Having a garden brightens up a home and it looks relaxing that gives you a space from the fast-paced lifestyle of the outside world.
You can have coffee while having some morning stroll in your garden and it can be a place for small gatherings.
Aside from knowing about the plants that you will include in your garden, keeping your garden clean, tidy and neat is part of ensuring that it is well taken care of.
Have a greenhouse
If you have a large space in your backyard to accommodate a greenhouse, then it is highly recommended for you to have a greenhouse. Clearly, there are a lot of benefits of having a greenhouse.
A greenhouse will allow you to really enjoy your gardening all-year round. No matter what the weather is, you can really enjoy gardening because whether it is raining hard or it is really sunny, nothing can hinder you in planting and growing your plants inside the greenhouse.
Having a greenhouse will also ensure you that the plants are protected from harmful infestations such as spider mites and locust swarms. If you are just starting in your gardening journey, you can read about small greenhouse kits. Starting a greenhouse does not necessarily mean having a large one. There are a lot of alternatives to traditional greenhouses and one of them is a mini greenhouse.
Be picky when buying plants
The easiest way to avoid diseases or infestations in your garden is to avoid bringing one in the first place. One of the things you have to consider when buying plants is to know what a healthy plant looks like.
You can actually get ideas from books, magazines, or online that will show what a healthy plant looks like. A plant with dead spots, rotten stems or insects is not a good idea to take home since it can easily spread to your healthy plants and are difficult to get rid of once it has infected your garden.
Checking the root quality of the plant is also a good idea before buying it. Healthy roots are firm and white. Be wary of dark or mushy roots. Even if the top of the plant looks healthy, a rotted root can kill a plant.
Put the right fertilizer
You have to make sure to apply fertilizers the right way since too much of it can burn plants’ roots making it hard for them to absorb water. This can also make plants more prone to drought, cold and heat stress. When the plants are starved of nutrients, they become smaller and easily affected by leaf spots. Having a stronger plant can fight these diseases. However, if you have an excessive quantity of a particular nutrient, it is also another way to make the plants stressed.
It is best to get a soil test so that you’ll get accurate information with your soil’s nutrition levels. You can get this through your local agency. This will save you from the stress of having your soil too much of one nutrient or not having enough of another.
Trim the hedges
This is something that is usually overlooked but when ignored would result in the hedges going out of shape. Consequences of this include shrubs and bushes being infected by diseases or insects.
You may buy and use a cordless trimmer and trim the hedges once or twice a month. This will ensure that the garden looks neat and tidy.
Prune the plants
Just like when you trim the hedges, you can prune the plants once a month. You have to cut away dead or overgrown branches or stems so that your plants will increase its fruitfulness or growth. It also keeps the garden clean.
However, whenever you see a dead leaf, you can prune it right away, it will only take about more than a minute. You can prune your plants as often as necessary. Also consider options like fruit tree netting as well.
Water plants properly
Watering your garden daily is a good thing, but watering your plants properly makes the difference.
There are a lot of pathogens in the soil that grow, move and reproduce when they are watered. To avoid these diseases in growing in an environment they love, you have to choose watering methods that limit moisture on a plant’s vegetation. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation ensure to accomplish this. If you are watering using your hand, hold the leaves so that it goes out of the way as you water the roots.
Leaf problems are aggravated whenever leaves are wet. With this, overhead sprinkling is the least desired option. However, if you decide to choose this method, make sure to water at a time during the time that the leaves will dry quickly so that the roots still have time to soak up its moisture before it evaporates.
It’s also important to remember to not overly water your plants. Waterlogged soil or pots are susceptible to fungi that can rot and suffocate the roots.