Gardening can be the best thing in the entire world. The way your yard can go from bland and average to vibrant and extraordinary, gardening truly makes a difference. However, there are some hidden secrets that a lot of new gardeners don’t seem to know about. Besides worrying if you’re going to water the plant enough, there are other ways that your plant can become ill. Just like humans, plants can also catch diseases and even contract pests as well. Don’t worry, that’s why I am here. Below are a few tips on what you can do right now to keep your plants health up to par. I’ve also listed some natural homemade recipes to keep those pesky pests and diseases away from your yard too!


Know What Trees You Already Have

Focusing on what you currently have is important when it comes to what trees you already have in your yard. By knowing this, you can prevent pests and diseases from spreading if you treat it ahead of time. You can easily do this by doing some research or even talking to a horticulturist to identify the trees if you’re having a hard time. 

Sooty Mold on the leaves of a tree

Provide Good Air Circulation

If your plants are planted too close together or there against a wall there isn’t enough air circulating. The lack of airflow can cause fungal diseases like black spot and powdery mildew. An easy fix for this is to prune your plants to make sure that there’s some air circulating through there. If that doesn’t work, then transplanting your plants to another area may be a better option for your garden.


Keep plants watered

This may seem silly but, just in case you forget,  it’s important to make sure your plants get enough water because dry crops are vulnerable to disease. Depending on your area, water your plants weekly or once or twice a week. 

Cut Diseased Growth to prevent it from spreading

This is probably the easiest way to prevent diseases, or even pests, from spreading. cut off the infected areas of the plants and do not compost them!


aphids a disease that attacks the leaves.

Warm up your soil

Some diseases, like fungus, can easily get into your garden because the soil may be too cool. Because the soil isn’t warm enough, it can make it hard for the plant to fight off diseases. The easiest way to avoid this problem is to simply not plant anything until your soil warms up in the spring.



Gardening doesn’t have to be as difficult as some may believe it is. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for a professional to make your yard look nice or to treat pests and diseases in your garden when you can do it without spending a dime. There are plenty of home remedies that can get rid of diseases, pests, and even keep deer away from your plants. Check out the recipes below and feel free to share with friends if you find it useful.

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12 years ago I was sitting around, talking with two of my favorite, fellow Plant Geeks. We were trying to figure out why so many, superior plant varieties were not available to the public and were seldom offered in Garden Centers. Instead, the stores sold less attractive, older varieties, proven to be disease and insect prone. They also sold the sprays and chemicals that their customers would eventually need. The Ah Ha moment hit us and a company was formed. We decided that we would only offer the highest quality plants that must be Easy to Grow.