Spring has finally
showed itself, the snow has melted and you can see the hint of daffodils and
crocuses peeking their heads up through the soil. Your garden is looking messy
and you don’t know where to begin to get it cleaned up. Well help is here, keep
reading to get some great gardening tips.
Cleaning your flower bed:
Take a rake and gently
clean out all the debris from the garden, the leaves that didn’t decompose and
twigs and sticks that may have dropped during those winter storms. Just cleaning
this out will make a huge difference.
Next you want to edge
your garden and pull the grass and weeds back creating a nice outline once
more. With all that done you can see what you have left to deal with. Much of
it will be weeds and grasses that you can just pull out.
What’s in my Garden?
Now if you can’t
remember what you had growing where, here is a great simple tip. In the fall
when you are cutting down the old growth, place a bamboo stick in the spot
where you know your plants are. Also place sticks in spots where you have
annuals like marigolds and carnations, as many times these will come back the
So when cleaning the
following spring, you know everywhere that you can possibly have a plant
growing and not have to worry about pulling the wrong thing out.
Where you want to be
careful is with all the new shoots that are growing. If you have lily bulbs or
flowers that have reseeded themselves, clear the area around them so they have
room for growth and loosen up the soil. Feeding with a perennial fertilizer is
recommended at this time of your, to provide food and nourishment while they
are in the growth stage.
Time to Enjoy:
Once you have done all
the weeding and cleaning your garden really only requires maintenance for the
remainder of the summer. Don’t let the weeds get the better of you. After it
rains and the soil is soft go and pull the weeds.
Once the danger of the
last frost is gone you can now add in instant color with an assortment of
annuals. Everything ranging from Marigolds to petunias are available at your
local garden centre. Take into account how much sun your garden gets and
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Most gardeners know
that deer are a persistent, annoying problem. Their appetite is insatiable and
they will eat almost anything. It is the natural instinct of deer to find set
feeding grounds and visit them frequently. If this is your garden, then the
deer will keep coming back until you stop them. There are a few different
methods of control that can be implemented.
There are several
varieties of chemical products available. The most common ones use urea, which
is a chemical that is extracted from the urine of predators like coyotes or
wolves. It is thought that the scent of a predator’s urine will scare off the
deer. Another common deer repellent chemical is a spray of latex and rotten
eggs (The latex helps the spray stick to the foliage). The idea being that the
deer will not like the smell or taste of this spray and will, eventually,
abandon the feeding ground.
If you did not want to
try chemicals, you can try natural solutions. One is to hang bags of garlic
around the garden. It is said that deer do not like the smell of garlic and
will avoid it if possible. Another idea is to plant daffodils around the border
of your garden. Daffodil bulbs are coated with a poisonous powder, so the deer
do not usually eat them and will avoid them. Hostas are also said to repel
deer. Unfortunately, if a deer is hungry enough, they will either ignore these
plants or actually eat them anyway.
There are also
electronic devices that can be used. One such device hooks up to your garden
hose and uses a motion detector to spot deer. If it senses movement, the device
shoots a jet of water out at the deer supposedly scaring them away. There are
even electric stakes that gently zap the deer if they touch them.
none of these methods are proven to be completely effective. The only known
method to guarantee deer do not enter you garden is to use deer netting. This
is a fine netting, basically invisible, that you place all around the area
where you want to keep the deer out of. Make sure you build it high enough
because deer have been known to jump as high as 6 feet into the air.
Deer sometimes ignore
or become accustom to chemicals and other methods of control. The physical
barrier of deer netting is the only sure way to stop them.
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