Integrated plant protection
A dream of every hobby gardener is to have a garden that is as easy to care for as possible. Persistent plant diseases and annoying pests sometimes stand in the way of this goal. However, with a little know-how and the right measures, plants can be cultivated in such a way that diseases and pests have few opportunities to develop.
At the start of the planning, the trained gardener addresses the local conditions in the home garden. What properties does the soil have, how much sun is available, is it windy or does it often have higher humidity? Once the location factors have been clarified, the selection of suitable plants and varieties that thrive and remain healthy in their own garden will follow. Whether buying seeds or plants in pots - in both cases, you should rely on a reasonable quality. Don't just pay attention to the flowers, but also to healthy foliage. Also take a look at the roots - these give you good information about the quality of the plants.
The goal: strong and resilient plants
Once the right plant has been found for the home garden, the focus is on supplying nutrients and care. Proper fertilisation plays a crucial role here, because only well-nourished plants are to defend themselves optimally against pests and diseases. Hungry, under-supplied plants often have little resistance to pests and fungal diseases. In addition to a good fertilizer, the gardener can support his plants with plant restorers in the fight against pests and diseases. Very important: Cultivation measures such as the correct cutting of the plants, tillage, the promotion of beneficial organisms or hygiene measures also contribute significantly to the health of the plants.
Plant protection products are also part of integrated pest management
There are a number of non-chemical control measures that can be applied if the damage has already occurred. Numerous beneficial insects (e.g. predatory mites) can be ordered on the Internet to fight certain pests. Glue rings, protective nets and weed foils are examples of purely mechanical measures against pests or weeds. Pheromone traps and yellow sheets are useful tools to determine the onset of pest infestation in good time and then initiate appropriate and targeted countermeasures.
Despite all the considerations, preparations and care - the occurrence of pests and diseases cannot always be completely avoided. Therefore, the use of a pesticide is an integral part of integrated pest management. Special weather conditions and other external influences can lead to specific problems for plants. The use of classical pesticides in such situations is often a useful way to save a plant from pests and/or fungal diseases.
Gardening - in harmony with nature!
What should be considered with plant protection, such as hydrangeas, for instance?
- Siting: half-shady, breezy, nutrient-rich and deep-rooted site
- Selection of plants: Select robust varieties
- Care and fertilisation: compensatory fertilisation and regular watering
- Cultivation measures: Pruning of withered and dead plant parts
- Plant protection: Using classical plant protection products
- Plant restoration: Prevent pest infestation and fungal diseases with plant restorers