In this article we’re going to explore yet another quick remedy to the all-so-common garden enemy: the aphids and garden bugs.
Finding the Pesticide that Works
Now if you have a garden there is no way to avoid these little critters. They are a part of the ecosystem, just like human to water source, these bugs are here because you have food for them. Now, don’t resort to the immediate solution to head down to your local supermarket and grab a bottle of chemical bug spray.
You’d be poisoning your garden. Why don’t we look at something that treats the root problem and sets the ground for future longevity and health of your garden as a whole.
The King of Bug Repellent – Neem Oil
Now, in India there would be occasions where large amount of bugs devour through an entire section of greens, essentially stripping the field to the ground.
This is not foreign to us as it is one of the 10 disasters that happened to ancient Egypt from Jehovah god for those who read the Bible.
Interesting thing is though, the bugs leave this neem oil tree behind, signifying that there is some special property to this tree’s bug repelling capabilities.
Without further adieu, let’s watch a video and have the expert explain:
The formula in the video is so simple which constitutes the following:
2 tbsp of Dr. Bronner Sal Suds Soap
Super Clean Neem
And you add any kinds of herbal essential oils.
Conclusion: Trust Nature’s Balance
No one will ever argue with you that nature has its own way to bring things back to balance. By utilizing the existing resources in nature and a little though, one will often find the solution.
It continues to baffle me how human choose to stray away from this balance. The perfect example is seen in our food system where food and fecal matters are transported to and away from centralized cattle barns; whereas in nature cows graze freely and re-fertilizes the land, zero emission.
That is a conversation for another post, for now enjoy your organic home made pesticides and I wish you vigorous growth and healthy plants.
Lawn mowing is often treated as one of the simplest tasks in a home. Often, it is indeed a simple task but only if it is done just for the sake of doing it as long as you end up with a beautiful green carpet after the exercise. However, lawn professionals have a different perspective and idea to lawn mowing. According to these professionals, the health of your lawn is highly dependent on whether the lawn is done right or wrong. Here are tips on how to keep your lawns healthy and beautiful.
1. Keep Lawns at moderate height
Lawns and plants use the process of photosynthesis to feed. This is a process through which the plants absorbs direct sunlight and uses the energy to make food from the soil nutrients for the plant. Similarly, the longer the leaf, the more the foods, and nutrients the lawn can produce for it to stay healthy and strong. Therefore, mowing a lawn at a very low height limits its inability to produce the much-needed food for its health. This leads to possible sickness or even death of the lawn if not well taken care of. Knowing this, it is, therefore, important to keep leaves off lawns in shaded areas much longer as compared to lawns, which are fully exposed to the sun.
2. The frequency of mowing your lawn
Lawn mowing is often forgotten or shelved for a little too long. It is important to mow your law frequently and if possible on equal intervals. Delayed mowing results to the thatch layer are increasing, and thus the crowns of the turf are raised higher. Then when mowing, these crowns are removed which can cause lawn scalping or eventual death of the lawn.
Similarly, mowing too frequently can also result in the death of a lawn. This happens when too many leaves are frequently removed from the lawn. The purpose of the lawn is to beautify and leave an even green appearance on the surface. With advanced technology, Mulch mowing has become very popular in the maintenance of a green and healthy lawn. This lawn mower, instead of collecting the grass clippings mowed, it puts them right back after passing them through a blade and finely chopping them to very small bits. This way, the lawn is protected by this already mowed grass from excessive loss of moisture and in the provision of nutrients. However, it is a necessity to note that this method is much more efficient if frequently done.
3. Artificial lawn
This option has become increasingly popular over the last few years. In the pacific west coast, crows praying on bugs and worms right below the lawn bed has become a headache for many homeowners. A newly done lawn can be torn into holes and patches of dirt by the crows trying to feed on the lawn.
Many might deem this as an unfavourable or tragic lawn disaster. Yet really, the crows, racoons and skunks are just doing their job by eating up the grub larvae in the dirt. In a way, they are doing a good thing for your overall soil health.
Let nature takes its course and have the animals go at the lawn for a year. One can put back the patches or redo the whole lawn the next year. Alternatively, introducing nematodes have proven to be an effective way to combat the grubs. Limiting the number of grubs translates to less food for natural predators. Better lawn health, the less of a chance for attack. As mentioned earlier, do not mow too often or too low so the grass get the opportunity ot become stronger.
When all fails, having an artificial green turf will save you hours of labour work and granting one a peace of mind. They look nice all year round!
Many factors should be considered where keeping your lawn healthy and green is concerned. The basic tool for achieving a perfect lawn is a humble lawn mower. This alone, if used correctly and at reasonable frequencies will give you the best of healthy lawns on its own.
A beautiful garden seems incomplete without at least a few trees. A garden isn’t so beautiful when the wrong trees are planted. In this post we will discuss the challenges involved with selecting the right trees, and how to plan and maintain the tree of choice.
Trees are interesting, love property assets that could either bring you quite a significant return on investment, or it could cost you dearly for a number of troubles it does to your garden.
Before deciding on which tree/plantation to grow in your garden based on aesthetic considerations, do some homework on their rooting system as well as their water and nutrient requirements.
Bamboo for one is a very invasive species where the roots can readily penetrate residential foundations and piping systems. It is advised to plant bamboo far away from your home and carefully monitor its growth if planted in soil. Alternatively, durable pots should be used for any landscape design that is close to the property.
Having said that, a carefully designed bamboo patch makes a tremendous natural screen wall to maximise the privacy on your property. Many landscaping designs also incorporate the use of sand and pebbles to add an accent of serenity to your garden.
Pine and Spruce
Not all trees would live in perfect harmony with your lawn. Have you seen someone’s yard with tall trees and ugly brown patches of soil right below it? It is a very common sight in the Pacific West Coast. There are ways to work around this issue to charm up your garden. Let’s first address why grasses turn brown under these evergreens.
It is a general misconception that the needles from pine and spruce trees are too acidic for healthy grass growth. Numerous researches have proven this claim false by confirming the pH of pine needles to be near neutral.
What is causing the retrieve of lawn around these trees has to do with nutrient and water supply. Pine and Spruce’s trees require a significant amount of water, and they can easily sap away the moisture from the lawn close to them. The accumulative layers of fallen needles with the added blockage of sunlight from the tree shades creates a perfect environment for fungal and bacterial growth, a perfect killing zone for a lawn.
If these are the type of trees you are planning to invest, plant a rounded circle and cover them with coarse rocks. Aesthetically, the needles would fall through the cracks easier this way, making the scene more pleasing to the eye. Trim and prune your tree accordingly annually, so it does not outgrow the planned radius of your landscape design.
Safety and Forecasting
When buying and planting a tree, know the vigour and the growth rate of your tree. This is especially important when a power line runs across your property. The last thing you want to do is having to top the grown trees, which is in a way a slow death sentence to the tree.
Do leave enough space around your shed, vegetable garden and deck to avoid potential crowding from the tree.
There will come a time when your tree has grown in enough size where pruning and trimming are evident. It is highly encouraged that homeowners do some online research before picking up the trimmer or chainsaw to start hacking away your precious vegetations.
In the powerline scenario mentioned earlier, it might easy to conclude that topping the tree is the best solution for safety. However, when a tree is topped, or horizontally cut of all its branches, the tree goes into a state of shock as it no longer has sufficient foliage to provide the nutrients for the tree.
This forces the tree to rapidly grow out new shoots to try and compensate for the loss of energy production. These new shoots will go up fast and furious, while stressing and reducing the health of the tree significantly. This downward spiral creates many problems as infections could start to set in from the declining tree health. The tree might be required to be topped again in a year or two given the rapid growth of the new branches.
When in doubt, consult a professional tree service company for the best pruning strategy. Winter time is perfect as one can have a clear view of how the tree is performing. Pruning after the plant has gone into dormancy also ensures that no new shoots are produced after the pruning.
This practice is in place in the vineyards as well. There is a lot of garden work that can be done during the winter months.
Some homeowners choose to water their trees daily, some every few days. Some species are more so than others. The rule of thumb is, get in the habit of applying thorough watering deep into the grounds every so often during the warmer months to promote root development.
Surface watering does not allow moisture to trickle deep into the grounds. When watering occasionally but thoroughly, moisture is retained deep in the soil which promotes better rooting network to develop. This can be a life saver during the hotter summer months.
The real trick is winter. In some parts of the continent, winter drought is an issue a the tree struggle to retain enough moisture from the freezing environment. A good trick homeowners can employ to mulch around the plant.
Mulching not only locks in more moisture around three, but at the same time serves as an insulator against the cold. Do not mulch too close to the trunk however, as the pest can become a concern.
Now that we covered the planning and maintenance side of things, what are some top tree picks for home gardens?
There is a very old saying that prevention is better than cure, which applies well in almost every stream of our lives, also when we are talking about preventing our beautiful lawn from the damage of pest and bugs attack. Pests and Bugs that can cause huge damage to the lawn or green grass includes the Caterpillars, Cutworms, Army worms, grubs, lawn moths and other insects.
Generally, watering the grass on regular basis, removing the old and dead leaves and thatch, etc helps in keeping the grass fit. This strengthens it further to fight the chinch bugs as they cannot lay eggs without the thatch cover. Lawn bugs can also be prevented with the use of pest controlling chemicals. Use of pest controllers like insecticides and pesticides help the growth of pest in lawn.
However in the cases if the bugs are still invading your lawn, following methods can be proceeded to get your grass rid of them.
In case the bug invading your lawn is a caterpillar, you need to understand the fact that these don’t do any damage to the lawn unless and until they are too many in number. This can be tested by performing drench test. In this test you need to mix two spoon of salt in 2 gallon of water and put the mixture on a square patch of your lawn. The land needs to be watched for 10-15 minutes to be able to count the number of caterpillars that appears up. If the count increases fifteen, it is a serious problem and the grass needs to be treated for the caterpillars.
Another culprit that preys on the roots of your grass and generates brown patches is the white grub worm. The reason that can led to the grass to have patches many include dog urine, uneven or irregular watering or maintenance, over use of chemicals like pesticides and insecticides. Just like the caterpillar test one can also test for white grub worms. You just need to dig around the roots and wait for the grubs to come out. If the count is more than six, it is a serious issue and needs treatment.
Another type of bugs called the chinch bugs is very harmful for the grass as they may cause big patches of 2-3 feet in diameter. These bugs grow in number with the scarcity of water resources. Hence a chinch bug affected lawn should be watered regularly and treated as soon as possible. Proper maintenance, removal of thatch and regularity in watering of the grass can help reducing the chances of your lawn getting affected by chinch bugs.
None of these prevention measures can be taken as guaranteed protection against the bugs attack. It is advisable to keep regular maintenance and watering of the lawn to reduce the danger to minimum.
Any garden is incomplete without its flowing green lawn. The efforts put in for maintaining a lawn gets reflected in the way it looks. There are no doubts in the fact that a lawn needs to be taken care whole year around. And winter season is one of the crucial seasons for taking essential lawn care measures. Where winter season needs the maximum lawn care, with almost negligible activity on the ground, the use of fertilizers and other soil enriching products is easier as well as effective in this season. So here are few lawn care tips to take care of your dear lawn in chilly winter winds. Lawns are usually damaged by pests and insects taking shelter in the grass during winters. However, by lowering the blades of the lawn mowers and reducing the size of the grass, the winter pest attack can be reduced to minimum. This helps in preserving the quality of the grass until the spring season is back and the grass flourished again. As mentioned above, it is the best season to feed your lawn soil with the best of fertilizers and other essentials, in the very launch of the winters. This will help the grass to retain its texture and strength by the start of the spring and stay harmless from the affects of chilly winters. Regular care is very important during the winter season. This includes removing all the broken and fallen branches or leaves from the ground that can hamper the growth and nourishment of the grass. It is also advisable to remove any kind of article such as furniture, swings etc sitting on the grass as the grass can get easily destroyed in the winters. In order to fight back the chilly winds the grass loses its strength and cannot bear the weight of people walking on it. So in case of your lawn in an area that gets snow in winters, it’s essential to clear the pathways that goes from the lawns to not to encourage people walking on it. Another important thing that needs attention in the area that gets snow in the winter season is the content of salt in the snow. In case the snow is salty, it is a Big No No to let that salty water spread on the lawn as salt is a big enemy of lush green grass. Measures taken to prevent the snow staying on the grass for longer can actually increase the lifespan of your grass. Lawn care is though simple and easy, it requires daily time and commitment. As they say, Prevention is better than cure, It is better to prevent your lawn from getting damaged in the winter season than working hard to cure it after the damage has occurred!
A hot cup of coffee is just what you need to get your day started. Sometimes just the aroma of coffee is enough to refresh a tired body to get to normal in minutes. Just like it does refreshes our mind and revive our body strength, coffee is also a very healthy and natural option for our lawn turf.
Though most of us are aware of the fact that coffee is used in the lawn soil and is good for it, very less people are aware of the fact that it is not the caffeine in the coffee which is helpful but the traces of phosphorous, nitrogen and other minerals that makes it a good choice for lawn soil. Now it makes sense, isn’t it?
Now how does it work better than the chemical fertilizers? The traces of molecules of nitrogen, phosphorous and minerals in coffee break out at rather slower pace than it does in the chemical fertilizers that does it at once. The slower absorption of minerals in solid ultimately led to stronger turf with natural enrichments. On the other hand chemical fertilizers are artificially bombarded with nutrients and as soon as they are sprayed in the soil, they break at once. Most of these nutrients in the fertilizers are not fully absorbed by the soil. Surely they are quicker but not as long lasting as the natural coffee grounds.
Earthworms are always known be farmer’s best friend as they go to and fro in the soil, eat the grounds and ultimately aerate the soil making it rich in good nutrients and ultimately improving the growth of the plant and grass. Now how to invite the worms to your garden to help? Call them over a coffee. Yes you read it right! Earthworms love coffee like us and adding coffee to soil ultimately led to amazing results.
The process can be carried forward by making holes in a bucket and putting the coffee grounds in it and moving around the whole garden. A little efforts to seep the coffee in with soil is required by human hands, rest is all effectively carried out by our worm friends.
Anyone can save their own coffee grounds or can get a small coffee shop to arrange them for you. Big coffee houses like Starbucks also sells the grounds to the customers willing to strengthen their lawn grass. The coffee treatment is recommended once, every month.
Coffee does wonders to our lawns as well as our mornings!