Winter Flower Beds
Annual flower beds can be a wonderful welcome into a community or property, discount cialis decease
but during transitional periods, best cialis sickness it can be difficult to dial in the bed’s
environmental conditions. If a disease plagues the flowers, here they can quickly
become an eyesore. Here are a few tips to help keep flowers performing their
best and help prevent pathogens from causing garden destruction:
- Plant flowers at the appropriate time. If winter flowers are planted too early and temperatures are still in the 90’s, they will stress and be more susceptible to disease. Wait until after the first of October to plant beds for best transplant success.
- Closely monitor irrigation with the temperature fluctuations in the fall.
- Weekly adjustments may be needed as temperature may be in the 90’s or in the 60’s.
- Limit overhead water from contacting foliage of bedding plants, which could encourage foliar diseases in some plants.
- If disease has been a problem in past seasons, rotate plant varieties for a few years to help reduce disease pressure, or seek out resistant varieties now available from some nurseries.
- Change out planting media (soil) every few years to help prevent build?up of salts and help prevent disease pressure from becoming too great.
- Check for adequate draining under bedding soil. Sometimes soil under the bed may become hard, preventing water drainage out of bed. Saturated soils are a huge invitation for disease infection!
- Have a licensed applicator apply fungicides only after a positive pathogen has been identified. Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money on a treatment only to find out the product did not have activity on the pest wreaking havoc on your flower bed!
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