Keeping Your Trees and Plants Free From Disease And Pests

Posted on Feb 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Keeping Your Trees and Plants Free From Disease And Pests | The Experienced Gardener

Creating a garden in your home, whether in your front or back yard, is a special process. You take the time to do research about which plants or trees will do well in your area. You plant them all correctly according to the information you've found. And then you work day in and day out to make sure they have all they they need to thrive- water, nutrients and the proper amount of daily sunlight. Since you spent so much time caring for these plants, you become invested in their wellbeing. So nothing's worse than watching them be destroyed by pests or disease. 

Protecting your plants or trees from disease is something you'll need to be proactive about. You'll need to look out for signs of infestations or illnesses, as well as doing what you can to prevent any future issues. Here are some tips that we've learned about how to help your beloved garden avoid being impacted by things that can damage it. 

Fertilize the Correct Amount – No More, No Less

Whichever fertilizer you opt for, use only the recommended amount. Over-fertilizing isn’t going to make your plants grow any faster, and it can actually make them more susceptible to pests. Over-fertilizing encourages weak growth, which is attractive to pests.

Don’t Water the Lawn Late In The Day

Fungus will flourish in damp space, and if you water your lawn in the evening, it’s going to be pretty moist all night. Therefore, water earlier in the day, so the lawn has a chance to dry out. Give the sun a chance to reduce the moisture and prevent the damaging funguses that might sprout up, given the opportunity. This is also a good way to keep pests from hanging around. The less standing water, the better when it comes to pest control.

Cut off Diseased Portions Immediately

As soon as you see a branch or portion of a plant that’s diseased, you should cut it off right away. Often, a disease hasn’t spread enough to affect an entire plant, and eliminating the diseased portion will halt the problem. It’s not a guarantee of success, but it’s certainly worth a try. If you notice some spots in your tree or plants that looks odd but you're not sure what is causing it, leave it and call your professional landscaper right away. They'll be able to come take a look at it to make sure it's infected before you trim it away, if you're feeling unsure.

Spray Your Plants With a Good Pesticide

Pests are a constant concern for any plantlife, and vigilance is the best way to halt these problems. You should always be watching for signs of pests. However, utilizing a protective pesticide is also a strong deterrent. Even if you prefer to keep things organic and non-toxic, there are variations out there that can meet your needs. If you're considering hiring a landscaper, you can always tell them that you prefer to use non-toxic products in your yard. Any reputable gardening company should be able to accommodate.

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens