Gardening is a fruitful hobby that can produce stunning flowers, delicious food, in addition to personal satisfaction. One of the worst things that can happen is when one of your plants get sick. It pains you to see your garden suffering. For the gardener, there is nothing more disquieting than taking a step back and seeing that one of the plants you care for so much is sick. You need to be gardening for the health. Please continue reading to find out what you can do to create a healthy garden. It is not complicated at all. It is not too late to take action. Do not wait for problems to arise. Defence is the best offence.
Do not water too much
The living entities in the water need plenty of water to survive. Water helps the plants move the nutrients from the soil to the stems and leaves. Too much water can be just as bad as not enough, as the plant can contract a disease. When you water too much, you make it impossible for the greenery to breathe. Plants breathe through the roots and, if there is too much water in the soil, the roots are not able to take in the gases. If the plants do not become sick, they will slowly suffocate.
Overwatered plants can be saved and they can thrive in the landscape. But how are you supposed to know how much water is too much? Well, pay attention to what is going on around you. Are the leaves and turning brown? This happens when plants have too much water. Are the plants growing at a slow rate? This is another sign you cannot afford to ignore. Soak the ground and water only in the morning.
Check out plants carefully before buying
Even the healthiest of gardens can fall victim to diseases. The best way to limit disease in your backyard is to not introduce it in the first place. Disease can easily spread between living entities, so be very careful before buying. If you do not have any idea of how a healthy plant should look like, inform yourself. Get your hands on magazines, books, and catalogues. Plants are expensive and the last thing you want is to purchase diseased ones.
Generally speaking, you should never bring home plants that have dead spots or rotted stems. If the disease spreads to healthy greenery, it will be impossible to put an end to the problem. Symptoms of the disease can include evident changes in colour and shape. Not only should you look at the top of the plant, but also inspect the root, which is essential to the plant’s health. Identifying healthy roots in the store is easy because you are able to see what you are buying. The plants are potted and the roots are visible. Dark and mushy roots are not a good sign, as the plant might be suffering from a disease that is killing it.
Examine trees with leaf-out problems
Many people choose to grow trees, even though they have small gardens. Trees are evergreen and provide much-needed oxygen and enhance air quality. The autumn is not on the doorstep, but it is necessary to take a close look at the trees that are scattered throughout the garden. Do you notice premature leaf fall? If the answer is yes, you should be worried because the trees might be sick. The branch is still alive, but it has been suffering from some time. You should suspect disease if there are no buds at all.
More often than not, the problem cannot be fixed by trimming or pruning the trees. It is necessary to take care of the branches that are in difficulty. The best practice is to remove the whole top of the tree or the large branches, leaving just the stubs and lateral branches. If you are not up for such a challenge, better hire a tree lopping specialist. A tree surgeon with experience will ensure the complete the task without causing disruption to the property. Hire a professional because this is a very dangerous job. Falling branches and limbs are real hazards. If the job is done right, and it will be, the trees will grow again.
Select the right soil
The plants will not grow healthy and productive if you do not have the right kind of soil. Soil selection is essential when it comes to having a healthy garden. What you need is soil that can provide your plants with the necessary amount of drainage, nutrient-retention, and soil consistency. The best soil depends on what the living entities in the garden need. Take into consideration plant location and water retention when choosing the right soil. A lighter potting mix is great for vegetation that sits in the shade. On the other hand, plants that sit in the full sunlight require a medium-weight soil which can hold the water well. The quality of the soil is not linked to its weight. Many companies add dirt and sedge peat, none of which are good.
Use composted yard waste
Compost is simply an organic matter that has been decomposed in the course of a process called composting. Composting produces high temperatures for a long, long time, which kills any pathogen material. Composting is easy to manage, no matter the outdoor environment. All you have to do is combine green and brown materials, water the pile, stir it from time to time, and feed your garden. What kinds of materials can be composted? Examples include:
- Vegetable and fruit scraps
- Dry leaves, eggshells
- Coffee grounds
If you are not sure with regard to the condition of your compost pile, then avoid using yard waste under sensitive plants.
At first glance, the outdoor space may seem like the picture of health. However, if you take a closer look, you will be surprised to find out that it is far from it. Keep your garden green and healthy. It is quite simple to do so. You just have to be willing to make an effort.