Anyone with a green finger loves to work on their garden. We often find it calming and it is a good way to maintain our weight too. Keeping the garden well prepared and in a healthier way helps to ensure that the plants grow well without any unexpected or disappointing outcomes that ruin the day.
Here are three ways to keep your garden healthier than it has been before.
Ensure Compost is Fully Decomposed
The items placed in a compost bin don’t decompose at the exact same speed. It’s quite possible that some items have degraded well enough for use but others are nowhere close to being ready. The process of composting delivers impressive temperatures for sustained periods, which has the effect of burning out the remaining pathogens still present. Skipping this process or not letting it complete the cycle of decomposition risks taking debris that’s infected right back into the garden and potentially killing off your plants. Learning how to compost well is the key to avoiding this issue.
Knowing When & How to Water the Garden
Watering the garden is good for both the plants and the soil, but like most things in life, overdoing it has consequences too. There are often pathogens lying idle within the soil. These move around to inject different parts of plants and hop over to other plant life when supplied enough water to do so. Using just enough water but not too much is the first step to avoiding a watering problem.
Watering should be cut back with less water deposited on the foliage of the plants especially. Irrigation that drips water is a good option. When using a hose manually, bend over to move the leaves aside to directly reach the soil below. Leaves develop problems when they’re too moist for too long. By avoiding this, many plant disease issues go away and not flooding the plant life helps prevent existing pathogens from jumping to other plants.
Pruning Back Unwieldy Trees
Whether its shrubs or a tree, shrubs and tree limbs that have sustained damage through wind or other natural (or unnatural) causes should be tended to promptly. Doing something about them is best done as soon as the problem is noticed rather than leaving it until a few months later. Exposed cuts to a broken tree limb can become infected, which spells trouble for the long-term health of the tree.
Tree pruning Toronto is also important to avoid damaged limbs falling on top of visitors who came to hang out in the garden. An unfortunate accident like this could cause a permanent rift in a friendship and perhaps a lawsuit to recover their medical expenses. It’s best to get distressed tree limbs removed promptly and safely to avoid potential problems.
These types of activities might fairly be considered garden maintenance. They’re not sexy, but they are just as important as more everyday gardening activities because they affect a garden’s long-term health and vibrancy.