Discovering that your garden has either a bug infestation or disease can be a bit heartbreaking. It’s unfortunate, but all the hard work, time, and money that you’ve put into your yard can be undone by disease or infestation, or both.
Dead grass, mold, bald spots, rotting roots, discolored, and wilting plant leaves are all things that a healthy garden doesn’t have. To maintain your garden’s health, it’s important to know what to do when you discover you have garden problems.
Treat and prevent
If you suspect you have a problem, the first thing you’ll need to do is to identify the problem you have. This can be a difficult task, but if you know what to look for, it will make it easier.
When looking for insects, you’ll want to look for the bugs themselves. Look for bugs under leaves, in empty pots, on the roots when replanting plants, and inside flower buds.
You can also use a flashlight at night to look for slugs and snails.
A disease may be trickier to understand, but it can be both treated and prevented with proper lawn care. When it comes to lawn disease, over watering, over mowing, and over fertilizing can do a lot of damage. If you do have yard disease, there are several things you can do to help reverse the situation.
Use fertilizer, but be sure to do so according to the directions. Using too much fertilizer can burn the roots of your plants.
Mow properly by never mowing more than 1/3 of your grass’s height at a time.
Consider installing an irrigation system. Irrigate with 1/3 of an inch of water in the morning before 10 am, or evening, after 5 pm.
Attract beneficial insect
Some bugs in your yard can help you restore your garden to good health. Insects like bumblebees, aphid parasites, lady beetles, praying mantises, and mealy bug destroyers are all bugs you will want to welcome in your garden.
When you see unwanted pests in your garden, don’t automatically reach for the poison. Poisons can do more harm than good, especially if misapplied.
Call a professional
It’s not hard to get overwhelmed when your garden shows signs of disease or infestation. Seeing dead or eaten leaves, large spots of brown grass, or mold on trees and other foliage can make the best of us become quite frustrated.
Before you go crazy, it may be time to call a professional. We at The Experienced Gardner will help you cure and prevent disease and infestations in your garden quickly and without costing you your garden.