5 Simple Tricks to Maintain a Healthy Garden
Maintaining a healthy garden can sometimes be seen as a big task and in some instances, it may well be. However, for the majority of people living in suburban areas it is really simple as long as it is attended to regularly.
- Take care of budding plants
Many plants are often budding when the weather is hot or at least hotter than usual. If the plant isn’t receiving the right nutrients or sufficient water then these flowers are going to drop off quickly and you won’t get to experience the beautiful colours.
Know when your plants are going to bud and put some extra care into them during this time. Regular watering and fertilising is important and putting new mulch in will also help.
- Help pots to stay cool
Plants living pots are going to heat up a lot under the hot sun so make sure you move them around a bit to give each plant equal time in the shade. It is important to keep potted plants cool at the roots to encourage growth and also keep them healthy.
Placing them in a saucer with wet sand is the most effective way to keep them cool as a saucer filled with water only encourages root rot and mosquito breeding.
- Water in the morning
Water you plants in the cool of the day is going to give them the best chance to actually soak it all up and make use of it. If you water plants in the hottest part of the day, it is likely that a lot of this water will just evaporate.
Watering in the morning is best as it means that the plants are moist for the hottest part of the day and that they are dry come night time so they don’t become affected by mildew.
Regular fertilisation keeps the plants happy and healthy and gives them the strength to resist periods of no rain or sun. Fertilise weekly where possible but monthly at a minimum to maintain the nutrient levels required.
- Keep an eye out for pests
This is one of the most important steps to maintaining a healthy garden. Pests will slowly kill plants and can ruin the aesthetic. Sometimes it is often difficult to notice if a plant is being attacked by a pest and by the time you do, it’s too late.
Knowing the basic signs for various diseases and pests nesting within your plants is pivotal to keeping it healthy.