Every garden comes with its fair share of pests. After all, who wouldn’t want a piece of that beautiful tomato hanging on your vine? The trouble is, if you’re aiming towards organic gardening in your back yard, controlling these pests can be tricky. You don’t want all of your garden-fresh produce harvested with holes.
Here are some tips for tried-and-true environmentally-friendly natural remedies to discourage pests in your garden.
Maintain a Healthy Garden
As with many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Stopping encroaching pests and weeds early is much easier than solving a problem later. Minimize areas that encourage and breed bugs. That means clearing away dead plants, piles of leaves, and keeping close tabs on all of your garden plants to make sure that they’re always free of small signs of pests. Use clean, dry mulch, instead of piles of moist leaves that could house a host of harmful insects.
Get Predators to Do the Heavy Lifting
There are several animals that naturally prey on the creatures that love munching on your garden. Enlisting their help is a perfect natural way to control the population of harmful species. Certain insects can be released in your garden in order to police the local insect population. You can also attract them to your yard by planting strategically.
Ladybugs can be attracted to your garden by plants like daisies, yarrow, and tansy. They eat aphids, whiteflies, and scale. Lacewings are also big aphid eaters, and they’re attracted by yarrow as well. You can also draw them in with goldenrod or black-eyed susans. Damselbugs can be handy because they eat eggs and larvae of parasitic insects. Note that they might also eat other beneficial insects, though. You can attract them with spearmint and marigold.
But how about the bane of gardeners everywhere… slugs? These creatures are usually too large for beneficial insects to take care of for you, and the way that they hide in the soil can make them hard to track. Many gardeners report physically hand-picking them off of your plants as the most effective way to rid yourself of them. However, there are some predators who can help you here too: fowl. If you have ducks or chickens around, letting them wander your garden now and then will keep your plants free of slugs, snails, and other soft-bodied pests.
A common problem in many Utah neighborhoods is foraging deer. Obviously, these large predators can take out entire patches of your garden at a time. Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell to find appetizing plants, so you can mask the smell of your garden from them by planting fragrant plants that they don’t like to eat around your garden. That means lavender, garlic, and chives. Some people also hang scented soap from a branch in order to keep deer away. Deer also tend to be skittish of unfamiliar sounds and objects. Garden decorations and chimes can be enough to make them wary of your garden area.
Summer is a great time to play outside. One creative way to get the kids outdoors is by switching up the backyard with some different textures and materials for them to play with. We all know the amazing fun of playing in the sand of the beach. What if you could bring it home to your yard? Here are a few steps to help you create a sandbox in your own back yard:
Pick Your Location Well
Unless you choose to create a moveable sandbox, you’ll want to carefully plan out the location. First of all, you’ll require plenty of good, level space. Secondly, you’ll want a good balance of shade and sun. Too much shade, and the sand won’t be able to drain and dry properly between rainfall. But if there’s too much sun on the sandbox, it will be too hot and sunny for kids’ sensitive skin. Additionally, avoid areas that will receive a lot of fallen leaves and other yard debris. Consider how close the box is to your house–is there plenty of space for kids to shake the sand off before they enter the house?
Have you ever considered installing a dry creek bed in your yard? It’s not as hard as you might think. With some help from Asphalt Materials, and 4 simple steps, you can add a beautiful accent to your yard that will look great for years to come.
Advantages of a Dry Stream
A lot of us love the visual appeal of a stream cutting through the yard, but we can’t be bothered with piping water through all the time. With a dry stream bed you can achieve the same look, without the maintenance and inconvenience of installing pipes and fountains.
Fairy gardens are enchanting miniature gardens that incorporates teeny tiny elements to create a home for fairy friends. They are a magical, adorable, and fun way to show off your green thumb. Fairy gardens also are a fun project to do with your kids! Read on to learn how to start your very own fairy garden.
If you have always wanted a backyard fire pit, but haven’t yet installed one, you are missing out. Fire pits are entrancing, engaging, and create a natural gathering place in your yard. Our DIY kits make it easier than ever to have your dream backyard fire pit. Read on for 6 reasons why you should install one today!
One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make when looking to cut costs is to skip mulching. Many have the misconception that mulch is purely decorative. Huge mistake!
Sure, mulch looks great, and it can be the perfect finishing touch to a landscape. But there’s more to it than that.
Imagine your ideal living room: comfortable furniture, soft lighting, and space for all of your friends and family to gather together. Now wouldn’t that living room be even better if you could add stars, fresh air, and the soothing sound of crickets on a summer night?
Outdoor living spaces are a huge trend right now. They give us the best of both worlds, combining everything we love about the indoors with everything we love about the outdoors.
A garden walk is a great way to add a finished touch to just about any home landscape. It can stand on its own, leading from one area of your yard to another, or it can serve as part of a larger landscape, bordering, say, a man-made stream or carefully crafted flower bed. And don’t forget that you can apply the many principles for creating a garden walk to creating your home’s front walk as well. Here is a quick look at the many options you have when creating a garden walk for your landscape.
Now that we’re starting to look forward to spring here in the Salt Lake City area, it’s probably time to start planning for spring planting and what you’ll be putting into your garden this year. Ever wondered about the differences between soil, compost, and mulch, and how each of these products can be used in your home landscaping? Here is a look at the major differences between the three terms.
Many are used to the routine of doing serious yardwork during the spring and summer seasons, but what’s in store for landscaping during the fall? Here is a quick look at the landscaping supplies you’ll want to have on hand—and key things you’ll need to remember—as you spruce up and maintain your yard this fall.