Five Ways to Keep A Garden Healthy in Every Season
“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience, careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; and above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll (Horticulturist)
A healthy garden is a sign of a well-loved home–whether you are living in Solstice or elsewhere. Just think about it, there is nothing more satisfying and more beautiful than seeing an array of plant life in full health and splendor the moment you get home. The contentment you feel in putting all of your efforts to beautifying a garden would be all worth it. However, keeping a garden beautiful and attractive–even small ones can rather be difficult to do, especially if this is an endeavor you do all year round. To ensure your garden stays as healthy and attractive as ever, here are some tips to get you by:
Use the Right Soil
Healthy plants would require healthy soil–after all, this is where your green friends get their nutrients from. As regularly as possible, turn your soul in order to keep it lose and light. A little more effort goes into turning soil that are harder such as clay as they tend to become hard and would crumble over time. So, give your soils adequate attention to make sure your plants stay healthy as well.
Examine Plants Meticulously before Purchasing Them
The best way to guarantee you would have healthy plants is to ensure that they are healthy prior to your purchase. Additionally, this can help prevent the spread of plant disease in your garden. Know how a healthy plant looks like by researching and knowing what a healthy plant specimen of your choice looks like. Steer clear from plants with dead spots, insects and rotted stems.
Keep an Eye on the Bugs
Bugs do much more damage to your gardens than what you think. Bacteria and virus are often introduced to plants through bugs, so you should appropriately and adequately address this garden problem before it consumes your garden. Inspect your plants every once in a while and make sure that no bugs are present in your plants as they put a bug under stress making it more difficult for the plants to fend off a disease.
Apply the Correct Fertilizer
Not all fertilizers are the same, and while we are on that you should not apply fertilizer on your plants as liberally as they tend to burn roots which decreases the plant’s ability to absorb water. Fertilize your plants just right and if possible, get a soil test to have an accurate information on the nutrient levels in your soil. This will enable you to know which fertilizer would work best on your plant and prevent you from overwhelming a plant with a particular nutrient.
Do not crowd your plants. To maximize growth potential and for optimum health, plants need enough space to let their roots grow, so do not overwhelm them by planting them too near to each other. Allow them some space to breathe as crowded plants tend to grow poorly as they would not be able to absorb as much light, nutrients and water considering that they are in competition with another plant. Lastly, lessen the likelihood of plant disease by trimming out crowded, damaged, dead and old stalks on plants.