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Ways to Maintain And Manage A Healthy Garden  8

Keeping all the plants in the garden healthy and blooming is the hardest task every gardener has to accomplish. Making sure that every plant gets what it needs to continuously grow is truly challenging. When a plant gets a disease, usually the gardener will be saddened and have questions like, “Will the other plants get it too? Will they die? What should I do now?”

 

In situation like that, it is very important that the gardener understands that the plant can get sick if it is attacked by pathogens like fungus, virus and bacteria, and even the weather condition can ruin plant health too. Too much or lack of water can be a medium for plants to easily be the target of these pathogens.

 

Inspection is a Must

Before introducing a new species of plants in your garden, it is essential that the new plant has been examined properly. Adding a sick plant in a healthy environment can eventually lead to more plants getting sick.

 

Check the root quality to determine if it is a healthy specimen – roots should be white, firm and tightly bound together.

 

Use Only Quality Composted Waste      

It is necessary that you only use composted yard waste that has fully undergone the decomposition process, or else this might introduce potential diseases to your plants. Thorough composting process helps in eliminating pathogens in the soil, thus it is important to ensure the quality of yard waste soil used in the garden.

 

Know the Appropriate Plants for Your Site

To be able to have healthy glowing plants in your garden, knowing the right zone and spot where they have to be planted on will have a great effect on them in the long run. Healthy azaleas will grow poorly if planted in full sun and will eventually be susceptible to get sick.

 

Give Only Enough Amount of Water

Too much water can result to withering and can submerge the roots of the plants so it can’t breathe normally. Flooding pots promotes root rotting fungi so it’s important to choose the right watering method in giving them a drink.

 

  • Watering manually – in doing this method, make sure to keep the leaves away so water can directly soak in the roots.
  • Sprinkling – can be the least pleasing option because the leaves get wet but it takes some time for water to reach the roots.
  • Drip irrigation – is the most desirable option since it doesn’t soak the plant’s foliage, but rather the water goes down on the roots directly.

 

Value Spacing

Crowded plants in the garden will grow poorly as they create humidity and eventually will have powdery mildew in them. Also, these plants will soon be competing against each other for water, light and fertilizers.

  • Trimming – trimming out crowded leaves and old stalks has to be done every now and then.
  • Rearranging – plants tend to grow rapidly, giving them enough division and space can help in their growth.

 

Eliminate Unhealthy Foliage during Fall Season

Clean up the garden during fall to avoid possible diseases when new foliage will come out in spring. Black and brown spots on the leaves are a sign that it is not in a healthy condition. Dead stalks and leaves needs to be removed so healthy growth will emerge eventually.

 

For plants to continuously grow healthy, it is very important that tips mentioned above are followed. Don’t forget to give your plants proper care and provide them with their needs – enough water, sunlight and nutrients. Also, never fail to clean up during spring when old stalks are withering or when foliage shows signs of poor growth.