Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in America. In fact, according to a 2013 survey, 35 percent of households in America participate in some kind of food gardening. That’s more than 40 million people! Shouldn’t that make produce prices a little cheaper, with all the competition? But I digress…
Having a garden requires just a little bit of work and maintenance, but over a long period of time – gardens don’t grow overnight. And your plants are going to have even more trouble sprouting if you don’t know what you’re doing; or the potential problems to look out for.
Here are four outside factors that could harm your lawn and garden:
Perhaps the No. 1 concern for amateur gardeners, few things can tear up a vegetable garden faster than bugs. Not only will insects eat up your plants, they’ll also spread disease. Pesticide use can help prevent them, but we already have overuse issues here in California, so spray sparingly. And you can always consider more natural defense methods.
- Fungi spores
Think of a fungi spore as like a fungus “seed” – the spore can travel long distances, and if it ends up on your lawn, that’s how you end up with a fungal tree disease. Fungi are one of the most common problems for trees to encounter, which is why we recommend planting fungus-resistant varieties.
What kind of critters? Squirrels, raccoons, possums and rats are common villains to be found in the yard. Like bugs, they’ll feast on your crops. Having a pet in the yard can keep them at bay, or consider placing a fence or some chicken wire around the garden.
Yes, the amateur gardener is often the garden’s biggest enemy. Gardeners need to be careful not to over manage the garden – plants do grow in nature without our help, you know. However you treat the garden, just don’t overdo it. Fertilizer and water have their roles, but don’t provide too much of either. These substances are meant to help the garden, not overwhelm it.