Tips and tricks for a green monsoon
With the approaching monsoons, a lively and vibrant mood sets in. Monsoons are always the most welcoming season of the year considering the reducing amount of rainfall that our cities have seen in the past few years. Ceaseless deforestation and increasing number of high rise structures are a root cause of change in the weather and climatic imbalance. People these days crave to welcome the raindrops with open arms. Having said that if you have the space, then a terrace garden or a lawn can be beautifully designed to have a perfect outdoor green space for self relaxation and enjoyment. Monsoons are also a friendly time for your green plants as well as the most beautiful part of the year. However, there a few considerations that need to be kept in mind for terrace design and monsoon gardening.
From design point of view its always advisable to have a covered sitting on your terrace garden so that you can enjoy the space irrespective of the weather. In case of monsoons too sitting under a covered outdoor structure like a pergola or a gazebo would be a perfect idea. One can go in for retractable roof which gives the option of both a covered as well as open roof.
Being careful about choosing the right outdoor furniture is important. The material of the outdoor furniture should be maintenance-free and waterproof. Faux cane outdoor furniture is one of a safer option of garden furniture. Also, using outdoor furniture covers is an extra protection that can be given to your outdoor furniture. Outdoor furniture covers should be of exact size of the furniture. If it’s too large then water can seep in and if it is too small or tight then it can cause abrasion to your furniture.
Just as you are careful about your furniture and other loose garden elements, the flooring should also be given due importance. Although, most of the outdoor flooring material are weather-proof, however, an important consideration is that they should be non-slippery also. Choosing the right outdoor flooring finish becomes important during the monsoons.
Trimming and pruning is an important activity that should be carried out before the monsoon season sets in. This is to avoid the bushes and the plants from growing wildly as soon as the first shower flows. Removal of dead leaves and dead growth after the summers helps in nourished growth of the plants during monsoons.
Earthworms are your plant’s best friends. They will help in fertilising the soil naturally and they will also
help in aerating the soil. So, if there are few earthworms in your terrace garden then well and good. If you find them concentrated at one place then pick them up and spread them around the garden to allow fertilisation of soil at all places.
Harmful Little Creatures
Monsoons also give rise to harmful insects and worms, which can cause hindrance in the healthy growth of your plants. Effective pest control measures need to be taken to avoid any damage by these unwanted monsoon creatures. The best method to kill insects is to keep a bowl of kerosene and place a light insect killer near it. The insects get attracted by the smell and light and get eliminated.
Weeding is Important
Keep an eye on the weeds that tend to have a rampant growth at the time of monsoons. They tend to take up the nutrient and fresh water of the plants further causing hinderance in their growth. So, weeding and removal of extra plant growth should be a part of your monsoon gardening activity.
It’s advisable to water the plants only once a day during the rainy season. However, if there is heavy pouring then there is no need to water the plants the next day. Secondly, its essential to remove the extra water that gets clogged in the pots. Tiling the soil once in two, three days is also important during this season.
Just before the monsoon sets in you need to be certain of the drainage system in the terrace garden. Its technically advisable to ensure that the water is finding its way out and clogging in the soil. Clogged water can rot the plants and also become a breeding ground for the insects.
Protection to Saplings
Monsoons are the best season to plant new green as well as flowering plants. However, these little babies need extra care during the monsoons. Its important to keep them secured from heavy pouring. Covering the little saplings with perforated cloth is the best way to do it.
Treat yourself the most during this happy time of the year. After all monsoons is the most welcoming season, which would definitely attract you towards your terrace garden. So, have the most of this time amidst cool breeze, aroma of flowers and wet soil and a perfect barbecue.
Add decorative garden elements during the monsoons to make your terrace garden visually appealing. These elements can be a birdbath, fountains, outdoor lights, a swanky outdoor furniture to cover your furniture and some decorative pebbles.
Plants and Flowers to grow during monsoon
Hibiscus, Bela, Champa, Madhumalti (climber), Mogra are a few plants that can be grown during the monsoons. Gourd, Black Eyed Peas (Lobiya) and Pumpkin are a few vegetables that can be grown during the rainy season.