Maintenance of your garden can be an arduous task especially if plants are constantly getting affected by different diseases and viruses. In this article, we will try to shed some light as to how you can make your garden disease-free with a convenient maintenance routine.
Sometimes Composites can Become Dangerous
We all have heard about the benefits of compost piles, but few people know that if all the plant debris is not fully decomposed within the compost pile, then instead of assisting the growth, it can infect it.
In the process of decomposition, high temperatures are produced which kills off all those pathogens present in the infected plants debris of compost. Therefore, it is better to wait for your compost to fully decompose before using it and avoid any adverse effects.
Inspect New Plants before Bringing Them Into Your Garden
Diseases can also make their way to your garden through new plants. Therefore always buy new plants after proper inspection. Even though it is difficult to tell if a plant is diseased or not, but you can take help from experts. Do some research online before you buy a plant or if a newly-bought plant looks off.
Plants with dead spots and rotten stems are host to many diseases. So don’t take plants with such symptoms home. They will affect the other plants in your garden and before you know it you will have a endemic on your hands.
Many people overlook the health of plant roots while buying new plants. Always check the roots because the health of a plant is greatly dependent on its root quality. You can easily judge the health of roots by looking for some of these characteristics:
- Roots should be well spread through the soil.
- Dark and soggy roots mean that the plant isn’t well.
Even if the upper part of a plant looks healthy, it is just matter of days or weeks that the plant will be killed by the infected roots.
Bugs: Instigators of Plant damage
Insects and bugs bring a plethora of troubles for the plants in your garden when they come visiting. Not only do they damage the leaves and stems of plants by devouring them, they also provide openings for bacteria and other pathogens to enter the plants. Many garden pests are also carriers of plant viruses.
It is better to use organic pesticides to deal with the bug problem in your garden. However, if you think that your garden needs an urgent remedy, then you can use commercially available insecticides as well.
In addition to water and air, sunlight is equally if not more important for the survival of plants. Make sure that every plant in your garden is exposed to sufficient amount of light. Sometimes larger plants may hinder the path of sunlight for smaller plants. It is necessary to do plan your garden in a way that when fully grown, every plant can get ample amount of light.
Making your garden disease-free and providing sunlight to all the plants will greatly reduce your maintenance job.