Gardening is a great hobby to have when things are going well, but when you start facing problems related to excessive growth, bacterial infections, and plant damage, it can quickly become a tiresome chore.
The purpose of having a garden is to increase the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space, to have a fresh supply of vegetables and fruits, and to have a comfortable area where the family can come together to relax.
With an unkempt garden, it’s difficult to enjoy any of these things. What’s worse is that some of the most serious problems, such as pests that lurk underground, are extremely difficult to diagnose and treat.
The situation gets very challenging to deal with and hiring professional assistance can get quite expensive. Here are a few easy things you can do at home to keep your garden clean and fresh.
One of the most effective ways to ruin a perfectly healthy garden is to introduce a plant that is contaminated with bacteria or has some kind of disease.
Even though the new plant might be located a little far away from the rest, the bacteria will infiltrate the environment and spread to all neighboring organisms in the garden.
In a matter of days or weeks, you will notice that your other plants are starting to decrease in weight and size as well; they will stop producing as they used to, and the garden will start to decompose and wither out.
The best way to protect against a bacterial infection in your garden is to buy plants and seeds from a reputable seller and to inspect the condition of the plant before buying it.
In most cases, you will be buying seedlings. Have a look at the condition of the leaves, especially underneath the leaves, as well as the condition of the roots. Any kind of health problem is most apparent in these areas, so be sure to look for plants that have healthy leaves and roots.
Certain plants are designed to co-exist while others just don’t get along that well. For instance, if you are planting vegetables in your garden it would be a good idea to create a separate space for these plants away from flowering plants like roses.
Pests that attack vegetable plants can also impact other plants and the two being physically close to each other only increases the possibility of this happening.
Similarly, plants can also stand up for each other. Some plants that are designed to co-exist can help keep pests and diseases away from each other. In this case, you want them to be planted together in a grid pattern, in alternating rows. This is a natural way to defend the plants from common problems.
If you have tomato trees, palm trees, or even different fruit trees, you will know that these plants are shed quite often, and can make a real mess all over your garden. One solution is to remove these plants altogether if you don’t like the mess that they make.
However, removing a tree that has taken decades to grow is not an option for everyone. A smart solution is to get Palm Tree Trimming services at the turn of every season to minimize the amount of mess in the garden.
This will also help improve the trees’ health, giving the tree space to produce a greater yield in the coming season. Getting this done regularly is the key as it will save you from piled up, excessive shedding. Doing this during the shedding seasons or after will not be as effective.
Even if you just have a garden full of grass, regular cleaning needs to be done. Whether you choose to do this manually by brushing away dirt or mechanically through machines, it is a critical step not only as a matter of cleanliness but also for the health of the garden.
This will also help you guard against common garden pests that can compromise the health of the garden and add to the mess that is created.
If you have just had a party the previous night, you need to clean up the bits of food and other rubbish in the area as this will attract all kinds of birds, animals, and insects. If your garden becomes a source of food for these pests, it can become extremely difficult to control because the animals will habitually return to the garden.
Other than dense trees, another place where animals and pests can make a home in your garden is the hedge. Even if it is a short, small hedge, it can be home to a range of insects, birds, and various other organisms.
Ideally, you want to be trimming this as frequently as possible and also paying extra attention to the soil underneath the hedge. The soil is a good indicator of the overall health of that part of the garden.
Not all garden pests are bad. In fact, there are many that can help with plant growth and even help with keeping other harmful pests out of the garden. If you find that your garden is too big to take care of by yourself, consider hiring a professional or making some changes to the garden, such as installing a patio, so you have a smaller green space to deal with.