When you walk down the stairs in the morning and stare out of the kitchen as you pour yourself a cup of coffee, all you want is a tonic for tired eyes. A perennial garden that glows as the twilight color rolls over gives you an experience like no other. That’s where you can enjoy a glass of good old wine in the evening as the scent of a freshly cut lawn mystifies you. That’s where you can host a barbecue party and entertain your guests. Or that’s where your kids lay down and get lost in their imaginations.
Gardening is the art that uses flowers & plants as paints and soil & sky as canvas.”Elizabeth Murray
Everyone wants a beautiful backyard, but reckless insects and plant diseases can ruin it for you. We are here with a few useful tips to make your garden look like a million bucks where you can relax after the daily grind of hectic work life.
Keep Your Plants Disease-Free
The first step to a great garden is disease prevention in plants. It can be perplexing to understand why your plants are dying, how this disease is spreading, or what you can do about it. Let us break it down for you.
Plant disease can only ruin your garden if the following three conditions coincide:
- Your garden has a plant (a host) most likely to get sick
- Your garden is introduced to a pathogen such as a bacterium, virus, or fungus (most common) that can attack the garden
- Suitable environmental conditions (drought or humidity) that promote disease survival.
Rather than waiting for a plant disease to spread, keep at least one of these possibilities out of your garden through different ways such as:
- Examining plants before buying
- Using fully composted yard waste
- Cleaning out the garden in the fall
- Keeping an eye on bugs
- Using correct fertilizers
- Pruning damaged limbs before they become a problem
- Proper watering
- Avoid crowding in plants
Succession planting refers to efficient use of your garden space by planting one thing, harvesting it as soon as the plants have passed their prime, and replanting something else or the same plant again while using every inch of your garden (but not crowding it). If you are into vegetable gardening, this can be a great way to access some fresh veggies that you can’t buy easily near your home. Remember to compost everything to build lively, healthy soils.
Mulching can effectively suppress weeds, reduce water usage, and prevent soils from drying or erosion. It also prevents nutrients from leaving the soil, ultimately helping plants with healthy growth. You can either buy mulch from a nearby store or use different readily available materials such as newspapers, cardboards, shredded leaves, or even lawn clippings in their way.
Keep adapting new techniques to improve your garden apart from these practical maintenance tips. Plants have their own secret life, and by helping them flourish in your backyard, you will not only have a million-dollar garden, but you’ll also be a part of their family.