When does a gardener worry most? I think it is during the plant gets a disease. So he concerns for different reasons. How does the plant get attacked? Does it harm too much to the plants? Or, will the disease spread all over the garden?
Here, a wise say goes that prevention is better than cure. So, take proper initiatives to prevent the disease. Scientifically, the disease requires a triangle to be spread. The elements of the triangle are a host (plant), a pathogen (fungus, bacteria) and proper environment (humidity or drought). Any absence of the elements can damage the disease.
Hence, a clean garden lacks all the elements of the triangle. Also, a neat garden is the best defense against the disease.
So, follow the below steps to clean the garden most easily and keep your plants healthy.
Dirt is the source of all germs. It produces bacteria, fungus and other germs which attack the plants. So, you can use a powerful garden hose to wash the dirt away off the garden. Even if any debris which stuck the soil should be gone with a putty knife. Remember, washing away the garden with water may clean the garden as well as may wash away small plants.
Caution: frequent uses of wash away may help the water to be accumulated and decompose the roots of the plants.
Cleaning tools are mostly made of steel and iron. So, rust can be made for many days' uses. So, take good care and maintenance for the steel and iron made tools. An easy step is to scrub the tools with steel wool. However, don’t leave the debris in your garden.
Examine Plants Before Buying
A new plant is a great source of attacking the germs. It comes with different diseases which are ignored while purchasing. So, check them before buying. You should never take a plant with rotten stems, dead spots or insects. Otherwise, it’ll spread the garden rapidly and destroy your plants.
Also, don’t introduce the plants in the first place of the garden. Recheck the plants and keep them in a spot to take care before planting. Moreover, always inspect the root quality of the newly arrived plants. Place your hand into the soil surface and hold the plants between your hands. Then gently shake the plants to check the firmness of the roots. The healthy roots look white, shiny and firm.
Use Fully Composted Yard Waste
Yard waste is the most useful and cost-effective fertilizer for the plants. It helps the plants to grow faster. But, you have to give special attention to decomposing yard waste. Some materials are decomposed well while the others can't. As the decomposing process produces high temperature, the pathogen can't undergo the temperature and be destroyed.
However, don’t apply the composted yard waste under the much sensitive plants. It may harm the plants for its high temperature. Also, always clean the surface after applying the composted yard waste.
Apply The Correct Fertilizer
As a gardener, you must know the activities of different fertilizer as the symptoms of lacking the fertilizer. Applying proper amount of correct fertilizer helps the plants faster and healthy. Any excessive fertilizer may burn the roots, reduce their ability to absorb water and other minerals. Even, they can be susceptible to stress from drought, cold, and heat.
On the contrary, plants get smaller and can't fight due to the lacks of nutrients. They can't fight off the diseases. So, the leaves fall from the plants and make the garden messy. Here, you can test the soil to know the appropriate measurement of the required fertilizer.
Keep An Eye On Your Bugs
Insects are the enemy of the plants. They are more harmful than the cosmetic. For instances, virus and bacteria can enter into the plants’ cell and damage the stems, roots, leaves and other organs. Also, some insects work as the transport of other insects, i.e., virus and bacteria to reach other plants.
The insects get the plants to die sooner which leaves much more debris in the garden. So, take an in-depth look at the bugs around the yard and kill them. You can use pesticides to kill the germs but at the same time, remember the tolerance of the plants. Applying too many pesticides on the tree can also kill them along with the insects.
Caution: Wear protective gears before applying pesticides in the garden.
Cleaning Gardens Schedule
Maintaining schedule in cleaning garden helps a lot to the novice gardeners. Each species of plants have a particular season to be planted. So, a little care about maintaining time and season may abstain you from spending money and time on the waste. For example: when the vegetables stop producing, pull the plant. Similarly, when perennial plants fail to bloom anymore, you can cut them and clean the place to plant another one.
However, clean the garden at least once a week to remain it tidy. Every week, you should rake, compost or weed out the weeds from the garden. Also, don’t forget about the bulbs and the tender plants which can’t survive in the winter. Dug up them and transplant in a place where cold can’t catch them. Keep them rest and dry until spring comes.
Don’t Crowd Plants
Excess of anything isn't good at all, and hence the crowded plants are no exception. Each plant produces own humidity, rust, and mildew that allows diseases to thrive. Even, checking is difficult among too dense plants. They also impede the airflow around the plants. Water and nutrients can't reach the crowded plants. As a result, weak plants grow, and you can't get the expected output from the plants. Most importantly, diseases spread hurriedly among the crowded plants.
Cleaning garden is a merry and easy task. A delightful garden can calm your mind with peace. Even, passing your leisure in the garden can also refresh your mind and remove all fatigue. So, always keep the garden clean by maintaining the cleaning schedule and using proper tools.