The winds of winter are subsiding and now a fertile spring and sunny summer promise to pretty our landscapes with bounties of beautiful vegetation. With some good gardening and a little love, your lawns and backyards will reap the benefits of these brighter seasons. We’re still on the back end of the winter season, but it is just the right time to start thinking ahead when planning your vegetable garden for the coming months. First on the agenda has to be pest control as though pest and disease problems can greatly plague gardens, it is remarkable how a little legwork can go a long way in protecting your yields!
Invest In Disease Resistance
You might have already started looking at seeds and plants to purchase for your garden. Well, a good way to control for pests is simply to invest in plants resistant to them. These resistant plants will help the overall health of your garden in reducing the buildup powdery mildew that damages surrounding vegetation. There are a variety of such pest and disease resistant plants ,such as the Katherine garden phlox and the Gardenview Scarlet beebalm, for example. Likewise, some are completely immune to certain mildew like the Palibin lilac.
There are also certain tomato plants that resist disease, like the celebrity tomato plants. These special tomato plants are resistant to tobacco moasaic, verticillium wilt, nematodes and fusarium wilt. Including these disease-resistant tomatoes in your garden will allow you to always have something in your tomato harvest even if you have poor luck with your other heirlooms for the year.
If your plants are still dormant during the late winter, spray them with dormant oil to eliminate overwintering diseases and pests. Always be sure to follow the directions on the label, but usually you’ll want a day with temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Likewise, you want to wait for weather that doesn’t forecast freezing temperatures or rain for eight hours after application of the spray. On roses, you may need to use a lime-sulfur spray to combat fungal diseases and pests. If you’re using both lime-sulfur spray and dormant oil, then make sure to wait two weeks after you administer the lime-sulfur before spraying your roses down with dormant oil. Always consult a pest control professional if you are unsure how to best manage the pest control sprays for your garden.
Now if you have fruit trees in your garden, it is wise to skip spraying them with dormant oil because it is known to kill beneficial insects along with the peskier varieties that do damage to your plants. Of course, if you have seen mite colonies sprouting in your fruit trees, then feel free to spray with dormant oil as it is the first priority to rid yourself of the infestation before it spreads.
Ending Garden Infestations
Indeed, if an infestation has already begun among your plants, then it’s smart to call in a professional pest control specialist to inspect and perform the work required to rid yourself of the garden-destroying diseases. Often, at-home gardeners, despite their experience, aren’t able to spot the beginning of these infestations before they fester and grow. Thus, it helps tremendously to use professional pest control services to do some maintenance on a fairly regular schedule as they are trained to spot a small problem and prevent it from becoming a big problem.
As always, planning ahead pays off huge in the long run: reducing risks, keeping problems to a minimum, and of course it doesn’t hurt to keep that green thumb active even in sweater weather. Plan before planting, prevent pests before they happen, and you can have another successful growing season!