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There are many ways to protect your plants from insects and reduce the effect of deterioration from diseases and pests. Some of these are natural remedies. Plants’ immunity will be boosted if one performs essential maintenance tasks diligently during regular care and landscape construction.
Keeping your landscape free from debris, and that too during winters, is vital for landscape health. During winter, you prepare for spring, which is the season when all the creepy insects wake up from their winter slumber. Some insects lay their eggs in leaves during winter, and these eggs remain dormant there unless spring comes. Landscape debris also is an ideal breeding ground for fungal spores. Removing the waste reduces the chance of pest infestation, and this needs no chemical treatment.
Properly maintaining the space for your plants to grow during landscape construction is one of the most crucial steps for protecting plants from insects naturally. Removing dead leaves, twigs, or other debris left over after undergoing pruning and weeding deprives disease-causing insects and pests of their breeding ground. Even the natural decomposing of dead plant matter gives fungi, bacteria, and insects a perfect opportunity to multiply their number. However, don’t forget there also exist specific fungi, bacteria, and insects which are beneficial to the health of your landscape. For this, one can use the decomposed vegetative material from the kitchen. However, remember to keep your vegetative waste, which is still in the process of decomposition, at a reasonable distance from your plants.
Sometimes, overhead watering increases the chance of fungal growth and plants. If you can not do away with the practice of overhead watering, then make sure you do it in the morning rather than at night. It will ensure that water gets time to be evaporated from the leaves. Good watering practices are some of the best ways to help you boost plant-fight diseases. Using too much water will encourage the growth of pests and fungus; however, using little water will starve the plant and deteriorate its survival ability. Also, less than required water can prevent nutrition from being transferred to the fruits, flowers, and leaves. And you will soon see that some of the plants’ parts have started to die and rot. Rotting parts of plants can also attract infestations from pests. However, this is not true for every kind of plant, for there exist certain tropical citrus plants for which overhead watering is good.
Certain plants, such as petunias, chives, rosemary, and chrysanthemum, have properties that repel unwanted insects and pests. So make sure that you get them planted while landscaping construction. While it is true that a majority of flowers attract insects; still, there exist certain plants whose flowers release scents that insects don’t like and get repelled.
Mulching is another great way to help your plant retain moisture without making the soil soggy. But remember that you must keep the mulch away from the trunk or branches. Not only does it help the plant’s general health, but fungal diseases are eliminated, too. Additionally, mulching is beneficial because it provides good insects that eat invasive insects.
You don’t have to wait longer to increase your landscape beauty and plant health, as Dhillon Bros Paving is here. Contact us for expert landscape construction and get a free estimate.