CORONA offers tips and tricks for gardening and DIY, to accompany the most enthusiastic user. Organized by season or by subject, CORONA tips and tricks helps you to work always better.

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January
  • Take care of Christmas tree
    If you purchased a real Christmas tree this season, it is now time to take care of it. As the tree has acclimated to the warm and dry environment indoor by now, you should avoid moving it suddenly to the natural cold outdoor environment. We suggest that you acclimate the tree to the winter garden atmosphere little by little. To do this, first move it to a place without heating, covering the pot with straw and bags. Once you see that it is not losing needles, or once new needles begin growing, the tree is ready to be transplanted. You may use a round point shovel to do so. (SS26030 – SS26020)
    • SS26030
    • SS26020
    Take care of Christmas tree
    January
  • Take care of your trees during winter season
    To take care of your trees, take advantage of this cold weather season to heal any branches that may have been damaged by heavy snow or wind. We recommend that you use an extendable handle compound action anvil lopper to make cutting easier. (FL3450)
    • FL3450
    Take care of your trees during winter season
    January
  • Install a chrono-thermostat
    We can lower our gas bill if we install a thermostat with which to program the heating. Just remove the old thermostat with a screwdriver, place the mounting points of the new device using a drill and fix to the wall with screws, making sure to first remove the wires from the hole. Finally, connect the wires to the new thermostat and install the temperature sensor.
    • SS26
    • SS181
    Install a chrono-thermostat
    January
February
  • Take care of the grass in your garden during winter season
    During this season of the year, if the weather allows it, check the state of the grass in your garden. During the winter season, grass needs little care, but you shouldn’t completely forget about it if you want to see it green, radiant and healthy later in the year. It is important that you let the soil breathe. You might need to use a cultivator to cut, clean and aerate the roots of your grass. Another good idea is to get an early start on removing any fungi or lichens that tend to invade grass. (RK42000-RK65061)
    • RK42000
    • RK65061
    Take care of the grass in your garden during winter season
    February
  • Improve the fruit of apple and pear trees
    If you have apple or pear trees in your garden, it is now time for them to fruit. To speed up this process and to trigger the appearance of fruits and buds, you will need a concentration of sap. Prune one third of the branches so that the sap is directed towards the buds, allowing it to travel towards these buds and thus ensuring that the fruit is concentrated on the fruiting branches. (BP 3214)
    • BP3214
    Improve the fruit of apple and pear trees
    February
  • Clean garden tools
    On the other hand, now is a good time to check the state of your gardening tools. We recommend that you clean them by adding a few drops of bleach or a small amount of vinegar to water. Vinegar helps to remove any calcium deposits that may have formed, ensuring a good cleaning. This way, your gardening tools will be in good condition for use throughout the year.
    Clean garden tools
    February
  • Unclog pipes
    With the mixture of two liters of hot water and a cup of caustic soda, make the pipelines remain perfect. We can achieve the same result by combining water with vinegar and baking soda.
    Unclog pipes
    February
March
  • Prepare holes for new roses
    This is a good month to prepare any holes that will serve to host your new rosebushes. Make sure that the holes are sufficiently deep. If the ground is not wet or frozen, you can even go ahead and plant the bushes now. But if weather conditions do not permit this, protect your plants in a dry location, wrapping the roots in a moist bag until planting is possible. (CT3710)
    • CT3710
    Prepare holes for new roses
    March
  • Pruning and shaping hedges
    During this month, the hours of the day begin to extend with the sun’s rays slowly beginning to warm the environment. Take advantage of a sunny day to prune and shape your hedges. If they are perennials, it is best to wait until the coldest days have past. Use hedge shears. This will allow your garden to have a healthy and well cared-for look year round. (HS3244)
    • HS3244
    Pruning and shaping hedges
    March
  • Iluminate kitchen worktop
    The best light for kitchen worktop is the one which comes directly from above and does not dazzle us, the one installed in the upper cabinets. We just have to measure the area to be illuminated to purchase the appropriate number of lights and meters of wire, and install them with a screwdriver.
    • RT13
    • RT15
    • SS26
    • SS181
    Iluminate kitchen worktop
    March
April
  • Prune plants and dawn
    This month offers you the perfect opportunity to prune any plants that may have old or dry bits that result less attractive. Take advantage to remove the top sections of other plants like ficus, Golden Pothos or ivy. You can take advantage of this removal to plant the cuttings. (FS3204)
    • FS3204
    Prune plants and dawn
    April
  • Sowing and planting vegetables with the crescent moon
    Take advantage of April’s crescent moon to sew or plant fruits and vegetables such as melons, cucumbers, pumpkins, leeks, lettuce and capers. This is also the perfect time to plant carrots, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, beans, eggplant, etc. (CV60063-SH60060)
    • CV60063
    • SH60060
    Sowing and planting vegetables with the crescent moon
    April
  • Detect and tackle pests
    Now is the time to locate and get rid of any pests and illnesses in their early stages. Do so now, before they can potentially damage your plants and before it is harder to recover any damage. Be especially careful with those plants that have been attacked in previous seasons. In particular, watch out for mealy bugs and aphids. (SP43005-SP43001)
    • SP43005
    • SP43001
    Detect and tackle pests
    April
  • Repair flaking walls and cracks
    Over the years, blows, humidity and temperature changes make the walls and ceilings of our home start flaking and cracking. If they are not repaired, we can end up with a more serious problem or an unkempt house. We will only need a spatula and a plasterer´s trowel
    • SP260
    • PT21
    Repair flaking walls and cracks
    April
May
  • Fight against weeds
    The most important job of the month is the fight against weeds which have invaded in your garden over the past months, blown in by the wind, rain and above all, from birds. You will need a cultivator or weeder, the ideal tool to pull out and get rid of weeds. Remove them often, but remember that it is best to do so in dry weather conditions. (CT3750)
    • CT3750
    Fight against weeds
    May
  • Planting dahlias
    Plant dahlias this month. Sew them in large holes, well separated from one another, covering them with peat. Then pack the soil to protect them from slugs. Water frequently and place stakes by the stems as they tend to be quite weak when supporting the large flowers produced by the plant.
    Planting dahlias
    May
  • Clean the joints in the toilet
    Fungi and mold make the joints of our bathroom deteriorate and blacken. It is inevitable the silicone to spoil over time, so you have to clean the joints from time to time. With a cutter, a spatula, a silicone product and anti-mold fungicide we can do it easily.
    • SP370
    • RK1
    Clean the joints in the toilet
    May
June
  • The importance of irrigation
    The most important task for this month is watering. Water your garden more or less frequently, depending on the area, but in the majority of the garden, it will be sufficient to water heavily every now and then, to maintain moisture in the ground covering. Also water interior plants and spray their leaves to refresh them. Place them in a sunny location, avoiding windowsills so that they do not burn. And remember to water at the end of the day when temperatures are cooler. (SP43001-WN28010)
    • SP43001
    • WN28010
    The importance of irrigation
    June
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs
    June is the last month to plant bulbs that will flower from summer to autumn, such as dahlias, irises and Indian shot. Make a hole in the ground and insert the bulbs, then cover and water. Now you just need to wait until they flower, filling your garden with their colours. (CT3720)
    • CT3720
    Plant summer flowering bulbs
    June
  • Prune deflowered trees and shrubs
    This is the month to prune any deflowered trees and shrubs. If you have not been removing the stems as the flowers fall, wait to prune until all flowering has finished. This does not mean that you can put off pruning for too much longer. The point is to allow your plants to produce new branches with flowers that will grow the following spring. (BP3214-BP4180).
    • BP3214
    • BP4180
    Prune deflowered trees and shrubs
    June
  • Build a garden pond
    If we have a large garden in our house, we can build a pond which will decorate and fill it with life. We can make a construction pond or we can choose between prefabricated models (polyester base) that we can decorate with rocks, plants ...
    • WT44A
    • RT15
    • SV1TH
    Build a garden pond
    June
July
  • Maintenance of hedges during the summer
    Remember that hedges need to be trimmed throughout the summer. At the beginning of the season, prune those which have already flowered. Remove any old, broken or damaged branches; remove dried and withered flowers to prolong the life of any new flowers. Cut the shoots, growths and sprouts of bushes as well as their grafted branches and central trunks. (HS3244-FS3204)
    • HS3244
    • FS3204
    Maintenance of hedges during the summer
    July
  • Caring for roses
    Remove dried roses both for aesthetic purposes and to stimulate flowering. Remove any sick buds or those that have not grown properly. Rejuvenate rosebushes that finished flowering last month. For this, you should cut the base of the old branches, those which are the darkest colour. Leave any new branches and those from the previous year. To ensure continuous flowering, schedule and rotate your cuttings so as to alternate the flowering shoots. (FS3204-BP3224)
    • FS3204
    • BP3224
    Caring for roses
    July
  • Change the tile joints
    We can change the tile joints using a rubber float, a scraper, filler, a sponge and esparto. We remove the old joints with the scraper, put the filler on the rubber float and apply the paste on the tiles, making pressure to enter into the joints. Then you just have to clean the surface with the same rubber float and wipe with a sponge with water. When the mixture is dry (3-4 hours) cleanse the surface with esparto.
    Change the tile joints
    July
August
  • Care after a hailstorm
    If there has been a hail storm, check for any damage to your plants or for any holes made in the leaves and if found, treat them with an anti-botrytis fungicide. Any holes created may encourage infection from the botrytis fungus. Make sure to treat within 24 hours following the storm. (SP43001)
    • SP43001
    Care after a hailstorm
    August
  • Care home flowers
    Enjoy your flowers inside your house as well as outside. The best time to cut flowers is early in the morning. Then, place them in a bucket of water, preferably covered in newspaper. Never place your flower bouquets near ripening fruit since the ethylene will cause the buds to fall off and the flowers to disappear more quickly. (FS3204-BK24035)
    • FS3204
    • BK24035
    Care home flowers
    August
  • Save water
    "There are many ways to save water
    - Tap: There are models that reduce the flow of running water in half. Furthermore, we can limit the flow by placing a system to reduce the passage of 12 to 6 liters/min. Of course it is essential to prevent dripping taps.
    - Tanks: With the new flushing systems (double flushing, interruptible discharge) we can save up to 40% of water. We can also introduce a bottle in the tank preventing water from being wasted every time you use it.
    And of course, water reuse is always a good choice: for cooking vegetables, watering plants, picking the rainwater for many household uses ..."
    Save water
    August
September
  • Deciduous plants
    This is the perfect time to plant rosebushes, deciduous trees and bushes. The ground is still warm, so new roots will form quickly. This way, your plants will have strong roots before the harsh winter months arrive. (CT3740-SS26030)
    • CT3740
    • SS26030
    Deciduous plants
    September
  • Autumn plants
    Continue to offer colour to your garden and flowerbeds with autumn plants. For instance, you can plant or sew ornamental cabbage, frost-resistant violets, etc. Your garden will maintain its attractive colour scheme even throughout the winter months. (CT3720-BP4840)
    • CT3720
    • BP4840
    Autumn plants
    September
  • Blind maintenance
    During the winter, it is recommended to have the blinds down for longer periods, to prevent heat from escaping. Usually made ​​of PVC, wood or aluminum, with their use they can get damaged, so it is recommended to review them with the arrival of the cold and repair them, if necessary.
    Blind maintenance
    September
October
  • Uprooting gladioli
    If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to uproot gladioli and allow the bulbs to dry in an dry location. Although your dahlias, Indian shot and begonia tubers are probably still flowering, you will also have to uproot them after the first evening frost. Remove any soil and get rid of any damaged sections. Allow them to dry in a sheltered place. Once the bulbs and tubers are completely dried, wrap them in newspaper and store in a dry, sheltered spot. (CT3740-CT3750)
    • CT3740
    • CT3750
    Uprooting gladioli
    October
  • Make compost with leaves and wilted flowers
    Be sure to collect fallen leaves and dried flowers, using them for compost. Don’t shake your trees to force the leaves to fall as this will damage the leaf insertion site, making this spot more susceptible to fungi and bacteria. (RK62061-RK25024)
    • RK62061
    • RK25024
    Make compost with leaves and wilted flowers
    October
  • Heater maintenance
    After the summer, air may be accumulated inside the heaters . That happens if the radiator does not heat the entire surface or when you hear a gurgling sound every time the heating is started. Only by turning the trap (located at one end of the radiator) with a flat screwdriver and by placing a bowl to collect the water that falls once the air is out, it will be fixed.
    • SS181
    • SS26
    Heater maintenance
    October
November
  • Prepare the garden site
    If you have a vegetable garden, there will be little work to be done this month. But don’t forget to get rid of any remains from crops that you have already collected. Leave the ground cleared out for when you wish to begin replanting. (SH60061-CV60063)
    • SH60061
    • CV60063
    Prepare the garden site
    November
  • Prune and multiply geraniums
    This is the ideal time to prune and multiply your geraniums. If you want more geranium plants next year, take advantage of this time to take cuttings from the pruned plants. It is important to prune so that the plants do not lose their compact shape and spread out too extensively, leaving you with geraniums that have sprawled out beyond their desired location. (BP3224-BP3204)
    • BP3224
    • BP3204
    Prune and multiply geraniums
    November
  • Prune trees and deciduous shrubs
    Start pruning your perennial trees and bushes now. Wait until all leaves have fallen before pruning those branches that have grown excessively, or that are disorderly and out of proportion to the tree or bush. If you have fruit trees, pear or apple trees, clear out the inside branches and cut the ends off of the remaining ones. Take care to cover any damaged parts with a healing cream to protect from fungi and various infections. (BP6190-TP3206-SL3264)
    • BP6190
    • TP3206
    • SL3264
    Prune trees and deciduous shrubs
    November
  • Check the insulation of our house
    With the drop in temperatures, it is essential our home to be correctly insulated. First you have to check the windows, and install draught excluders for good insulation. Second the walls, we can install isolated plasterboard or insulating frieze. Finally, if the cold affects our pipes we can insulate them with flexible foam coating.
    • RT13
    Check the insulation of our house
    November
December
  • Beware the cold
    Even in December, amidst the cold and frosts, when working in the garden is less than appealing, it is important to make sure that low temperatures and inclement weather do not destroy your garden. This is a good time to trim your trees, removing any remains of leaves. Also, remember to use fertilizers both on grass and in your garden. If you are mindful this season you can ensure a lovely garden when spring arrives. (RS7120-TP3811-RL3560)
    • RS7120
    • TP3811
    • RL3560
    Beware the cold
    December
  • Take care of your Poinsettia
    As we are in the height of its season, here are some tips to care for and extend the life of your Poinsettia: place it in a spot where it receives considerable natural sunlight. It does not tolerate frosts. Keep it in a site with a maximum temperature of 25ºC. While it is flowering, keep the soil moist, watering several times per week and not allowing it to dry out. Once the flowers have gone, watering can be cut back to once a week. (WN28010)
    • WN28010
    Take care of your Poinsettia
    December
  • Paint your house
    If we decide to repaint the walls in winter there are tricks to eliminate odor without ventilate for hours. The first trick is just to add a few drops of vanilla extract in the paint (2spoons/liter) before painting. The second trick is to leave in the room bucket with half a liter cold water and two ammonia tablespoons (can be replaced by pieces of onion) and the third trick is to leave in the room a glass with ground coffee.
    Paint your house
    December
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