Maintenance Posted on August 3, 2020August 3, 2020 by tobydorr Organic/all natural sprays healthy plants are often able to ward off pests and disease through their own natural mechanisms however under high cultivation density certain issues may arise when striving for rapid growth. Natural and organic sprays can be applied once or twice a month depending on the severity of the problem. Most sprays listed for organic use are either oil or soap based and is often advised to alternate between the two to control insects or disease more effectively. Always read the label for whatever product you are wanting to apply and follow the directions according to your situation. Even though the spray may be organic, you should still protect yourself when applying since oils and soaps can irritate your eyes lungs and skin The importance of pollinators Some of the most productive yards encourage the presence of pollinators and beneficial insects to help with fruit set and pest control. How to attract them There are many types of wildflowers and native plants that can help attract pollinators and beneficial insects to your yard. Check with your local nursery to see what grows best in your particular climate for these purposes. Pruning the proper way It is usually best to prune perennial plants in the early spring or late fall to avoid the temperature stress that both the winter and summer may provide. Make clean cuts with clean tools right above a health node to encourage lateral branching. Prune stems growing towards the middle of the plant to allow for more light penetration and airflow throughout the plant. Prune any disease or dead tissue throughout the year to help control its spread. Prune annual plants as needed by harvesting the edible portions leaving at lest half of the plant alone to regrow. Any additional pruning is not usually needed unless growing indeterminate tomatoes or cucumbers, in which pruning off any sucker branches is recommended for a more productive vertical trellising system. Seasonal changes & how to ensure regrowth Certain plants grow best in certain seasons of the year depending on your local climate. It is natural for some plants to not perform well of grow much at all if this is not taken into consideration when planting.