Basic Tips for Garden Maintenance
Garden Maintenance is an art to keep the plants healthy and productive. Maintaining a garden is not an easy task unless it becomes habit. Maintaining the garden is not just about watering the plants, it involves a lot of effort. The practice of maintaining the garden changes on the type of the plants you have at your garden. Listed below are some of the basic ideas for Garden Maintenance.
Before maintaining, setting up of the garden at the right place is very important. Lighting plays a huge role for growing healthy plants. Lighting can be further classified into two types one is direct lighting and the other is indirect lighting. If you’re planning to provide direct light to your plants then you must place it under bright sunlight every day, in terms of indirect lighting the plant needs ambient light most of the day. In terms of lowlight the light should be provided one or two hours a day.
Watering is directly proportional to the exposure of light and it is the key area to look after in the garden maintenance tactics. Knowing the amount of light, the plant receives you must water it accordingly. It will then be like posing a magic spell, but it is a bit tricky too. If the plant needs more water it should be watered often, whereas some plants needs only less amount of water, in that case watering must be done only after the sand gets dried completely. Some plants need water sprayed over them only to stay hydrated.
Insecticides and Pesticides:
Pesticides are important to keep your plant free from bugs and insects but using excessive pesticides may also affect the plants. Before spraying the pesticides, always check them by spraying it to the small area of the plant and watch it keenly, the reason is some pesticides are too strong for the plant to cope up. In that case the plant will be dead if you spray more.
Natural pesticides such as Neem and Pepper acts effectively, but they act comparatively slower than artificial pest controllers. Salt, Eucalyptus oil, Onion and Garlic spray, Chrysanthemum flower tea are some of the notable natural pest controllers which are used widely. The natural pest controllers have no harm over the plant. Essential oils such as Thyme oil, Tea tree oil, peppermint oil keeps the bug away from the leaves.
Artificial pesticides or the synthetic pesticides containing malathion or carbaryl are used widely for controlling beetles and bugs. But for vegetable plants spraying less chemical pest controller is advisable. Using and spraying Herbicides occasionally will also help.
Fertilizers are also classified into natural fertilizer and artificial fertilizer. Natural fertilizers or Organic fertilizers are derived from animal wastes and animal excreta in the sense waste after meat processing. Sand also contains some natural fertilizers such as potassium and nitrogen. Choosing the sand wisely at the initial stage of setting up the garden will help you throughout the run. As sands acts as the first source to enrich root. Sand with some organic content will be edible for the plant to grow well.
Artificial Fertilizers are made by human himself by combining some inorganic chemical substances to promote the growth of the plant in fast pace. These fertilizers are made by combining the elements such as calcium, nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium. These fertilizers can be used for large area of cultivation but are really inapt for fertilizing a small portion of garden.
The container must be big enough for the plant to spread its roots and sit comfortably. The container should be able to hold some water in it. The pot should be filled with soil delicately and ensuring that the soil is settled enough. If there are any gaps in the soil, then the pot will have a weak plant.