Gardening Hacks that Keep Your Plants Healthy

Posted on Apr 27 2017 - 3:31am by miriam

These 11 garden hacks will keep your plants looking healthy and make gardening much easier. Plants need a lot of attention to grow well however due to the hectic lifestyles of many, they often become victims of neglect. They are unable to let owners know that they need care, this lack of voice makes them easy victims of poor owner habits.

Plant owners don’t realize that their plants are in need of attention until it is too late. Plants can either want water, be affected by disease or may be exposed to too much sunlight or shade. It is critical that we pay attention to them to ensure that they well taken care of. These tips will get you started on the right track to gardening success.

3 – Fertilizers

This trick is one of the easiest to undertake, fertilizers are readily available at garden shops so there is no excuse not to fertilize. Gardeners choosing to go organic also have readily available options such as kitchen waste to make for composting material.

Younger plants require fertilization especially because it is during their rapid growing stage where they require the most nutrients. Water soluble fertilizers can be added to water and applied with a watering can or spray can. Regular fertilization cause plants to grow rapidly with little stress.

Most home gardeners don’t have enough space to plant trees and shrubs therefor many resort to using planters and pots to get their garden going. The problem with planting in pots is that the plants may drain easily because of holes at the bottom of the pot; this leads to dehydration.

2 Retaining Water

To solve excess water loss, try placing diapers at the bottom of potted plants before adding soil. This will help absorb water as well as retain water. Leaks can happen not only through holes in pots or from cracks that may develop as a result of pots not being large enough for root space.

This trick makes sure that your garden always looks beautiful. Flowers which are not unattended to usually have a variety of shades in bloom. Some are dark, light and even faded which is not pleasant to the eye.

1. Deadheading Tactics

Deheading ensures that brilliant colors keep coming and the method is not difficult to apply. All you need to do is remove faded flower heads and keep bright ones that are already in bloom. You can best achieve proper deheading using your typical garden shears. For best results, cut faded blooms ¼ to 1/3 above the growth and fertilize to minimize shock from setting in to the plant.