Here at GW Plant Hire, we deal with a lot of misused areas of land. Whether this is public or private property, we witness first hand the consequences of neglect when it comes to plants, gardens and land in general. On a personal scale, something we can all do to look after our land and outdoor space, is to care for our garden properly, and give it the right treatment. This is important is it prevents things like disease to your plants, and overgrown hazardous trees and branches, as well as keeps the whole area looking tidy and presentable.
We thought we’d offer a few tips on how to ensure that you are looking after your garden properly and explain why this is so important.
Of course, during summer, gardening is much easier and more appealing than during other times of the year. However, this does not mean you can neglect your garden when it’s not summer. Different weather conditions also call for different levels of care and attention, like during summer for example, your garden will need more water, and you must give it this in order to keep it healthy. Furthermore, preparing and maintaining your garden for summer really pays off in many ways. The sun and humidity will allow your plants to thrive, so you could even make summer your aim in terms of getting your garden in good condition if it isn’t already.
The fact is, plants cannot grow without healthy soil, and you can contribute in ensuring that your soil is healthy. Without good soil, the roots won’t be able to grow and develop at a good pace, nor properly. Good, healthy soil enables the water and nutrients to travel to all roots that lie underneath which as a result will feed your plants and keep them healthy and growing properly. One way in which you can contribute to keeping your soil healthy, is by using fertilisers, which improves the availability of nutrients. This ensures that your plants are always getting enough which will result in healthy growth.
This actually has a much bigger impact than you realise. The last thing you want is for your garden to look scruffy, and quite often, when a garden does become scruffy, it means that it’s being neglected and that the plants aren’t getting the right care and attention. Jobs as simple as removing dead plants and weeds can prevent disease from spreading, and therefore killing other plants in your garden as a result. Weeds are a particular pest when it comes to keeping presentation neat and tidy. They will constantly grow and get in the way unless removed, and they can be a bit of an eye sore. Putting the correct detterrants in place in order to prevent more from growing can really help to keep appearance tidy, and weed mats are a really good tool to assist with this. They work by suppressing the weeds and therefore keep them out of the way. Cultivating is another method of effective weed control. It means removing weeds from your garden as well as loosening the soil to help and ease up the spreading of water, nutrients and air.
You can also keep your garden clean and tidy by cutting and trimming the lawn regularly, and cutting down bushes, trees or branches that appear slightly overgrown. This will tidy up the appearance but also could reduce risk of hazards if there are branches or trees causing disruption.
When plants aren’t fed, they become at risk. Without the right nutrients, plants won’t be able to continue growing and staying healthy, and quite often will die and become rotten. You can help prevent this by watering them regularly, particularly throughout summer. Of course, during seasons of regular rainfall, watering your plants isn’t required as often, but it is still necessary to keep them well fed and in good condition.
Furthermore, different types of plants require different levels of care, and some may need to be watered more frequently than others. If you have a hanging basket for example, you should really water these daily throughout the summer to ensure long life and help them thrive. At other points in the year this may only be required weekly, or every few days. As with a lot of garden plants, you should probably water them around once a week, but sometimes more depending on weather. Water is essential in having a healthy garden as it helps plants to keep cool by making the soil stay moist, and provides them with the right nutrients to grow.