The Summer is almost upon us, and one of the best places we have within our home to truly enjoy the sun, is the garden. That’s where you go to bask in the heat, sipping on something refreshing without a care in the world.
So you want to make sure that the garden is looking as good as it can so that you don’t have to worry about rushing things last minute before your family and friends head over for the barbecue.
Here are some of the best ways to keep your garden in tip-top condition so that you can enjoy your Summer in style.
How to keep your garden in tip-top condition
Use fully composted waste
If you’re making your own compost – great. But you need to know that not all waste decomposes at the same rate. So you should never use it if things haven’t entirely broken down yet.
This is because you can end up doing more harm than good by causing disease in your garden due to the pathogens in the material. Whereas a good compost will generate high temperatures for long periods of time that kill any of this off, making it ready to use. And you also need to make sure your compost is being used correctly.
Be aware of the bugs
Insects can cause an awful lot of damage to plants, but not just aesthetically, it runs deeper than that. Viruses and bad bacteria can only target a plant when there is an opening, and bugs are the ones that create that opening, while even carrying a virus themselves which then leads to it being spread to many other plants rather quickly.
While you can’t actually stop insects from roaming around on your plants, you can stop things from getting any worse, so make sure you keep your eyes open for any pests.
Use the correct fertilizer
Fertilizer is very good at its job, but only when it is being used correctly. If you apply the wrong one, or even just too much, it can burn the roots of your plants which then ruins their chances of being able to absorb water.
This then causes them to become stressed and suffer during the heat. If your plant’s aren’t getting the nutrients they need, they will end up looking unhealthy and be prone to catching disease, whereas a healthy one can fight them off.
Nurture the Right Insects
To avoid the mistake of killing the wrong insects during fertilizer while removing the harmful ones.You have to know what insects to nurture. For example, ladybugs and lacewings are natural predators of aphids and other harmful pests. Also, keeping honey bees is a good idea not only for their honey but also for their vital role, which is pollinating the plants.
Did you know if the bees disappeared, many plants would not be able to reproduce, and their populations would decline? Without bees, the yields of these crops would decrease, and food security could be impacted.
Prune broken limbs
When pruning, you should use sharp tools so that your cut is a clean one, as this will make the healing time speed up. You also need to make sure that you snip in the right place, to where the good living tissue is, allowing it to grow back properly from a healthy source.
Never tear or break a stem with your hand, as this will only cause damage to the plant and it may not grow back healthy, or at all.
Every garden needs to be watered – not only the plants, but the lawn too. But there is a certain way to go about it. While the lawn is pretty simple to deal with as it only needs a light spritz, the plants are slightly more complicated.
You want to limit the amount of moisture that hits the plant’s foliage otherwise you will give disease the perfect environment to thrive in. You should only be focusing on the roots and avoid any leaves, so make sure you hold them out of the way if need be so you can focus the water on where it is required only.
Don’t crowd plants
When planting, make sure you don’t put things too close to one another. If you’re doing it from scratch from a seed, try and imagine the direction it will grow and expand in so you can allow it to breathe properly. If they’re crowded, they will create their own humidity and that’s when disease multiplies.
Not only that, but they won’t have enough space to grow properly and will end up having to fight for water and light. If you have noticed that things have begun to look a little overcrowded, you will have to cut something back or may even have to remove it altogether.
Get some help
There’s nothing wrong with asking for a bit of help when you’re struggling to do something. Companies like ABC Home & Commercial offer you a wide range of help whether it be neatening up some trees, or tackling those pesky weeds, so give them a ring and get the aid of a professional who knows exactly what they’re doing. It’s not cheating, it’s saving time.
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