How many mornings have you spent going green with envy as you stared at your neighbour’s glorious garden, with its perfectly manicured lawn and healthy green plants? Maybe your own garden is facing a critical issue of weeds and diseased trees. On the bright side, gorgeous gardens aren’t impossible. The grass can certainly be greener on your side if you take steps to nurture it properly.
The soil matters. Good soil holds the roots and supplies nutrients for the plants to spring up healthily. Layering mulch (decaying leaves, bark or compost) over the soil helps to retain the moisture of the roots while protecting the soil from the extreme Malaysian heat. It also prevents weeds from sprouting unannounced. Before adding the mulch, remove all grass and weeds in a 3- or 5-feet radius and ensure that the mulch stays clear of tree trunks, as that may attract insects and decay, thus affecting the longevity of the trees.
Weeding Out The Bad Guys
Ugh, weeds. They shamelessly dominate every clean patch of your garden and suck the fresh rays of sunlight and nutrients, causing the neighbouring plants to wither away in this brutal competition for survival. Already having a bad case of weeds? Call in some landscapers at Kaodim and they’ll be more than happy to save your garden and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece.
Check Root Quality
Sometimes, it all boils down to the root of the problem. Before purchasing new plants, check the root quality by gently inverting the pot and shaking the plant loose until you get a clear view of the roots. Healthy roots are typically white and firm, while dark, mushy roots are telltale signs that you shouldn’t bring this plant home.
If you have trees in your garden, you’ll need to be watchful for signs of tree diseases, such as the presence of fungi, termites or large holes. Diseased trees stand a higher chance of being uprooted. It’s best to contact a professional to assess the severity of the situation. With the crazy thunderstorms we’ve been getting lately, trees with flimsy roots have been uprooted across the nation and the last thing you want is a sick tree in your garden with a root awakening.
Choose Your Grounds Wisely
You don’t want trees that will damage the foundation of your house. So never plant trees with invasive root systems because their lateral roots can force your house upward. The safest distance to plant such trees would be 15 to 50 feet away. Another important rule of thumb is to never plant trees near medium-voltage power lines. Please check with your landscape architect on which tree species have invasive root systems.
A plant’s growth has a lot to do with the way it’s watered. Limit moisture on the plant’s foliage by using soaker hoses and drip irrigations. If you’re hand-watering your plants, gently hold the leaves away as you water the roots. Avoid overhead sprinkling to prevent future issues that may arise with wet leaves and be careful not to drown your plants, because soaked soil or pots can suffocate roots and induce rotting fungi.
Need some gardening inspiration? Read this for brilliant tips on designing your ideal garden. And if you’re thinking about transforming your garden into a stunning work of art, contact us at Kaodim for a list of professional landscapers who are skilled at pruning, weed removal, cleanups, yard maintenance and more.
written by Carissa Gan