Garden maintenance is essential to keeping your plants in optimal health, though it needn’t be stressful. Here’s our advice for making garden upkeep an enjoyable task: don’t rush it or worry too much.

Gardening is no different: an ounce of prevention is worth more than its weight in cure. Properly inspecting plants from nurseries before bringing them in from outside will be key in protecting against pests and disease from spreading throughout your garden.

Insects and Pests

Many plants can become susceptible to diseases and pests that can be devastating for them, so keeping an eye out and diagnosing any issues early is critical in order to limit their spread. Mildew and fungus infections, for instance, may be successfully treated using organic sprays or home remedies; if however the infection has spread further into foliage and root systems it might require more aggressive intervention strategies.

At the same time, insects can both be beneficial and destructive in your garden. Helpful insects serve a useful function by preying upon harmful bugs that would otherwise consume your garden plants’ roots, leaves and flowering parts. To maximize these insects’ contributions to your garden’s success, provide shaded shelter where they can lay eggs and feed on your flowers before growing a variety of attractive plants to draw in helpful insect pests.

To prevent insect pests, maintain healthy soil by minimizing compaction and providing ample drainage. Add organic matter and water as needed – vibrant plants tend to outgrow pest damage more effectively than weak or stressed ones.

Preventative maintenance for landscape and vegetable gardens will enable you to identify potential issues before they become widespread. A journal or notebook should be used to record overall conditions as well as any abnormalities such as stippling, leaf skeletonizing or blotches that might indicate issues before concluding that their plant might be under attack from pests. Examine irrigation schedule, fertility levels and soil pH before concluding your plants have been attacked by insects.

Take steps to identify any plants that appear sickly or dying promptly and sanitize tools frequently to prevent problems from spreading to other plants. As most pests are opportunists, rotating the location of vegetables each year will reduce their population and help prevent insects from taking root in your garden. Flowers and herbs should also be scattered around to deter insects from taking hold in one spot.


An efficient garden relies on regular watering to stay thriving, as plants and trees require moisture for growth – something especially crucial during hot and dry weather conditions. Without enough garden watering, plants can become stressed out, suffering weaker flowers and leaves than expected, less resistant to insects and diseases and less capable of fighting off infections altogether.

Watering needs for gardens vary based on time of year and rainfall (or lack thereof). Seedlings require daily irrigation until established, while established plants typically need an inch per week of rainfall for adequate hydration. Frequencies of garden watering also depend on factors like plant species, soil quality and the presence of mulch or other materials that reduce evaporation.

Garden watering can not only hydrate plants but also aid in the fight against the spread of weeds. Weeds compete with garden plants for water, nutrients and sunlight – so to keep weeds at bay gardeners can add layers of organic material such as compost and leaf mulch that deprive light to weeds while helping retain moisture within the soil and maintaining moisture balance for the gardener’s plants. Mulch also makes germinating weeds harder since their seeds cannot break through its layers of protection.

Gardeners can use fertilizer to enhance soil health and encourage plant growth. When applying fertilizers, however, it’s essential that gardeners use only the correct type and quantity – using too much can damage or kill an entire garden! If you need assistance getting started with garden maintenance, hiring a professional gardener could be the answer. Simply enter your information in our secure e-form and receive quotes from local gardeners within days. Compare options and select a gardener who best meets both your budget and gardening needs, then just relax while your professional gardener takes care of everything for you! They may even assist with lawn and other landscaping work! Getting gardening help has never been simpler!


Pruning, or trimming, is an integral component of garden maintenance. Pruning keeps plants looking their best while improving health and potentially increasing flower or fruit production.

Pruning may appear daunting at first, but once you understand how it works it becomes far less complex and can become rewarding. Proper pruning of plants can aid with drainage issues, reduce wind damage, promote new growth, promote flowering and fruiting as well as control size and shape to help avoid disease outbreak.

Pruning depends on the type of plant, but in general spring-blooming shrubs (like lilacs and forsythia ) should be pruned during late winter or early spring so as not to remove flower buds for summer bloom. Summer flowering shrubs, on the other hand, should either be pruned during their bloom period or after they have finished blooming and then completed flowering before proceeding with any pruning efforts.

Many woody plants, such as maples, birches, dogwoods and elms should be pruned during fall or winter pruning to reduce sap flow and prepare their roots for cold temperatures in winter. Pruning also aids the plant itself as it prepares itself for seasonal changes by helping it become stronger over time.

Pruning is essential to the wellbeing of most trees and shrubs, both tall and small. Pruning helps prevent overgrowth and make plants appear their best while making accessing branches and roots easier – as well as helping with pest problems and removing crossing or rubbing branches, focusing its energy where it’s most needed – flowering or fruiting.

Some plants, like hydrangeas and herbaceous perennials, can be maintained and pruned at any point throughout the year – known as maintenance pruning – including deadheading hydrangeas, cutting back spent perennial flowers for reblooming, or winter pruning roses to encourage flowering in spring. Most Dowco clients have their trees and shrubs pruned between 1-4 times annually depending on the landscape design; this could range from maintaining an informal hedge to formal boxwoods – we work closely with them to develop an appropriate pruning strategy tailored specifically to them and their goals!


To maintain the health and success of a garden, treating sod webworms is essential and its environment must remain tidy. To do this, any dead plants, debris, leaves and mulch must be regularly cleared from the site in order to prevent disease spreading as a result of build-up on site and to discourage pests from finding food sources in your garden.

Maintaining this kind of cleaning requires setting aside some time each week to dedicate solely to this task, then sticking to an effective routine and being efficient with your efforts. Doing this won’t just enhance the aesthetics; keeping on top of weeding helps your garden reach its maximum potential while reaping beautiful rewards!

As part of your garden maintenance routine, ensure any twigs, branches or debris is cleared away regularly to prevent breeding grounds for pests or a fallover and damage to plant growth. Furthermore, ensure pots and containers used to house edible vegetables such as corn are cleaned regularly to reduce fungus growth that might otherwise compromise their growth and hinder your efforts at raising healthy crops.

Finally, make sure that any invasive plants from your garden are removed immediately before it’s too late. This includes flowers, herbs, trees and bulbs not native to your climate as well as those bulbs which will not survive without additional care in spring planting time. Remove and store these in cool dry locations until spring planting season; any old compost should also be dumped for fresh new materials in order to allow your soil to heal ahead of its next growing season.