6 Ways to Keep Your Garden Healthy
No gardener desires to see a verdant garden become diseased and lifeless. Oftentimes, these nurturers are worried about introducing the wrong plants or diseases into their precious gardens. To shake off this concern, it’s essential to learn ways to keep trouble out of your little heaven.
So below see how you can keep your garden fresh and busting with life:
Utilize Completely Decayed Organic Matter
Compost materials don’t break down equally. Some materials may decompose adequately and become fit to help your plant grow, while others may not. To prevent slow decomposition, keep your compost pile wet so that fungi, earthworms, and bacteria can feast on them rapidly. However, don’t over-dampen your compost pile so that the microorganisms don’t die from lack of oxygen.
Moreover, complete composting produces high temperatures for lengthier periods, thus, destroying pathogens in your material. Contrarily, contaminated plant waste that hasn’t undergone thorough decomposition will cause your plants to be diseased.
To be safe, don’t use mulch under delicate plants and avoid including infected remains in your compost pile.
Apply Fertilizer Appropriately
Plants only need the right amount of nutrients. Don’t over-fertilize your plants; doing that can prevent them from absorbing moisture and even lead to root burning. Moreover, other symptoms of fertilizer toxicity include yellow discoloration, stagnant growth and fragile stem. Similarly, under-fertilizing your plants is also a bad idea. Chlorosis, purple or reddish leaves, necrosis are some of the symptoms your plant may suffer.
To avoid this irreversible consequences, acquire correct information about the nutrient levels present in your soil. Then apply the recommended quantity of fertilizers by the manufacturer. Also, know when to apply your fertilizer before planting. Typically, 2-3 weeks is excellent. However, consider your specific plant requirements before doing that. Furthermore, only use NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) fertilizers and look out for the micronutrients. These measures will help you avoid any fertilizer application errors.
Watch out for Bugs
The effects of damages caused by insects on plants are both internal and external. Bacteria and viruses penetrate a plant via an opening. Most times, bugs create this opening. Insects may sometimes be the vector of these viruses. Thrips and aphids are some of the common insects you’ll find doing this damage.
Once insects start attacking your plants, it becomes harder for the plant to fight diseases. Therefore, watch out for these insects and get rid of them on time.
Grow Disease-Resistant Plants in Your Garden
One of the easiest ways to control plant diseases is by growing the right disease-resistant plants in your garden. This way, you wouldn’t have to rely heavily on pesticides to get rid of plant diseases. Disease-resistant plants are plants that can fight back diseases and not succumb to the impacts of the pathogens. Keep in mind that one variety isn’t resistant to every pathogen.
Seek the help of informed gardeners and nursery workers to assist you in knowing the resistant varieties of different plants. You may check out some catalogs and books to see the lists of plants and diseases to which resistance is possible.
Check Out the Entire Plant Before Purchasing
One of the best ways to reduce the spread of disease in your garden is simply by not transferring one into your yard. Examine any new plant you’re about to introduce before purchasing them. Check out the root to see if it’s rotten, the leaves if they are yellow or brown, or if the plant is hosting any insect.
To survey the root, put your hand on the surface of the soil while keeping the plant stem within your fingers. Slowly turn the pot upside down and nod the plant to loosen up. Shake a side of the pot to liberate the root from the pot. See if the root is firm and white; black is a sign of an unhealthy plant, even with healthy-looking leaves, they’ll soon rotten away.
Pick and Position Plants Properly
Healthy gardening has to do with picking the right plants for your zone and location. Avoid exposing a plant that requires shade to complete sunshine cause that will lead to poor growth and low immunity to diseases.
Go ahead and keep your garden healthy and beaming with life.
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