How to look after your garden

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 by Vision Direct

Woman wearing apron looking after plants in the garden

Summer is here, the sun is shining and we finally have time to take better care of our plants. From big gardens to small herb patches: gardening can work wonders on your wellbeing, especially during these uncertain times. It’s not just that being around nature is relaxing: gardens can be places where our efforts can result in a real sense of achievement.

Knowing how to best look after your garden can be a bit overwhelming: but fear not, we’ve got some top-tips on keeping your garden thriving and your eyesight clear this summer.

Maximise your time gardening with your lenses

Repotting small plant in garden

So, you’ve taken the shovel out of the shed, you’ve got your gloves and your biggest sunhat on and you’re ready to go - wouldn’t it be great to just focus on your gardening with clear vision and no interruptions? Wearing your contact lenses while looking after your plants can give you the freedom you need to enjoy the sun in your shades. Those of us living with presbyopia know all too well that switching different pairs of glasses can be inconvenient at the best of times, let alone when your hands are covered in soil.

Remember your 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL contact lenses, which are uniquely designed to help you experience clear vision – near, far and in-between – so you can continue wearing contact lenses to do the things you love. And because they’re part of the 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST FAMILY, you’ll get the comfort and convenience you expect, and one of the highest levels of UV protection available in a daily disposable contact lens. Johnson & Johnson’s unique Lacreon™ Technology also provides a long-lasting cushion of moisture to keep your eyes hydrated and irritation-free, making these lenses a great choice for those who suffer from dry, sensitive eyes.

6 summer gardening tips

Potted herb plants on windowsill

Keep your garden thriving this summer with these easy steps:

  1. Repot and refresh
    Buying herb plants is a good way to be sustainable, but ever wonder why they tend to shrivel up and die on you after a day or so? The reason they struggle to survive is because they run out of space, soil and nutrients - but it’s nothing a bit of repotting wouldn’t fix. Just dig up a space in your garden (or grab a big pot, if you’d rather keep them on your windowsill), fill it midway with soil, make a little dent with your hands and pop in your new plant. Fill up with a little more soil and pat it down - you’re all set for a summer full of delicious fresh herbs.

  2. Water away
    Keeping the soil moist through the warm summer months will help keep the ambient temperatures around the roots lower. The water will constantly be evaporating, reducing the danger of mold and mildew, giving your plants a healthy home.

  3. Freshen up
    Colder days have taken their toll on your soil: the rain will have condensed it and washed away valuable nutrients. Be sure to top it up with compost and add some fertiliser, to make sure it’s got all the nutrients it needs to maintain plant health.

  4. Out with the old
    Yay - your plants made it through the colder winter months! To give them a better chance at blooming again this summer, you’ll need to trim them. Try to cut back any overhanging branches or foliage on trees too, to let some more light into your plants.

  5. In with the new
    Once you’ve finished tidying up, it’s time to start planning your new bulb and seed additions. During the summer, you could add plants such as pansies or tulips for a nice flash of colour, or even vegetables, like lettuce, peas, tomatoes or chillies.

  6. Clean the slate
    The area surrounding your flower beds has no-doubt taken a battering over the colder months. So, get those gloves on, take the rake out of the shed, grab your water hose and give it a good summer clean, before bringing out the garden furniture.

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