Keeping your garden clean is important to ensure that the garden crops grow healthy, and the garden itself does not constitute a health hazard to your home and environment. Keeping your garden clean starts with choosing the right type of plants. You should examine the plants and make sure they are healthy enough and wouldn’t introduce diseases to the garden. Choose garden plants that will make garden cleaning and maintenance easier. The following are other essential garden cleaning tips and ideas.
Clean The Garden More In Fall Season
Experts suggest that the best time to clean up your garden is the fall season, even if you reside in a moderate climate region. The reason for cleaning the garden in the fall season is to reduce risks of diseases and also control the spread of already existing disease, effectively. Diseases can spread through dead leave to new leaves in fall, the leaf streak and black spot diseases for instance are rampant in the Fall season and that could be the best time to clear them away before new leaves arrive in Springs.
Grow Disease Resistant Varieties
You may have one particular plant I mind to grow but it pays if you grow a disease-resistant breed. For instance, you may want to look at VFN-resistant tomatoes, known for their resilience against viral, fungal, and nematode diseases. There are also numerous flowers that are resistant to blackspot and mildew diseases.
Always Prune The Plant’s Damaged Limbs At The Right Time
Trimming your garden’s shrubs and trees is better in the late winter season than the springs. Similarly, wounded plant limbs may become infected quickly, thus allowing diseases to spread especially when the affected plant is dormant. Pruning in late winter can help reduce the risks of diseases spreading to new plants, it is, therefore, advisable to trim damaged limbs whenever they are discovered. Make sure you use sharp garden tools because they make cleaner cuts and that will help plants heal rapidly.
Avoid Overcrowding Your Garden
Many gardeners are easily carried away with planting as many varieties as possible and in the process of doing this make their gardens become crowded. If your garden is already crowded, do trim out the crowded and damaged old stalks on plants, especially those susceptible to mildew infections.
Crowded plants are known to create higher humidity that allows diseases such as mildew to spread rapidly. Garden plants that are planted too close together may grow poorly due to high competition for light, nutrients, and water and they are the most susceptible to diseases.
Choose The Fully Composted Yard Waste Only
Not all materials found in composite piles degrade fully, that that is not fully degraded and may cause infections in your plant. Experts suggest that you avoid composites like mulch if you are unsure of the proper degradation status of the components. Using the right fertilizer, weed removal and raking fallen leaves are some other essential ways through which you can keep your garden clean always. You should also create a fence round about the garden for extra protection and tidiness.