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No Green Thumb? Here are 5 Tips to Improve your Plant Caretaking Skills

Are you a homeowner who dreams of having lush lawns and gloriously gorgeous gardens, but don’t seem to have fingers that are green enough to make this happen? If this is the case, the hints and tips below have been compiled especially to help property owners like you to not only learn how to plant your garden, but how to provide it with the best possible care over time as well.

Less is More where Water is Concerned

Most plants will recover quicker if they have been deprived of water than if they have been overwatered. If one of your plants has been overwatered, it may need to be repotted and have any unhealthy-looking roots trimmed off. If the plant is in your garden outside, it will need to be relocated to another spot that is drier.

Keep a Sharp Eye out for Bugs

Although most novice gardeners think that bugs will only cause cosmetic damage to their plants, this is not the case.  Damage caused to leaves and other parts of a plant by bugs provides the ideal opportunity for harmful bacteria and viruses to enter them. Bugs also act as carriers of various plant-related diseases, so it’s important to eliminate them as quickly as possible.

Use the Right Fertilizer Correctly

It’s often thought that all fertilizers are he same. However, different varieties have been specifically formulated for various types of plants and soil, so it’s essential to use it only as directed.

Using too much fertilizer can cause plant roots to burn, which will affect their ability to withstand bad weather. Plants with damaged roots will also not be able to absorb as much water as they need, resulting in premature wilting.

Before using any fertilizer, it’s recommended that you have your garden soil tested by a reputable garden center or extension agency. The level of acidity or alkalinity in your soil will help determine the best types of fertilizer products to use.

Consider a Self-watering Planter

If you’re constantly busy or simply don’t have as much time to spend tending your plants as you’d like to have, it may be possible to ensure that they are at least watered at the recommended intervals. Place a potted plant into a container that is slightly larger than the one the plant itself is in, put a little water at the bottom of the larger container and run a piece of string up into the plant pot. Water will travel up the string and provide liquid refreshment for your plant.

Drainage is Important

After bringing new plants home, ensure that the containers they are being placed into have sufficient drainage. This will prevent overwatering and save plant roots from rotting as a result of standing in too much water.

If you’re new to gardening and would like to learn more about caring for the plants you’ve chosen, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. Our team looks forward to assisting you.