Simple Tips For A Beautiful Lawn
People use their lawn and garden for many different reasons — recreation and sports, stormwater management, community appeal, and stress relief, just to name a few. But these perks don’t come without their cons.
Maintaining your lawn/garden can be costly and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out a few simple tips to maintain a healthy lawn.
DIY Weed Barrier
Weeds suck. They’re like the annoying, persistent heckler at a comedy show that just won’t leave you alone. Unlike the heckler, there is a foolproof way to diminish these weeds — permanently. All it takes is some newspaper.
First, remove as many weeds as you can. Next, lay down the newspaper, covering the area. We recommend about 2-3 layers of newspaper. Feel free to wet the newspaper with a hose (light spray as to not rip through the paper) to keep it in place and prevent the wind from blowing it away. Finally, lay some dirt or soil on top of the newspaper to officially bury those annoying weeds, eliminating their exposure to sunlight.
Inspect your plant before purchasing and planting
Before purchasing a new plant, it is important to inspect the roots to determine its’ health. A healthy plant will have more roots than soil showing, while an unhealthy plant will show more soil. This simple act can save time and money while keeping a garden looking healthy and beautiful for a longer period of time.
Make your own squirrel repellent
Let’s address one of lawn and garden’s natural predators, the squirrel. These critters can do some real damage to a garden if given the chance. Luckily, we have a couple natural repellents to prevent it. Our first repellent requires vinegar, diced up jalapeños, and water. Mix these 3 ingredients up and pour into a spray bottle. Let the solution sit for about a day before spraying the areas you would like to protect. Be sure to wear gloves when spraying and avoid any contact with your eyes.
Squirrels can’t stand the smell of peppermint. So, for your next repellent, you will need some peppermint oil and cotton balls. Place about 4-5 drops on each cotton ball, then scatter them throughout your garden. This should hopefully deter them from stepping foot in your majestic garden again. For additional squirrel repellents, check out Home Remedy Hacks!
Recruit some Ladybugs and Praying Mantises
You’ve probably seen these insects in gardens before, and there is a good reason for that. Both of them can help preserve your gardens’ health. Ladybugs help by ridding your garden of bothersome aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, and other pests that cause damage to your garden.
The Praying Mantis preys on a wide range of insects including flies, moths, crickets, and caterpillars. With most benefits, there are some negatives that follow. One of the negatives of having a praying mantis in the garden is it also preys on beneficial insects such as butterflies and honeybees while ladybugs tend to inhabit homes as they search for warm locations during the colder seasons. If the pros of having these insects for your garden outweigh the cons, they can be purchased from many different sites at a very low cost.
Follow these simple tips and tricks and your garden will thank you for it! In the meantime, check out how you can help maintain your neighborhood here!