Having a garden at home is very fulfilling. It keeps your surroundings fresh and natural. But just like anything else you love, you need to take care of it so that it remains healthy. The sad thing about maintaining a garden is that there always be external factors that contribute to its deterioration. That’s why as a homeowner, you have to exert additional effort and time to learn how to keep the garden healthy for as long as possible.
According to the blog post titled “10 Ways to Keep Your Garden Healthy” from FineGardening.com, the keys to a healthy garden include cleaning up during the fall season, monitoring bugs, and using the right yard waste for the soil.
USE FULLY COMPOSTED YARD WASTE
Not all materials in a compost pile decompose at the same rate. Some materials may have degraded sufficiently to be put in the garden, while others have not. Thorough composting generates high temperatures for extended lengths of time, which actually kill any pathogens in the material. Infected plant debris that has not undergone this process will reintroduce potential diseases into your garden. If you are not sure of the conditions of your compost pile, you should avoid using yard waste as mulch under sensitive plants and avoid including possibly infected debris in your pile.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BUGS
Insect damage to plants is much more than cosmetic. Viruses and bacteria often can only enter a plant through some sort of opening, and bug damage provides that. Some insects actually act as a transport for viruses, spreading them from one plant to the next. Aphids are one of the most common carriers, and thrips spread impatiens necrotic spot virus, which has become a serious problem for commercial producers over the past 10 years. Aster yellows is a disease carried by leafhoppers and has a huge range of host plants. Insect attacks are another way to put a plant under stress, rendering it less likely to fend off disease.
CLEAN UP IN THE FALL
It is always best to clean out the garden in the fall, even if you live in a moderate climate. This is not only an effective deterrent to disease but also a good way to control diseases already in your garden.
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It may be true that bees help your plants and flowers, but all other types of bugs are of no use to you and your garden. As a matter of fact, some of them may even carry disease that could result to all of your plants dying out.
Now aside from those three, here’s another set of tips in keeping your garden healthy from the article “5 tips to keep your garden healthy this summer” courtesy of Revell Landscaping:
1) Choose waterwise plants
By choosing plants that are suited to the climatic factors around you (such as sunlight, heat and water requirements), you will be able to create a garden that will look good throughout the summer – a season that can be quite harsh on not suited plants.
Think about Succulents, Kangaroo Paws and Rosemary – these plants thrive throughout the summer as they are best suited to hot over head sun exposure.
The Water Corporation have a handy little waterwise plant search that’ll show you what plants are best suited to the suburb you live in. Check it out here.
2) Work the soil
The more time, money and effort you put into improving the soil before planting will ensure that your plants will look better for longer, due to the increased nutrients and water supply. The majority of Perth is built on sand, which due to the lack of structure and large air pockets between particles, looses water very quickly. You can improve the structure by adding natural products such as bentonite clay and sheep’s manure or using a ready-made soil improver which you can find at your local gardening store.
3) Update your retic system and irrigation to suit the area
Due to our warming climate and increasing water restrictions, reticulation systems have progressed lot in the last 10 years and have been designed to make the most efficient use of your water.
Choose irrigation that suits the area e.g. Drip irrigation for garden beds reduces evaporation rate that sprayers have, as the water is being directed exactly where it is needed. However, drip irrigation isn’t going to work for trees, as bubbles would be better for these.
4) Schedule your retic for optimal absorption
In accordance to The Water Corporation guidelines, reticulation can only be used before 9am or after 6pm on your allocated water days. Early mornings or late evenings is the best time to schedule your retic for, as the cooler temperatures will reduce the evaporation rate and avoid scolding the leaves.
5) Give your garden a helping hand
Due to the drainage in pots, they loose water quicker, which can affect the plants, veggies or herbs that you’re growing within them. To help your pots and plants retain water for longer, use products such as water saving crystals or soil wetter, which will help by absorbing water, and then re-releasing back into the soil it slowly over time as required.
Need we say more? In the end, the garden is one part of your home that needs a lot of attention. That’s why if you want to build one, you should understand and recognize the importance of maintaining it. If you think you can’t do it or you don’t want to spend money to pay a gardener to do it for you, then revert and cancel your plan of building one, because if you do continue, you’re doing injustice to the plants.