Gardening equipment and tools. Integrated plant protection
The dream of any amateur gardener is a garden that is very easy to care for. Plant diseases and pesky pests sometimes stand in the way of this goal. However, with the right amount of skill, it is possible to garden in such a way that pests and diseases have little or no chance.
In the planning stage, the experienced gardener pays attention to the conditions of the area in which the garden is located. What are the qualities of the soil, how sunny, windy or prone to high humidity? After finding out all the specifics of the terrain, the right plants and varieties should be chosen that will successfully grow and stay healthy in that very garden. Whether you buy seeds or potted plants, you need to rely on reasonable quality in both cases. Pay attention not only to the flowers, but also to the health of the foliage. Don’t forget to look at the roots – they will tell you about the quality of the plants.
Goal: Strong and resilient plants
Once the right plants for your home garden have been chosen, it’s worth concentrating on providing nutrient supplies and care. Appropriate fertilisation plays a vital role here, since only properly fertilised plants can defend themselves best against pests and diseases. Hungry plants which are not provided with fertiliser are often not very resistant to pests and fungal diseases. Very important: Cultivation methods such as proper pruning, tillage, stimulation of beneficial organisms and hygienic measures also make a significant contribution to plant health.
Plant protection products are part of a comprehensive pest control system
There are a number of reagent-free control measures that can be used in those cases where damage has already been done. Many beneficial insect traps (such as predatory mites) can be ordered online to help control some pests. Sticky traps, protective nets and foil are just some examples of purely mechanical ways to control pests or weeds. Pheromone traps and special sticky sheets are useful for detecting pest infestations in time to take suitable, targeted countermeasures later.
In spite of all consideration, prevention and care, the possibility of pests or diseases cannot be completely avoided. For this reason, the use of pesticides is an integral part of comprehensive pest control. Certain weather conditions and other external factors can cause plant problems. Sometimes using classic pesticides in these situations is a great way to keep the plant free of pests and/or fungal diseases.
What should you consider when protecting plants such as hydrangeas?
- Location: Semi-dark, cool place, rich in nutrients and with a deep root system
- Plant choice: choose strong varieties
- Care and fertilisation: compensatory fertilisation and regular watering
- How to grow: Remove all dry and dead parts
- Protecting the plant: Using classic remedies
- Restoring the plant: To prevent pests and fungal diseases with a restorative plant remedy