When it comes to hobbies, Gardening always stays top in the list. That’s because of the beauty and joy different plants can bring in our life. Besides a hobby, it can be a great profession too.
Now if you are planning to start a garden or already have a garden, it’s important to know how to get the best performance from your garden.
There is no rocket science behind it. Just some daily chores to do and some information to remember what’s good for your plants and what’s not.
I have collected some basic tips and will try to give you a step by step guide on what to do to keep your garden healthy. Let’s get started.
8 Tips To Keep Your Garden Healthy
1# Buy Healthy Plants
The first thing you want in your garden is some fresh and healthy plants. Be very careful about checking a plant thoroughly before buying it. A plant with rotten root is not the kind of thing you want to spend your money on.
A disease-free plant is the simplest way to save your garden from getting affected. If you don’t know much about plants, you can always read some books, articles, or magazines to find out how to pick a healthy specimen.
2# Perfect Spot For Perfect Growth
Now that you have some healthy plants, you need to find the perfect place to keep their health that way. Most of the plants need at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight every day. So, keep that in mind when choosing the perfect spot in your yard.
Do some research about your plants to know if they like sunlight or shade. That is a crucial point as some plant tend to rot in sunlight and loves the shade.
3# Be Cautious About Using Compost
Using compost in your garden is a good source of nutrition for your plants. Make sure that all the materials present in the mix are fully composted. Some materials take more time than others to degrade. That can create an imbalance in the quality of your compost.
A thoroughly composted mix will kill all the pathogens present in the material by generating high temperatures. On the other hand, a partially composted mix can be the cause of new diseases.
There are various fertilizers available in the market that you can try using in your garden to get the best output.
4# A Working Drainage and Watering System
Water is one of the most important components to get the best performing garden. Plants need water to flourish properly and also to make their food. Knowing the right amount of water to spray on your plants is very crucial. You don’t want over-watering your plants.
To keep your plants safe from over-watering, you need to set up a drainage system. There is a lot of automatic watering and drainage system available. You can choose the best one for you and just keep an eye on whether the system is working perfectly or not.
5# Bugs are The Thugs
Bugs are the type of thing you don’t want anywhere near your garden. They can damage your plants in many ways. They won’t just eat the leaves, some of them act as a carrier of bacteria and viruses which is bad news for the plants.
Most of the time, viruses and bacteria need some sort of openings to enter a plant and bugs create that for them. So, take precautionary measures to save your garden from them.
Some specific bugs are found in specific regions, so you can research a bit about your region and find out which bugs are frequently seen in your area. Then you can easily find out how to get rid of them.
6# Fall is The Cleaning Season
Most of the leaves become dead at the end of the fall and new leaves come out in the spring. Between that transition, all sorts of diseases can attack those dead leaves and pass on to the new leaves.
That’s why you need to get rid of all dead leaves before spring to make sure there isn’t going to be any disease spreading situation.
7# Cut-off Damaged Limbs
Damaged limbs can be considered as a weakness in a plant. It weakens the plant and is more prone to infection in winter. So, it is necessary to trim those damaged limbs regularly.
Always make sure that you cut the limbs with a sharp and clean tool so that the plant doesn’t get any new infection from the tools. Plus, it will ensure that the cuts heal faster and regenerate a healthy limb.
8# Maintain Distance, Avoid Crowd
Give the plants some space when planting them in a garden. Maintain distance between two plants to ensure good airflow. Crowded plants tend to generate more humidity which can cause diseases like downy mildew, powdery mildew, etc. The constant airflow reduces that humidity and keeps the foliage dry.
Another reason is that crowded plants fight over sunlight, nutrients, and water. That causes them to grow up in a poor state. They become weak and more likely to get infected.
The last piece of advice from me is that, spend some time on your garden on a regular basis. That way you will be able to notice all the great things and all the lacking of your garden. And then you can solve the problems one by one. Also, it will keep your mind fresh staying close to nature for a while. You can even do camping on your garden if it have some extra space.