Spring into Summer with these simple tips on how to best take care of your Hibiscus, perennials and others plants with as little work as possible..
Would you like to put the spring into your garden clogs this Summer. A few simple tips and new ways of looking at your garden will give you the assurance that you need to kick back and relax and stop working so hard...and just let those Hibiscus and other flowers pop all Summer.
Think of the 4 elements when you think of your garden as a show stopping success. AIR EARTH WATER and FIRE. If these 4 things are in balance in your garden then you won't have bugs or other pesky problems. That really is what Organic Gardening means by the way.
You always want to clean your garden every Spring of leaves and debri and remulch but not more than 1 to 2 inches minimizing the amount you put around the base of each plant.. Why? So the plants can breath and have the air for the roots to dry out' fungus-free and search for water, thus grow, Trim the branches of perennials and bushes or trees so the air can move through the branches and garden and keep the air flowing and moisture in the garden consistent. Bugs can't set up camp or "factories" as I like to call them if they get knocked off by wind or rain. Mixed areas of dry and wet of soil iin a flower bed will cause fungus to grow easier. Always keep it clean... even though you will be dirty for it.
If you are planting new Hibiscus or other plants you want to dig in and check out your soil and if it is too clay or sandy, you can add any mix from the garden center with majority peat moss. That will give sandy soil water retention and nutrients and help clay break down and drain. Obviously you want the hole big enough for the plant to fit and for extra soil amendments which you can stir into existing soil. Make sure the plants roots are buried just below the surface and if they start showing then cover them back up with soil. You can also add something that is not only becoming a staple for our bodies but for our gardens as well, that is Probiotics or beneficial bacteria. For plants it is called Miccorrhyzae and you pore some in around the plants (also in some mixes already) and they will create a soil environment that repels fungus, disease and bugs like it does for our immune system. The soil mix we sell our plants in already contain these helpful bacteria.
Water is such a key to garden success... When planting new plants like Hibiscus, you want to water in well so it is almost muddy around plants with any fertilizer you like. You can use organic more often with less imbalances to the plants; like Organic Miracle Grow or use non organic ferilizers like Jack's but less often, like once a month. LET THE PLANTS DRY BETWEEN WATERINGS with what we call a "Rule of Finger". If you stick your index finger in the soil all the way and you feel moisture, wait to water. Then the plants wlll really be able to soak it up when you do water which flushes out impurities and you can actually hear them drinking when they really need it... The rain doesn't hurt plants as much as our overwatering as it has more nutrients and negative ions to energize and clean the plants, so don't worry about too much rain as compared to too much sprinkler which is worse. Look for our Hibiscus, hybrids and other plants that bred to be water conserving and drought and light flood tolerant for easier care.
How much Sun your plants get is also so key. Sometimes you have to move plants around to make them happiest but just follow the recommendations or fudge them slightly as an experiemet because no two gardens are alike. But if it says Full Sun like with Hibiscus then they will want Full Sun in the North but in the South you can probably get away with filtered light for part of those 8 hours required. The reason light requirements matter so much is because a plant with too little sun will stretch for light and get bugs etc as the plant weakens. A plant in too much sun will burn and get bugs also. These pests and behaviors are indicators that you need to make sure the light and all the other 3 requirements for happy plants are met. Plants are so much like we are and we get sick when we don't follow our instructions also: nutrients (soil,etc), water, air and sun.
Kick back and observe your plants allowing them to tell you what they need. Bet you didn't know you were already an organic gardener... But it is easy as meeting their basic needs for less pests and problems.