Purchasing nursery plants or having landscaping done in New Castle, NH is not an inexpensive proposition anymore. With this thought in mind it's important to keep the plants you have as healthy as possible. If you think one or more of your landscape plants has an insect or disease problem you should contact a local arborist. There are many that work in New Castle and most of them offer free inspections of your trees and shrubs. In the meantime, here's a few tips to put into practice:
Avoid overhead watering on shrubs and small trees. Disease spores germinate best and cause the most infection on moist foliage. A soaker hose system is not only better for reducing disease in your landscape, but will reduce your water usage.
Proper sanitation can reduce the number of disease spores in your landscape. Rake up and dispose of diseased leaves in the fall or in the spring before new growth emerges.
Contact a tree service in March or April to set up a disease control program. Tree services in New Castle usually start tree spraying for tree diseases in April. Don't wait until the last minute to get on their schedule.
Periodic tree and shrub fertilization will keep your plants healthy. Diseased plants that have been fertilized can recover quicker than neglected plants.
Consult with a local arborist if you want to put in new trees or shrubs. A tree or shrub in the wrong place will not thrive no matter how much care you give it.
Follow proper planting guidelines when putting in new trees or shrubs. Handle root balls with care, don't plant too deep, and use mulch to help your trees and shrubs become established in their new location.
Don't forget new trees and shrubs need additional irrigation for the first year or two after planting.