Keeping a garden can be tough work, especially in the hotter months. During summer, most gardeners find that they end up spending a lot of time on maintenance alone. While this is, of course, necessary for the garden to bloom, it can be exhausting. Not only that, but it can too soon become easy to forget that there is more to gardening than just the maintenance work. If you have a garden to look after, you will know what I mean here. One of the most important parts of gardening is keeping the garden healthy. Health is a vital factor for any garden – and it is not just you that it affects. If you are not careful, you might end up allowing diseases to spread to neighbouring gardens or allotments. That can be a real concern for any neighborhood. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best ways to keep your garden as healthy as possible.
Remove Diseased Plants
This first step also happens to be the most important. If you have noticed that you already have plants which are severely diseased, then it is important that you get rid of them. As a general rule, the bigger the plant and the more serious the disease, the more pressing this matter is. If you have diseased trees in your garden, then they will need dealing with as soon as possible. Trees, in particular, can spread diseases very fast. If your tree has something like Dutch Elm disease, it could spread to nearby trees very quickly. That can be a real problem for any area. Use an efficient tree service and remove the diseased plants immediately.
Check Plants Carefully
Just as you need to pay attention to the plants you already have, you also need to keep an eye on the incoming ones. If you are like most gardeners, you are always on the lookout for new plants. Typically during the summer months, you might find yourself frequently coming home with more and more exotic plants to try out. This is part of the joy of gardening. However, you should be careful when you are introducing new plants into your garden. Ensure that you check your new plants thoroughly in order to avoid introducing diseases into your garden.
Watch The Bugs
Any gardener needs to have a basic working knowledge of the insects in their area. Of course, there are some which are useful to have around – and others which you would rather do without. Some of these bugs are just a bit of a nuisance, and eat the leaves on your low plants. However, others are much more of a concern, possibly even carrying deadly diseases. Get to know which bugs your garden is likely to benefit from, and which to avoid. Then you can work out a plan for getting rid of the unhelpful ones. When you are doing that, remember to be as ecological as possible. It is rarely necessary to use pesticide, even though it may be tempting.
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