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.

Fall Garden Maintenance is Important For Early Spring Planting

Once your summer gardening has ended, there is plenty of work that is still needed to be done if you want to get your early crops in the spring planted as soon as the weather permits. With a little planning and preparation it will greatly benefit your organic garden.

Now is the time to create a plan for what you want to grow next year. It doesn’t needed to be an elaborate plan, just a simple list with dates that you needed to plant certain crops and a layout for there designated location. This is very important when wanting to include companion planting into your gardening practices.

Clean all debris from the garden so that pests wont have a place to harbor through the winter months is a major part or organic pest control. There are many pests that can harm your garden and survive the winter months with the shelter that spent plants and other garden debris will provide.

Fall is a great time to test your gardens soil and to improve it’s structure. Organic soil amendments need time to breakdown to provide the benefits your gardens soil needs to create the healthy growing conditions for your plants to thrive.

Preparing your organic garden in the fall has many rewarding benefits. It gives you the ability to extend the length of your growing season. Being able to start your garden earlier in the spring also allows your plants to get established, grow strong and healthy early in the season before there are any dangers of pests or diseases.