Avoiding Garden Problems

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Avoiding Garden Problems

Eradicating Weeds, Curing Plant Diseases and Eliminating Pests From Our Gardens Can Be Expensive and Time Consuming - Follow These Tips To Practice Prevention.

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Before we treat a condition, even with an organic solution, you should analyze your lawn and landscape to try to avoid garden problems in the first place.

So the place to start in avoiding garden problems is to go through this garden health check list and make sure the environment for your plants will promote strong healthy growth.

Segregate Garden Plans

Avoiding Garden Problems - Segregate Sick Plants Right Away

Segregate Foreign Plants:

One of the biggest culprits to introduce pests or disease into your garden and landscape is placing a foreign plant in our garden or landscape without regard to its health.

We are all guilty of it - accepting plants from friends or acquaintances that they have split or inherited in one way or another.

Since doing this is one of the joys of gardening and none of us would want to be deprived of this, so the obvious solution is to isolate the foreign plant from the remainder of the garden.

So tip number one would be to develop a special area that is segregated from the rest of the garden. If you have a suspect plant, you can wash all of the soil off the roots and try replanting it and then keep a close watch on it.

Avoiding Garden Problems - Tips
    Plant some Marigolds and Ornamental Onions throughout your landscape and garden. The Marigold repel many species of insects and the Onions are a great way to discourage beetles, ant and other pests from entering your garden space.

Praying Mantis

Avoiding Garden Problems - Purchase Preditory Insects

    Purchase natural preditors of the pest insects that invade our gardens. This is a great way to avoid garden problems as you are doing it in the most natural of ways. Lady Bugs and Praying Mantises each east tons of Aphids.
    Beneficial Nematodes also take care of their fair share of gardens pests. Just release them and sit back in your lawn chair to let them do their thing.
    Be sure to keep up on your housekeeping in your Yarden. Clean up loose and dead leaves, especially in the fall. Cut back old growth herbaceous plants in the fall as well. Insect love to harbor in this debris and by doing this you are eliminating much of your insect problems come springtime.
    Leave adequate air circulation around plants. Over-crowding of plants not only can stress the plants, it can cause disease too.
    An obvious one that still needs mentioning is to keep your plants well fed and properly watered. A healthy, happy plant will be much better armed to stave off disease and insects than a stressed out plant.

Walk Through The Garden

Avoiding Garden Problems - Walk Through The Garden Frequently

    We all like to take daily walks in our gardens and landscape. Just take a sharp Felco Trimmer along with you and keep and eagle eye out for problems that are affecting your plants, like spotted leaves or withered stems.
    Also be sure to remove any plants that look stressed for no know reason.
    There are certain species of plants that have a natural resistance to garden pests. If you want to avoid garden problems as much as possible, plant additional pest-resistant species.
    If you suspect any kind of chewing grubs, spread Milky Spore around the garden. It is completely organic and will kill every grub in the garden.
    When needed focus your attack with all organic pest control measures. Use sprays known to be the least toxic such as insecticidal soaps, BT (bacillus thutingiensis), pyrethrum, neem or horticultural oils.
Perennial Dieback

Avoiding Garden Problems - Dieback Can Be Caused By Many Reasons

    Many times certain perennials can begin to die back. This may simply be corrected by dividing the plant to bring back new vigor. Many perennials are very receptive and also can benefit from the division process.
    Check that a suspect plant is planted at the correct soil level. Many perennials do not like to have the crown of the plant planted beneath the soil line, so verify it is planted at the correct depth.
    Is the suspect plant damage by frost? Verify the daily temperatures and make sure that some of the tenders plants aren't simply be affected by temperature.
Avoiding Garden Problems - Check The Plant Watering Requirements
    Is the plant been too wet or too dry? Verify the plants ideal watering condition. If a plant has "wet feet" this almost always spells disaster to many garden plants.
    What is the condition of the soil? Is the PH correct for the suspected plants? Usually plants will tell you they don't like the PH levels by simply not returning the next year. So do a PH test and design your garden and landscape with plants that adapt well to that PH level.
    Are the plants in need of fertilizer or have they been over-fertilized? It is very easy to over-fertilizer with in-organic fertilizer. It is also easy to burn plants with high nitrogen organic fertilizer such as chicken manure. Look for damaged leaf edges as a sign of burning.
Avoiding Garden Problems - Check for Slugs
    If you have lots of holes in your large leafy plants such as Hosta, it is likely you have a slug problem. Utilize Diatomaceous Earth or slug traps filled with beer to eradicate them naturally.
Spraying Pesticides

Avoiding Garden Problems - Pesticide Application

Avoiding Garden Problems - Application of Organic Pesticides:
    Use extreme care when you are using pesticides, even the ones that are deemed organic. They are still designed to kill bugs and may not be completely safe for humans or animals. They may degrade quicker or be non-pollutant to the soils.
    Always exercise caution when using any product with a sprayer or dusting. Wear appropriate clothing to cover your skin and rubber gloves and above all else wear a dust mask as a minimum and eye protection.
    Pesticides of any sort should be the last resort of any control measure. Using the above prevention tips will get you a long ways toward avoiding garden problems.
    Above all else, when you see a problem starting to develop, hit it hard as quickly as you can. This is the easiest time to arrest problems and to stop them from spiraling into a much greater garden-wide ailment that you will need to address at a much larger scale.
Healthy Happy Landscape

Avoiding Garden Problems - For a Healthy, Happy Garden and Landscape