A rock garden thrives best when there is no shady tree near it, as it needs plenty of good light and air.
- A rock garden thrives best when there is no shady tree near it, as it needs plenty of good light and air.
- Keep rock garden well groomed by removing weeds regularly, particularly during the rainy season when weeds proliferate. In the dry season, do not neglect watering the greens.
- After a heavy rain, inspect the pockets of greenery. Because of the loosening of the soil, the plant roots may have been exposed. In such a case, pack new soil around the plants’ rocks.
- So that rain and other moisture do not unnecessarily get wasted, place each stone inwards so that the water will soak back into the soil.
- Most plants need fertile, well-drained soil. Others grow best in sandy soil with little moisture but get lots of sun, such as cacti. Whatever the type of soil, pack them well in pockets, letting soil settle several days before planting.
- When plants show signs of insect infestation such as black spots on leaves, or curled leaves, etc., spray the insecticide recommended by your local garden supply shop. Do this right after each rain, applying to undersides and tops of the leaves.
- Don’t have too many small pockets of plants in a rock. A good proportion would be at least three-quarters covering a rock.
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