We often hear the term “healthy garden.” When most people hear this term, they often just think of blossoming and vibrant plants. People don’t realize that plants can also get diseases.
Plants are like people and can get sick with diseases. And just like humans, these diseases can be prevented if you know the conditions that produce them, as well as doing things that will allow you to avoid them.
Here are four tips to keep your garden healthy.
Examine Before Buying
One of the easiest ways to avoid diseases in your garden is by not introducing it to your garden in the first place.
If you’ll be buying plants and planting them into your garden, examine them closely first. Look out for any dead spots, insects, or rotted stems. It may be hard to spot at first, but eventually you’ll get it.
Additionally, you should look under and inspect the quality of the plant’s roots. They should be stable and firm. If the roots are mushy, that is not a good sign and you should move on.
Beware of Bugs
People think that bugs eating the plants just damages the aesthetic of the plant. It goes way deeper than that though.
When a bug eats through a plant, it creates an opening in the plant. Viruses and bacteria are free to enter this opening if it presents itself.
Oftentimes, bugs are also carriers of diseases. If not stopped, they could infect a number of your plants. Eventually, your whole garden will be dead.
Usually, you can ask gardeners and people who sell flowers what diseases a certain plant is susceptible and resistant to.
Watering your plants and garden is no doubt a good thing. However, did you know that there is a correct way to water your plants?
When watering your plants, you should make sure to avoid moisture on the plant’s foliage. The reason behind this is that most diseases also require water to grow and spread.
To do this, you should differ your watering method. Utilize a soaker hose and drip irrigation. If you don’t have any of these though, you should make sure that you hold the leaves out of the way and water the roots instead.
Problems with leaves are usually only made worse when the leaves are watered.
It isn’t totally impossible to water plants with the overhead style. However, if you do so, make sure that you do it at the time of day that allows for the leaves to dry easier.