Gardens have been part of human society for over 4000 years. The earliest examples of Hortus culture are found in 1500 BC, where Egyptian wall drawings depict a pond filled with lotus flowers, surrounded by acacia and palm trees. Since then, gardens have developed in all kinds of guises. But the basic principles of a garden are unchanged.
A garden is intended as a means of enjoying, growing and displaying different types of flora and fauna in an organized manner. Often times, in addition to these natural materials, man-made items are added, such as a gazebo or pergola. Different people perform different activities in their gardens: from a richly filled winter garden in your greenhouse to just bathing in the sun in the summer.
Gardening is therefore an important part of our culture. And that is why we must take good care of our gardens. And that also means protecting them from dangers. In this blog, the five biggest dangers to your garden.
The rhododendron is a plant that grows easily and is common in the countryside and in the garden. So easy that it can easily grow up to eight meters. In this way, its thick leaves deprive the sunlight of the immediately surrounding plants. The plant is not only dangerous for your garden, but also for yourself. The plant is poisonous!
A problem that has become increasingly visible in recent years is climate change. The extreme temperatures in combination with erosion of the earth also have consequences for your garden. Plants and trees are very dependent on a particular climate type, and too much water in a short time or too little water in combination with a changing sunlight pattern can have a big effect on our gardens.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of a garden is the life that gardens attract. Ponds in particular are popular settlement areas for a lot of life. Unfortunately, there is a disease that spreads quickly and is especially dangerous for amphibians: chytridiomycosis. This is a specific type of fungus (chytrid), which is deadly for many salamanders and frogs. The fungus kills by contact with the skin. After contact, the skin swells due to a difference in the protein keratin. Since amphibians often breathe and drink through their skin, this can be suffocating to the creature.
In addition to all the fun life that accompanies us in our gardens, there are also certain creatures that we would rather not have in our gardens: pests. Beetles in particular are a great danger to our garden. A Cockchafer likes to settle in your sweet plum tree and can eat the roots of other plants. And the larvae of a June beetle mainly attack grassy plants. You also have to deal with collateral damage caused by birds and other mammals that scour the earth in search of these larvae.