Tips For Garden Maintenance

Maintaining a garden is hard work, but it’s also extremely fulfilling, especially when your garden looks exactly like you want it to. To help make your garden maintenance more effective and satisfying, here are some tips from our expert gardeners

Inspect Plants Before Adding To Your Yard

If you already have a flourishing yard, be careful with what you add to it.

Why?

Introducing the wrong plant or a diseased one can lead to a catastrophe that destroys everything you’ve already built. To avoid adding an unhealthy plant that can spread disease, you need to know what to look out for.

Avoid introducing plants to your garden if they have rotted stems or roots, dead spots, or insects scurrying around their body or roots. Also, the roots of a plant should be white and firm. If they’re dark or mushy, then it’s a no-no for your garden.

To further reduce the risk of diseases spreading through your garden, plant disease-resistant varieties of flora.

Only Use Yard Waste That’s Fully Composted

Making your own compost is a great way to save money on fertiliser and enrich your soil. That said, compost is usually made up of various decaying materials that don’t decompose at the same rate.

When waste isn’t fully composted, it won’t generate a high enough temperature to kill the harmful pathogens that may be in it. Such pathogens can cause great harm to your garden. If you can’t tell when waste is fully composted, it’s best to avoid using it.

Watch Out For Pests

A bug infestation can decimate your garden, especially if you are growing fruits or vegetables. Aside from eating your plants, bugs like aphids and leafhoppers carry viruses that can cause even more damage to your garden. You can get rid of such bugs by applying the right repellents.

Don’t Leave Dead Leaves Lying Around

Dead leaves decompose and enrich the earth, but they can also serve as a breeding ground for bugs and diseases, especially during the fall season. To be on the safe side, rake fallen leaves off your garden and properly dispose of them as soon as possible.

Use The Right Fertiliser

Fertiliser has a host of benefits, but only when you use the right one in the right amount. For instance, applying too much fertiliser can burn a plant’s roots and reduce its ability to absorb water.

To find the right fertiliser to apply, do a soil test to identify which ingredients your soil is lacking.

If you’d prefer for a professional to help you take care of your garden, give us a call today for a free quote.

Provide The Right Amount Of Water

Too much water will drown your plants and create a breeding ground for diseases, while too little water can cause your plants to wilt. For the best results, avoid spraying water directly on a plant’s leaves, and water in the morning before the day starts to get hot.

Site Plants Appropriately

Some plants require maximum sunlight, while others require little. For best results, identify what conditions a plant thrives in and site it accordingly. Also, avoid placing plants too close to one another as this can lead to increased humidity and spread diseases.

Follow these tips and your garden will be off to a great start! For professional assistance, contact us today to have one of our gardeners pay a visit. We offer discounts for recurring services.

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