Preventing And Managing Plant Disease In Your Garden

Probably one of the more distressing and upsetting experiences you can have as a gardener is discovering that your garden has been struck down by some kind of disease. Blight is the most common, but there are plenty, some of which affect only a few plants, and some which affect many. It can be enough to ruin an entire year’s harvest, and it’s something which you definitely want to learn how to manage as best as you can. The truth there is that you can do plenty, but you can never be absolutely certain that you are not going to get any diseases in your garden. However, it’s worth trying your best, so let’s take a look at some of the best ways to prevent and manage plant diseases in your garden.

Know The Signs

First of all, you need to make sure that you know the signs well if you want to manage such problems. Having an acute understanding of the early warning signs means that you can catch it early, which could mean you get rid of it entirely, but will at least enable you to do something about it and stop it getting too much worse. There are a lot of signs to look for: you might notice that many of your plants have spots on the leaves, or that they are slowly withering, or rapidly changing colour. It might be that nothing is producing fruit, or much of the fruit is rotten. If you get a number of these signs, it means you need to try and do whatever you can to deal with it as soon as possible.

Remove The Most Diseased Plants

Sometimes, if a disease is particularly pronounced, you will have to get rid of some of the worse-off plants in order to save the others. This can be a shame, even upsetting, but it is vital if you hope to be able to save the garden as a whole. In the worst case, and most important, it can even be that you need to get a tree surgeon in to get rid of an entire tree, so that you can save not just your garden’s trees but the other trees in the area too. This is hugely important, and something you should not hesitate to do if you have discovered it is necessary to do so. It could make all the difference in the world.

Preventing Next Time

Of course, it is best to prevent it happening in the first place, and there are a number of steps you can do to try and make sure of that, or at least make it much more likely. You can use resistant varieties of many plants, for instance, which are less likely to be affected. You can also use good hygiene to ensure that you are not bringing diseases into the garden. And you can consider growing under glass for plants like tomatoes, which can be all they need to survive.

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