What Is Flower Garden Maintenance?

The basic needs for a healthy flower garden are simple – well-prepared soil, careful sowing and planting at the right time, warmth, food and moisture; attention to pest and weed control.

Undisturbed weeds will compete with your garden plants for food and moisture and can be, a source of diseases and pests. For fruit, flowers, vegetables and shrubs, all of them can be, controlled with chemical and cultivation measures.

Chemical methods use weed killer on paths or drives. Aminotriazole or simazine are suitable materials when used to the manufacturer’s guidelines, and, are very affective in most conditions. Cultivation is the most convenient method to use in most gardens. Use a hoe regularly in the summer to chop off the seeding weeds before they have a chance, to develop and take over. Start this job in the morning or as early in the day as you can. In the winter months dig the weeds into the soil. Large weeds are best dug out completely or cut off and pulled out.

Stopping and dis-budding Stopping means removing the growing point after four or six leaves have formed. (The first two leaves which form do not count.) This causes the plant to make shoots and to bear more blooms in a bushy way, rather, than a tall slim form. Sweet-peas, dahlias, antirrhinums, fuchsias and geraniums respond very well to this procedure. Some varieties produce more shoots than can be, supported and bloom to perfection, but by judicious thinning better quality, earlier flowers can be, produced to beautify the flower garden.

Spring Garden Maintenance: Ignore the Weather

On the 20th March the sun officially passed the equator on its annual northern trip for the summer. This means that spring is officially here, but with this March breaking records in many countries for the cold weather that they have experienced, many gardeners will be worrying less about the melting of sea ice at the pole this summer and more about whether the pond ice is ever going to recede. For those with existing ponds, spring is an important time of year and there are a number of maintenance tasks to perform before the growing season gets underway – assuming it does. Here are a few seasonal checks to get you started.

Aquatic Planting Overload

Aquatic plants contribute to the overall health of your pond but can also become a problem if they are over enthusiastic. While most people will have cut back some of the plants in autumn, spring is a good time to check the balance of plant life and remove excess planting. Once the growing season starts existing plants will spread rapidly and in well-established ponds it can be important to remove some of the planting to avoid creating too much shade. This is particularly the case in ponds which provide a home to fish, but be sure to leave enough planting to provide some shade. When removing or restocking, remember to take extra care when touching the pond liner. While a modern epalyn pond liner will be robust it should always be handled carefully. Also check the liner for any damage at this time of year to avoid problems over the summer.

Water Servicing

Spring means it is time to remove nets if you’ve used them over autumn and winter. Specialist pumps and vacuums can also be used to remove sediment that has built up over winter. When clearing sediment again take care of the pond liner; completely cleaning the pond is not entirely necessary but reducing dirt and sediment will help to keep the pond healthy once you start to feed fish more regularly. Spring is also a good time to introduce some new water into the pond. Most experts recommend a twenty-five percent change, which should refresh the ecosystem and create a healthy ‘summer ready’ pond environment.

Practical Maintenance

If you’ve removed your pond pump for the winter, now is the time to give it a quick check and service if necessary. If you accidentally forgot (or put off) cleaning the pump in autumn then it’s time to forget the excuses and thoroughly clean and check the filters. Replace any parts as required and get the pond pump back in and working. As light increases this will help to keep the pond oxygenated and encourage fish to become more active. As temperatures begin to rise, hopefully at least, both plants and aquatic animals will become more active. Ensuring that your pond is in peak condition will allow you to relax and enjoy the garden to the full this summer.

Rose Garden Maintenance Tips, Easy to Understand

Roses are admired by people of almost every age group. They are a sign of love, sign of peace and sign of harmony. However, there is a misconception among some people that maintenance of a rose garden is a difficult task. (Rose) gardens are very easy to handle and maintain, however, in order to properly maintain your rose garden; you need to follow some practical guidelines which I will be elaborating in this piece of writing.

1 Watering is the most important part of the proper growth of the roses. You must water your (rose) garden on frequent basis. Water the roots of the roses while avoid watering the leaves. Make sure that your Rose garden should remain moist in the morning and not in the evening.

2 Regularly cultivate the soil of your rose garden. Diffusion of a mulch of pine needles, wood chips or other environmental material will slow down weed development. Roses are sensitive to herbicides so one should avoid using them at every cost.

3 Leaves of the roses turn white if they get infected by black spot due to their growth in humid and rainy conditions. General fungus sickness contains rust, which is typified by lifted orange marks on the bases of leaves, and rose cancer, which creates brown colored patches on the branches. A fungicide should be the cure for these diseases. However, before applying any fungicide, take some advice from a professional gardener or the concerned personnel. Use alcohol to clean pruners and avoid the spread of diseases.

4 Pruning is very important for the shape and look of your (rose) garden. After cutting down the dead stems, prune the plant by one half until the stems turn white instead of brown color. Create slanted cuts over outer facing buds by five leaflets to encourage development of the roses. In summer season, make sure you cut off the dead roses from your rose garden, not cutting them off in time might cause harm to other roses as well.

5 In winter, rose garden requires less maintenance as compared to the summer season. Don’t fertilize roses during the fall season, as encouraging new growth makes them weaker to face cold.

Above mentioned were some simple rose garden maintenance tips which are really easy to understand and apply. Follow the above mentioned tips as described if you want to make sure that your rose garden remains fresh and healthy for a long period of time.