How to Ensure the Health of Your Plants
Many people wonder how they can possibly keep their gardens green and fresh. It is common, particularly in the summer months, to see a dry lawn, with grass crackling underfoot. This need not be necessary, though. There are several steps that can be taken to ensure the health of a lawn or garden, ranging from the simple steps, like proper watering, to more drastic steps involving pesticides and weeding.
Calculate and consider how much water your plants require. If you are planting a garden, consider this before you buy seeds or saplings. Per square foot, many types of turf grass take in a consistent amount of water, in gallons or liters. Then, find out how much water small trees, hedges, or shrubs need. For many of these types of plants, rain water will suffice as a means of irrigation. Then, calculate the amount of water your smaller plants, including vegetables and flowers, need. Once this number is calculated, take steps toward watering the plants near the exact amount every day, week, or month.
Water your plants at night. This allows them to absorb the water without the sun evaporating it from their leaves. It also keeps sunlight from refracting off the water droplets and causing heat or light damage to your plants.
Find out what local pests are in your area, and set up methods to scare them away. Scarecrows occasionally work, but often tips other methods, like hanging CDs from string over your garden, can also be effective. Other simple methods include allowing your dog near your garden (assuming he or she does not dig!) and letting him or her scare away birds, deer, and small rodents.
To identify pests, observe leaves and look for the tell-tale signs. Teeth marks, chewing, fallen leaves, pushed over fences, and footprints all indicate the presence of small pests. Other signs of larger pests can be feces, large footprints, gnawed fruits, and hair.
Remove roots all the way to the root. Simply plucking the weed from the ground by breaking the stalk (as one would pick a flower) can encourage re-population, as the roots remain in the ground, where they can grow new stalks.
If you have children, consider taking them to a park or other area to play, if you are concerned about the health of your turf grass. Many children’s games can rip up grass by the roots, leaving clumps of grass and mud around your lawn, with deep holes where the clumps used to be. Alternatively, you can designate the front yard as a no-play zone, while allowing the back yard to be open to games, entertaining, and other activities that would otherwise destroy your perfectly manicured lawn.
Though these tips may not encompass all the possible things that make your lawn or garden vulnerable, they do cover the major problems many gardeners report. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your garden is safe, well-kept, and bountiful for the seasons to come.