Make no mistake, there are significant threats to the garden. However, when it comes to treating them, we often rely on artificial and chemical methods that can do more harm than good in the long run. Chemical pesticides, fertilizer, and weed-killer can harm the natural ecosystem surrounding our garden, as well as infiltrating the water system. So, what are some of the natural solutions on hand?
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You don’t want weeds choking the life out of your grass and stealing sustenance from your own plants, that’s clear enough. However, chemical weed killer isn’t friendly to the soil, nor any animals you might have in the garden. Read more about homemade solutions using vinegar, table salt, and just a little dishwashing liquid. Wait until a dry hot day, when the weed killer can do the most damage. Bear in mind not to spray anything that you don’t want to shrivel up and pull by hand any weeds that are too close to valuable plants. This concoction will affect grass and other plants just as readily, so be ready to replant when it’s done.
Chemical pesticides come with many of the same concerns as chemical weed killing agents. However, there’s a lot you can do to naturally stop pests from eating up all your produce. Learn more about attracting wildlife, including predators like birds and ladybugs, you can create a much more dangerous environment for them to live in. What’s more, there are some plants like chives and cilantro that are particularly pungent to things like slugs and ground beetles. Put these companion plants next to your at-risk vegetables.
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If your garden is on uneven ground, it could result in your garden tumbling or plants getting eaten up by shifting soil. Erosion is a natural process and there isn’t much you can do to strengthen the soil to stop it from happening. You can, however, construct barriers that keep the soil in place. Check out hardscaping to read more about retaining walls. These can stop a garden at the top of the hill from collapsing or prevent any higher up soil from falling onto your garden. With textured stones, a retaining wall can even add a nice dash of curb appeal to the garden.
Without water, the garden is destined to shrivel up and dry. However, a lawn that is too wet will have problems of its own. For one, waterlogged lawns provide the perfect conditions for outbreaks of moss. Furthermore, sitting water can drown seeds. Both issues can make it impossible for grass to grow healthily. Improving the drainage of the garden might involve a little DIY, so do some research and read more about installations that can help keep your soil from getting too wet.
Become a more conscientious gardener means thinking about the impact that not only your garden has, but your methods of preserving and invigorating it, as well. There are natural alternatives for almost every garden product available, so do your research ahead of time.
Now that the summer is starting to come to and end and we are beginning to see some darker and colder evenings once more, it is time to start really looking at the garden and deciding what you need to do with the space. During the colder months of the year the garden enters a dormant state. Everything goes into a hibernation period and you will start to see your once vibrant space become bare and boring. There are some things you can be doing during this period however to keep the space healthy and make sure it is happy for the winter.
- Hard work and maintenance
When the cold, harsh weather starts to creep in you will see a rapid decline in your plants and they will all begin to retreat back for the winter. This is usually the ideal time for you to get a tree service in to remove and prune trees, and it the ideal time for you to start thinking about cleaning out the beds in your garden ready for the spring. It will take work to make sure your plants stay safe during the winter, but they will be all the healthier for it once you have put the work in.
- Get planning
Winter is the perfect time for you to start planning what you want to do with the garden next year. You can note down what plants used to be where and start to think about different ways you can change the layout and atmosphere in the space. As long as you don’t move plants around during the cold seasons you can start to create patio spaces and new beds ready to plant things in the spring.
- Leave it wild
When it comes to maintains your garden during the winter it can be tempting to start raking leaves every day and making sure that everything is kept neat and tidy for the season, however this isn’t the best thing for you to do at all. During the winter wildlife become much more exposed to the elements, and they will use things like leaves and twigs in order to hibernate for the winter, if you start getting rid of all of your leaves they will have nothing to use for shelter and this can be dangerous for them.
- Improve your soil
Now that your plants are done growing for the year, it is the ideal time for you to use the empty soil beds as a chance to improve your soil quality. You can add things such as mulch, compost from your garden and even coffee grounds into the flower beds which will give your soil some amazing nutrients which will be well appreciated at the start of next year. By doing this little bit of work you will ensure the happiness and healthiness of your plants the next year.
- Bring in some colour
There are actually some plants which thrive in winter conditions and they will start to flower and fruit during the colder months. Trees such as the Prunus Autumnalis are beautiful and they flower with cherry blossom during the winter. You can also plant winter berries, holly and other Christmas inspired things in the garden to bring it a little bit of life for the colder season.