Yesterday, I posted some organic gardening tips from the plant doctors at The American Phytopathological Society. Today’s blog entry offers additional suggestions.
- Scout regularly for symptoms in the garden so you can pick off the occasional spotted leaf before problems escalate.
- Irrigate new trees and shrubs the first two years, especially during dry weather, to help them establish good root systems.
- For flower beds and your vegetable garden, use a soaker hose or some type of irrigation system that won’t wet the foliage and encourage leaf spots.
- Obtain a diagnosis when the cause of a problem is unclear or needs identification.
- Prune only in dry weather, especially when pruning plants prone to fire blight, such as pears, crabapples and hawthorns.
- Join a Master Gardener class to learn more about the fun of growing and maintaining plants.