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Taking Good Care Of Perennials In Your Garden

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Perennials have been one of the more popular varieties of flowering plants for a very long time.The biggest advantage of planting perennials in your garden is that you can be sure they come back every year.

Expert gardeners and beginners like perennials because they will have beautiful flowers for many seasons and are usually easy to care for.They do not need a lot of maintenance, just plenty of sunshine, watering and good quality soil.

However, perennials have some issues you need to be aware of.They are more apt to be plagued by disease and insects than plants that live for only one season.Because perennials are planted in the ground once and come back every year makes them prime targets for lots of problems also in autumn and winter.You can try to prevent these problems by purchasing the healthiest plants you can find in the garden center.

You need to pay close attention when visiting the garden center and choose only plants that do not have any visible signs of insect infestation, disease or fungus.If a plant is healthy, it is also strong and can better withstand any fungus or bacteria that can be in the soil that could kill a weaker plant.

There are also disease resistant perennial plants on the market, choose these if possible because they have been specifically bred to resist insects and other plant diseases.

Perennial plant breeders have, through their selective breeding process, worked extremely hard to choose certain varieties that are able to survive the most common problems in the garden.You need to check for any signs of insect infestation or disease once you plant your perennials.The best time to check for diseases is when you are doing normal maintenance like watering or weeding.You should make it into a part of your normal maintenance routine and look for plants with chew marks and holes on the leaves and stem, wilted leaves and dark areas and also cut marks on the stem.

If you notice any problems, you can ask a more experienced gardener to help solve the problem, for instance ask the experts at the garden center.You can also go online and visit a gardening forum to seek advice.People are very responsive and willing to help.By diagnosing the problem accurately and quickly will most likely save the plant.

Also, how you water your perennials can affect if they become diseased or not.Watering from above with sprinklers will make the water pool up on the leaves.This can encourage bacteria and mold to spread.Always water at the root using a garden hose or drip irrigation.This will help the water reach the roots more quickly and keep it from pooling up on leaves and flowers.

Taking good care of perennials is not over when the growing season is over, you need to take good care of your perennials even after they have stopped flowering for the year.You need to prune your perennials according to the specifications for every variety.Some varieties need to be trimmed a lot while other requires very little or none at all.Depending on which variety you have in your garden, they can be very low maintenance.


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