce the needs of the plant which will better withstand heat peaks.

Another trick that works in both summer and winter is mulching. The process is very simple: after scratching the soil around the base of the plant, cover the soil with a layer of insulation. Preferably, choose straw, wood chips, grass clippings... Gravel is also very effective: aesthetic, it reflects the sun's rays, preserving the earth from heat. This system allows the land to be aerated and protected from the sun's rays in summer. In winter, the insulation offers additional protection against temperature drops.

Finally, prevention is better than cure! The saying takes on its full meaning in the garden: by designing a garden where the large plants will shelter the smaller ones from the sun's rays, we ensure that they withstand the summer better. This advice is also valid for potted plants: create a play of shadows and lights, in order to protect the smallest plants. In any case, it is best to take advice from a landscaping company on the optimal layout of the plantations.

Watering: leave with peace of mind!

To prevent plants from drying out in summer, the optimal solution is integrated watering. Fully automated, the systems installed by landscape gardeners make it possible to deliver the right amount of water to the plants, and thus avoid any waste thanks to a probe that measures the humidity of the soil and the air. On the budget side, it is necessary to count between 3,000 and 4,000 € installation included for a model covering between 200 and 300 m².

For more modest gardens, I encourage vacationers to soak the pots: we overwater the entire environment of the plants. The soil will become waterlogged and the plants will thus have a reserve of water available, giving you 10 days of respite. On your return, if your plants have still suffered from the lack of water, do the same operation so that they recover more quickly.

Extreme conditions, simple solution!

Worried about storms and winds sweeping through your haven? I advise you to prune the large branches, especially the weakened and horizontal branches that risk breaking. Any damage can be anticipated very well by reducing the branches by a third or half. You can also install stakes to prevent large branches from giving way.

Another plague in summer, especially for broadleaf plants: hail. To protect banana trees and hostas, it is necessary to cover the plant with small-mesh nets (similar to protective nets in ponds). They will cushion the fall of hailstones while letting the plant breathe.

Many gardens suffered from flooding during the month of June. Warning: as long as there is water, do not intervene, at the risk of causing more damage. Once the water has receded, your landscaper recommends that you wash the plants to remove the mud and allow them to breathe: covered with soil, the leaves suffocate and no longer produce chlorophyll.

Also aerate the soil by scratching the crust of earth that forms on the surface to re-oxygenate the soil and activate microbial life.

Fruit trees, vegetable gardens… Enjoy your harvest.

Many individuals have fruit trees, but are on vacation at harvest time or find fruit in poor condition. To avoid overproduction, the trick is to practice 'green harvesting', i.e. picking about a quarter to a half of the amount of fruit about a month and a half before harvest. The result ? the branches are relieved and will break less, the remaining fruits have more sap, they will be prettier, less susceptible to parasitic attacks and much tastier.

And to avoid waste, don't forget to tell your neighbors and those around you to help yourself in your absence!

Design your summer garden.

Summer is the time when you enjoy your garden the most. This is the ideal time to identify bright corners and shady areas, and call a landscape expert who can help you optimize the design of your garden. Thus, it will be able to offer a summer terrace perfect for a lunch with friends, sufficiently shaded, and another space for summer evenings, still receiving the sun in the early evening. The whole art of the landscape gardener is to take people where they have never been. Summer is for dreaming, not for getting started on big jobs: make an appointment during the summer with your company to prepare for the work of the fall!

In partnership with Unep - Landscaping Companies. - BCP Landscapes -  Xavier Poillot

Source journaldesfemmes.fr