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Ways to protect your garden from almost anything

by emily

in Outdoor Living

Our gardens are where home and nature meet. It’s a relaxing escape from house chores, work and “vegging” in front of the TV all day. Your garden is where you go to clear your mind, take in the fresh air, catch a little bit of Vitamin D and recentre yourself. Unless, however, you have a garden-view of dead plants, weeds everywhere, chewed-up sprinkler systems, broken fences and grass patches all over the place.

It’s time to revamp your garden and start protecting it from the elements (weather, animals and children).

Fencing

This is a simple, yet effective start in guarding the plants and areas of your garden. If you want to prevent mud and grass being dragged from the garden into the pool (and paved pool area), use fencing. If you’re trying to keep small animals healthily restricted to an area of a garden when you’re not around, there’s diamond mesh fencing for that. And if you want to create a space in your garden where your silver bells, cockle shells and pretty maids can stay all in a row, timber fencing with a wooden gate entrance should do the trick.

Fencing can also be used as a security feature for your home and can add to the privacy of your garden area. So, by installing fences on your property and in your garden, you are protecting it from your neighbours, animals and home dwellers. Making it both effective and a great investment. All you need to consider when choosing your fencing is what its main purpose will serve and how the fencing material will affect the overall look of your garden and home.

A bug army

You may not yet have a solution for getting rid of the insect pests in your garden without resorting to harmful chemical pesticides (organic pesticides aren’t even considered as “better”). Thankfully, there are other, natural, solutions to your pest problems. One of which is to create a bug army. Okay, not so much create as grow the right plants to attract the good bugs. Wait, aren’t bugs the problem? Well, yes and no.

Your problem bugs are slugs, caterpillars, cutworms, spider mites, whiteflies and aphids, the worst of them all. These bugs eat your plants, stunting their growth and development. The bug army you want to invite into your garden consist of ladybugs, ground beetles, bees, wasps and tachinid flies, to a name a few. Their food is your pests and they can definitely do some quality damage control for your garden, free of charge. All you need to attract them is some dandelions, clovers, primrose, amaranthus, parsley, dill, yellow fern-leaf and wild carrots in the garden.

An effective way to attract bees for the pollination of your beautiful garden is to leave out a spoonful of sugar in the garden during summer. Bees are incredibly valuable to the wellbeing of our environment and we ought to take care of them.

Elevate your produce-plants

This is as much a space saving tactic as it is a plot to protect your produce-plants from being trampled on. Growing your own herbs, fruits and vegetables is self-sustaining, money-saving and all the rage these days.

The problem of doing it at home where there are children riding bicycles and dogs digging for gold in the garden beds is that they’re likely to destroy anything you manage to grow. Which is why elevated planter boxes are the solution. Raise the beds as high as you think will keep them out of bounds. You can even get creative and plant your herbs as a vertical garden on your fence.

Compost and mulch

Your soil is the most important part of your garden. Without good soil, it’s impossible to plant and reap the benefits of a flourishing garden. You need to take care of it and that means you need to start your own compost heap and make use of mulch.

The compost will maintain your soil quality, provide it with nutrients and help it retain moisture. And it’s super easy to do yourself (your mesh fencing will even come in handy). All leftovers are welcome to the compost pile, leftover plant matter and leftover trimmings from the kitchen. Try to keep a 1:2 ratio of dry (green) to wet (brown) waste materials until your compost mixture is damp. You’ll also need water, soil, air, a pitchfork and some patience, it takes a while until a compost heap is ready.

As for mulch, leaves, bark, pebbles, wood chips, hay and even shells will be perfect. All that mulch is, really, is an added layer above your soil to help it retain moisture. Something you should definitely do to protect your garden during a drought. Distribute a layer of mulch over your compost (which should be over your soil) and you can rest peacefully knowing your soil is protected.

Also, it has the potential to make your garden look effortlessly beautiful.

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