How to Deal With Garden Pests

March 11, 2010 by Mario  
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While tending to my own garden, I have found that one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a gardener is to walk outside to check on your plants. It’s just a routine walk to make sure that your garden is thriving, but you end up finding holes in all of your plants that looked fine only hours before. The explanations for some of these plant-destroying holes are garden pests. Some of the main garden pests are slugs, worms, caterpillars, birds, snails, and the occasional gopher. Although you can never wipe out these pests entirely, after all your hard work in the garden you have to do something.

Insects are one of the worst things to have in your garden; they can live under the soil, in old weeds or piles of leaves, or in a number of other places. In order to help keep insects away, always try and eliminate places in your garden and near your garden that these insects and other plant diseases could be living. Remove old leaves, weeds, or any other decaying matter that insects and diseases could be living in from your yard. Also, regularly turn over your garden soil and break apart any clumps of dirt so that you can eliminate the living spaces any insects that might be hiding underground.

Another way to rid your garden of the pests is to use dormant spray, which is used to keep destructive insects and diseases under control. It is best that you use dormant spray when your plants are dormant, usually around February or early March. I have used dormant spray many times on my garden and it has worked wonders on keeping insects out. But as I learned from experience, dormant spray is only effective if you follow the correct instructions. When I first decided to use some on my garden, I just dumped it everywhere in hopes of killing everything harmful. Unfortunately I ended up killing my entire garden along with my neighbors. Some insects can be beneficial to your garden though, so be sure to find out which insects help your garden.

Another pest problem I’ve had besides insects has been birds. Whenever I see birds in my garden I run outside a chase them away, but as soon as I step inside they come right back. The solution that I’ve come up with to keep the birds away from my garden is to put a bird feeder in my yard. Instead of costing me time and money by eating my garden, the birds eat at the bird feeder. In the long run it’ll save you money. Not only can a bird feeder help keep birds away from your garden, but they can also be a new part of your yard decoration. Although not completely eliminating my bird problem, my bird feeder has made the problem smaller. Getting a dog has also helped.

If you start seeing mounds of dirt around your yard, and your plants keep unexplainably dieing, you can assume that you have a gopher problem. Thankfully, this is one of the few garden pasts that I haven’t had. However my friend has struggled with a tremendous gopher infestation, so I decided to research it. Gophers are rodents that are five to fourteen inches long. Their fur can be black, light brown, or white, and they have small tails. One method of getting rid of these root-eating pests is to set traps. The key to successfully capturing a gopher using a trap is to successfully locate the gopher’s tunnels and set the trap correctly. Another way to get rid of them is to use smoke bombs, which you place into the tunnel and the smoke spreads through out it and hopefully reaches the gopher.

If you suspect that your gardens are being pillaged by any of the pests I mentioned, I encourage you to try your hardest to eliminate the problem as soon as possible. The longer you let the species stay, the more established it will become.

Bristol Garden Design Helps Deal With Space

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Garden Design

When you have a garden, space is going to be something that you are going to have to deal with. Especially in places like Bristol, you might find that you don’t’ have enough space to have the kind of garden that you want.

However this is something that really isn’t true, because there are many ways that you can deal with space in your Bristol garden design without worries. No matter what, you’ll find that space in your Bristol garden design is very important, so here are some tips to follow to make sure that you are making the most out of your space issues.

Unusual places

The best way to deal with space in your Bristol garden design is to find spaces that you didn’t think about and turn them into gardens. Rooftop gardens have become very popular because these are spaces that aren’t used for anything, and so people turn them into gardens.

Also, you can use things like window boxes and even buckets to have gardens in smaller spaces like the front steps and other areas that you might not have thought of. A back alley can easily be turned into a garden with the right kind of care and love that is needed to make the most out of it.

Stay Creative

When you are dealing with space in your Bristol garden design you have to make sure that you are finding ways to be creative. Planting things in usual spaces might mean that you have several small gardens all over one area of space. This is something that could make for a very neat set up and it could be fun to look at and to show others. This might be a great way to have a Bristol garden design without having to worry about the space issue.

Another thing that you can think about when it comes to space an Bristol garden design is having a garden that goes up instead of out. If you plant things on shelves in some small area, you might find that you can have a great garden in a very small space.

No matter what, your Bristol garden design should be about you and about your personality. There are simply too many ways for you to have a great time with your Bristol garden design, so you should find something that meets your needs and then find a way to make it your own. You’ll be surprised at the great things that you can come up with for your Bristol garden design.

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