When something bad happens to what you love, you will automatically feel bad, right? Well, the same thing with gardens. Many homeowners are always heartbroken when they see plants in their garden starting to weather and dying because of pests or various plant diseases.
When this happens, the homeowners often go into a panic mode and start to wonder how that happened and probably also worry if all the plants are going to die as well.
For you to maintain a beautiful and healthy garden, you certainly need to have a good plan when it comes to taking care of your trees or plants. Below are a few tips that can help you maintain a beautiful garden.
- Carefully check the trees you are buying
Before spending your money on any plants, it is always a good idea to carefully examine them first. This way, you will be able to check whether the plants you are receiving are healthy or not.
Of course, this would be one of the smartest you can use to keep a beautiful garden by avoiding to introduce any disease that might come with new plants. However, since you might not know much about the trees, you can always do a little research on how a healthy tree of the type you want looks like.
This will prevent you from carrying sick plants home and infect the others. This wouldn’t be the type of bonus you were hoping for, especially after buying the trees in bulk, right?
- Good manure
Growing trees is not always just about providing them with enough water and that’s it. There are also other factors that usually come into play including how rich your garden soil is.
This is why it is recommended that you use a good composted yard waste, usually known as compost manure. Since different materials usually have different decomposition rate in a compost pile, it is important that you continue composting them for an extended period of time.
This will subject the materials to high temperatures that will eliminate the available pathogens that might reintroduce the infections back to your garden coming from infected plant debris.
However, if you are still not sure about the condition of the compost heap then it’s better to stay away from using your yard waste for mulching especially when you are dealing with sensitive plants. Also, do not use infected plant debris when making a compost pile.
- Watch the bugs
There’s usually nothing more heartbreaking than seeing something you struggled to build for several months being destroyed in just a few days. This is what insects always do to our gardens.
These tiny creatures can inflict much more damage to plants that people usually think. A plant can always be infected by a bacteria or virus through the openings on the stems or branches usually created by the bugs. Some of them also act as carriers of these infections and therefore are able to spread them to different areas in your garden.
The common dangerous insects usually known for this kind of activity include aphids and thrip among others. If you don’t want your garden to have an ugly look, with bad looking infected trees, make sure to always use pesticides to keep the bugs at bay.
During the fall, it is important to clean up your garden more often. Well, this might not be such a quite effective way of preventing plant disease in your garden but it can really help in controlling it.
Many of the diseases attacking your trees in the garden can often survive the winter as they will be depending on the debris from the plants and dead leaves on the ground and later come back to bring terror to your garden once the winter is over.
If you want to keep your beautiful trees and flowers in good condition without having to worry about the daylily leaf streak, Iris leaf spot or black spot on your roses, consider doing some cleaning and get rid of the dead leaves in your garden.
However, if your leaving foliage and stems with a plan of creating a winter interest just make sure they are removed before they start growing again.
- Appropriate fertilizer
As mentioned before, there’s always more to having beautiful trees in a garden than just ensuring enough water. Even if you are using compost pile to boost the growth of your trees, you might still need to apply some fertilizer to enrich your soil with more nutrients required for your plants to grow well.
You need to be extra careful however, not to use the wrong fertilizer or even use the right one in the wrong way. Too much fertilizer can kill your plants by burning their roots and therefore interfering with their ability to take in water.
When this happens, plants are often left vulnerable to different weather conditions such as drought, heat, and cold. On the other hand, if you starve your trees for nutrients, they will grow smaller and can easily be affected by the leaf spots.
Too much fertilizer in the soil also means too many nutrients for the plant which is also dangerous as this can bring a lot of stress to the plant. It would be a good idea if you can reach out to any local agency to help you test the soil before planting your beautiful flowers and trees. This will help you to know the number of nutrients in the soil and if you should add some more or not.
If you are looking forward to having a beautiful garden, you need to be fully prepared to put in some work. Nothing really come that easy, right? Having a garden in your home is usually quite beneficial as it only doesn’t make your home look good, but it also increases it’s valued too just in case you decide to take it back to the market. With that being said, it is therefore important to take proper care of your garden and enjoy the benefits later.