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After the confinement caused by COVID-19, houses with terraces and, above all, those with large gardens, have experienced a huge upsurge since we can enjoy our small outdoor space full of privacy.
However, if we want a beautiful garden full of life, it requires sacrifice.
Nothing could be further from reality.
But if you really enjoy keeping your space zen, you will undoubtedly take a quality leap in your life.
In this article, we simply tell you chores to keep your garden looking its best.
Planning garden tasks
A garden requires planning and observance of monthly habits. vs
Depending on the level and volume of plants and trees you choose, the sacrifice will be more or less (and also the reward).
Some most important tasks and its date of execution are as follows:
- Leaf litter cleaning: Autumn (October and November).
- Size of trees and shrubs: in autumn or at the end of winter (depending on the species).
- Replantings and substitutions: late winter, early spring.
- Pest and disease control: all year round, but especially in spring and summer.
- Preparation of the swimming pool: mid-late spring, which requires cleaning of the bottom and walls, overchlorination of the water and maintenance of pressure equipment.
- Furniture cleaning: winter outing and spring preparation, to enjoy the outdoors in good weather.
- Plant fertilization: recovery of the soil after winter to stimulate new growth in the spring.
Wood treatments: Depending on the quality of the materials, some woods will need to be sanded and varnished to give them new life and reduce their progressive deterioration.
Occasional and infrequent tasks
In the previous point we made an overview of all the tasks, but it is also interesting classify them according to their frequency.
Occasional tasks are those of greater magnitude and effort, where everything is ready to be enjoyed mainly in spring and summer, in good weather.
In general, the key concept is cleaning.
At the plant level, cleaning dead leaves, weeds, pruning branches, etc.
At the house level, cleaning of furniture, walls, floors, porch structures, light points and the pool as a whole.
As we are in an outdoor environment where we may have young children, pets and insects living with us outside, it is worth looking for green cleaning products. All dispense with the use of highly persistent components that can become toxic if ingested or come into contact with fruits and vegetables.
This task of general and deep cleaning of all parts of the garden for its development can be done once a year, at the end of winter. The rest is pure daily and weekly maintenance.
If we have fertigation system (drippers or sprinklers, mostly), after winter, it’s time to tweak.
It is common to have a clogged dripper, a broken pipe or even a small part of the head awaiting replacement (keys, filters, programmer, etc.).
This work is simple but meticulous, and doing it once a year, at the end of winter, will be enough.
Weekly and maintenance tasks
Pest and disease control
Controlling the insects, fungi and bacteria that affect our plants is something that requires integrated monitoring almost daily.
In spring and summer, some pests, such as aphids or spiders, grow extremely quickly and, if we are not careful, can seriously damage our plants.
Therefore, this task mainly consists of prevention.
In this pest control guide you will find interesting information on the main pests and diseases that affect plants, as well as their control and prevention.
Fast growing grass and plants
the lawn in summer it grows dizzily, so it requires weekly maintenance of irrigation, fertilizer, weeding, aeration, pruning, etc.
Ideally, you should be looking for a comprehensive lawn chores guide, where you’ll find all the tips and the perfect time to get your lawn in top shape.
Subscriber and irrigation
without watering, plants can not spend spring and summer thriving. Although each plant and tree requires its own frequency of irrigation, in general we can standardize if our irrigation system is simple.
Usually in the spring water every 3 days and in summer, every 2 days. From there and depending on the plants we have, we play with the amount of water (irrigation time).
Subscriber is something similar. They are usually paid once a week or fortnightly, with particular emphasis at the start of budding and in flowering plants.
If we can automate it with the irrigation system, great, if not, we’ll have to apply it manually. In this case, we recommend easy-to-apply granular fertilizers.
The swimming pool brings immense added value to a garden, but it also requires an additional maintenance effort.
If we have already carried out the complete cleaning task, we will only have to maintain the water with sufficient quality (pH and chlorine, mainly), and clean daily and weekly any leaves or insects, dust residues that have remained at the bottom, with a bottom sweeper.