Perfect Mold and Fungal Diseases Control Tips

mold and fungal diseases in plantsDuring the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.

It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.

The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Preparing Your Garden For Summer

climatisIt’s time to ready the garden for summer. The preparation you make now will help you enjoy the garden later.

The first step is to clean up the lawn and the beds. Take out the rake and make sure the leaves are off the lawn and the perennial beds, and make sure they don’t cover the area where you will soon plant annuals. Pick up any tree limbs that landed on the lawn, driveway or walkways.

Pruning often contributes to a healthier tree or shrub, but each plant has its pruning time. A rhododendron or azalea, which are shrubs that bloom in the spring, need pruning in mid-summer after their flowers have gone.

Dead limbs of trees and shrubs need to be cut so that the plant will enjoy more vigor. Since such limbs only burden the plant, cutting them off helps the plant as the growing season progresses. Read the rest of this entry

Few Important April Gardening Activities

april gardening tipsApril is the prime planting month as the spring gardening season is here. This includes seeds and seedlings of flowers such as vinca, zinnia, salvia, cosmos and marigolds and edibles such as squashes, melons, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, herbs and peppers

It is now time to thin out trees, especially mesquites, to prepare them for rough monsoon weather.Pick up dead leaves under plants to prohibit insects and fungus from gathering.Make sure the automatic irrigation system is properly working. Replace the battery in the timer.

Start fertilizing. If you avoided feeding plants in March because of the frost, start up again. Set a schedule of once a week if you use water-soluble fertilizer, once a month with organic methods.

Wake the lawn. Spur Bermuda growth by fertilizing and watering the lawn. Sod should be laid as early in April as possible. Some available sod may still be overseeded with perennial rye, but Bermuda will pop up as the weather continues to warm.

Tuck bulbs away. Tulip, hyacinth and other bulbs begin to go dormant. Save them for fall planting by gently pulling them out, removing foliage that has died back and allowing them to dry for a couple of days. Sprinkle on dusting sulphur, wrap in shredded newspaper and put in a paper bag to store in a cool, dark area such as the pantry.

Perennials in containers make a great gardening combination, but you need to take a little extra care otherwise they will quickly go to pot if overlooked in the winter.

Plant roots are vulnerable to freezing in containers, where the soil hardens more than it would in the ground. Stems and branches — particularly those on small trees and shrubs — need protection from the deep chill as well as from snow and ice.

Containers should be cared for to prevent splintering and crumbling.

Leonard Perry, an extension horticulturist with the University of Vermont opines that, “The most important thing you can do when overwintering container plants is ensure that they’re vigorous and established.” Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Winter Tree Pruning Tips

The most tedious winter gardening task – pruning trees, should be taken care of now. Make your cuts toward the outside bud. You don’t want a central leader, so get rid of it if you have one. The idea is to open the tree up. You’re looking for three to four good scaffolding branches. Cut off any suckers that have developed. Look at your tree as if it had spokes on a wheel.

For many neighbourhood yards, tree size can be a problem. If space is a problem, you can take two or even three trees, angle them out and place them in the same hole. Remove the inside branches and you’ve got three trees in a small space.

Winter pruning accelerates growth and summer pruning checks growth. In summer, after the new growth, you can top a tree straight across to keep it in check.

Another option for small-space gardeners is to consider using the espalier technique to train trees to grow against a fence line. You may purchase multi-grafted fruit trees. Some apples have four varieties, or you can get a peach, plum, nectarine and apricot- all on one tree.

Winter is a great time to re-landscape different areas of your garden. It’s a good opportunity to get ready for the spring- laying in new soil or putting in a drip system.


Time For Pruning Apple and Pear Trees

January normally runs through low temperatures and it is the appropriate time of the year when your apple and pear trees will need winter pruning.

It’s still possible to tell the difference between the plump, rounded flower buds and the slim, pointed leaf buds.

Once buds begin to swell it’s much harder to tell them apart and this is why it is the most appropriate period for pruning these trees. However, pruning is always done in clement weather, not in frost.

You must commence pruning by removing dying, diseased and dead wood and any branches that cross. Aim to create an open shape that allows light to ripen the fruit. This needs consideration and pruning should be a thoughtful, slow process tackled with the sharpest secateurs you own. Cuts are made to outward-facing buds so that the new growth heads either upwards or outwards, not into the tree. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Take Stock of Your Landscape

This time of the year amidst intense heat at various places you should put off labor-intensive jobs such as creating new beds (or even reworking old beds), building structures like decks and arbors or major landscape plantings. Instead, you should invest your time in slowly strolling around your gardens in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are somewhat cooler. Stop to take care of some weed issues and try to keep the physical activity to a minimum because it may be too hot to do that.

It would be a better option to take a stock of your own landscape.It is a good time to enjoy beautiful flowers and bright colors of summer bedding plants and tropicals blooming this time of year. You should work hard to create and maintain your gardens — don’t forget to appreciate and enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry

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