Getting a beautiful and healthy garden is no rocket science. All it takes is some time, the right information and some patience. You can also make your garden a high beauty paradise if you take proper care of it and follow some maintenance tips.
Here are some top tips for your garden maintenance to ensure it is not only aesthetically appealing but also healthy.
Adjust The pH Of The Soil
If you want to make your grass healthy, it is important to adjust the pH of the soil. If the soil looks black and rich, it does not mean that the pH is balanced. It is important to send samples of the soil to the local extensions to find out if the pH of the soil is right or not. If you want to increase the pH of the soil, add lime to it or conversely, adding iron to the soil will lower its pH. The preferable level of pH for healthy growth of plants is 6 to 7.2.
Shady Areas Have Different Nutrient Needs Than The Ones In The Sun
Many people tend to over apply fertilizers and water to the areas that are not getting too much sunlight as they appear to be growing slow. You will be surprised to know that this will actually kill the plants and the grass. It is important to make sure that the grass and plants in areas in the sun and in shade are treated differently. Since water in the shady areas evaporates less, less watering is needed in these areas. Similarly, fertilizer amount also needs to be halved when it is being spread on the areas under shade.
Mulching (the process of laying down organic materials) serves different purposes.
- It improves the moisture retention of the soil
- Regulates the temperature of the soil
- Prevents eroding
- Reduces the chances of weed growth
- Reduces diseases in plants and grass
You can use any organic material for mulching including grass clippings, bark, paper, sawdust, leaves, straw or hay. The best time to apply mulching is the spring.
Insects And Pests
It is important to make sure you keep an eye for pests and insects in your garden. No garden maintenance is complete unless it is free from all kinds of pests that feed on your plants, grass and flowers. Some pests are too small to be detected, therefore, you should look out for clues such as holes in the leaves. If your suspect the presence of harmful insects and pests, make sure you take effective measures against them. You can choose from powders, sprays, barriers, and traps or can make use of biological controls such as nematodes and predatory insects to clean your garden from these tiny creatures.
Lookout For Weeds
Weeds not only look ugly, but are also take up the nutrients that your plants, soil and flowers need. They are also a favourable habitat for the growth of insects and pests that can destroy the garden. For the best garden maintenance, it is important to control weeds either through spraying them, hoeing or hand pulling.