Homemade Garlic Spray: A Non-Toxic Insecticide

My dad is a master gardener! Okay… maybe not master, but he is to me ( I can’t even keep potted herbs alive… but I’m working on it). As long as I can remember, my dad’s garden has produced a beautiful bounty of fresh vegetables every summer. Unfortunately, there are some nasty bugs that attempt to completely derail all of his hard work! Now not all bugs are created equal when it comes to your garden. In fact, some are even beneficial! I think we have all heard by now that we need to save the bees! Bees are incredibly beneficial to your garden and essential for pollination. Ladybugs are also considered beneficial, as they feast on parasite bugs that kill your plants! But there are loads of other insects that can wreak major havoc on your garden. One of the main offenders are aphids (pictured below). These buggers feed on almost all fruit and vegetable plants, flowers and shade trees. And here’s the kicker with aphids: they reproduce like crazy. The females can even reproduce without mating. Awesome. Aphids There are some great natural ways to help control the aphid population in your garden. 1. A good strong watering or rainstorm will help kill the aphids. 2. Companion plants, such as marigolds can be very effective in keeping harmful insects such as beetles and aphids off of your plants! As you can see, my dad’s beautiful garden is FULL of marigolds! Gardenmarigolds 3. Garlic! Garlic, onions and their relatives do a great job of repelling aphids! You can either plant garlic in your garden, or you can make a garlic spray! And that’s just what my dad does to help keep the pests off of his precious plants! Here is his recipe! Homemade Garlic Spray: A Non-Toxic Insecticide Ingredients: 1 quart water 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic 1 tbsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp liquid castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s) Directions: Mix the water, garlic, cayenne pepper and castille soap in a glass container (unlike the plastic container in the picture..I’m still working on getting the plastic out of his life..one step at a time). Let the mixture sit in the sun for a few hours to concentrate. Combine the concentrate with water in a ratio of 1 part concentrate to 4 parts water. Store in a glass spray bottle and apply to plants every 2 to 3 days, as needed. Then…

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7 Shade Loving Shrubs And Bushes To Plant Under Trees
7 Shade Loving Shrubs And Bushes To Plant Under Trees

7 Shade Loving Shrubs And Bushes To Plant Under Trees

Shade Loving Shrubs Not all landscapes are in full sun all day, most of them have both sunny and shady spots. We tend to plant flowers and bushes in the sunny locations and leave the shady spots bare or use them for recreation. Some bushes thrive in the shade and will make a great addition to those shady areas of your landscape. Some shade-loving shrubs and bushes produce colorful berries, some produce flowers, and others are evergreen but all will add interest to a forgotten shady spot in your yard. Check out these shade-loving shrubs and bushes to discover which one is right for your landscape. Degrees of Shade There are varying degrees of shade and before selecting a bush you should observe the location to determine how much shade the location is in. There’s full shade, partial shade, and dappled sunlight, and the right bush must be matched with the right location for it to thrive. A full shade area receives no direct sunlight and is usually located under trees or on the north side of a building. Partial shade is a location that receives two hours or less of direct sunlight each day. Dappled sunlight in a shady area that has sunlight penetrating through trees or bush leaves. Sunlight can be increased in some locations if you have your heart set on planting a bush that needs a little more sunlight than the location offers. If the shady location is under or near a tree or other bush, prune off some of the lower branches so the area will be brighter. If there is a wall or fence adjacent to the shady location, paint it white so it will reflect the sunlight and make the area brighter. These tricks will allow a partial shade-loving shrub and bush to thrive in a full shade location. List Of Shade Loving Shrubs And Bushes Azalea The Azalea is a spring-blooming beauty that comes in a wide range of bloom colors.  Dappled sunlight under the canopy of a tree is ideal for these small bushes. Work compost into the soil before planting to ensure the soil drains well, which is another must for azaleas to thrive. These bushes have shallow roots and must not be planted too deep into the soil. They also prefer moist, slightly acidic soil. Mature bush will be 3-4 feet tall and wide. Next year’s bloom buds are set immediately after the bush finishes blooming…

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How To Control Mexican Bean Beetles Infestation?

The entire eastern US complained this year about the Mexican bean beetle infestation. It’s one of the most undesirable and destructive insect pests of beans. My uncle lives in Kentucky and he faced with a Mexican Bean beetles infestation where all the veggies looked like there were chopped with a paper hole punch. These leaf eater pests ruin the entire plant by creating round holes into the leaves and the plant loses its ability to photosynthesize. As a matter of fact, most people call it a lady bug but it is not when it attacks your garden. It is a harmful pest! Actually, it took 2 weeks like my uncle to identify the problem. At first, he thought a nasty rabbit is nibbling his veggies but, in the end, the damage was done by the fake lady bug. How to get rid of Mexican Bean Beetles? Handpick larvae and beetles, and destroy them.Check undersides of leaves, especially from early spring until June, to look for and remove eggs and pupal stage larvae.Bring in beneficial insects! Lady bugs love to make a Mexican bean beetles buffet, so bring it on! You can purchase a colony online.Prepare a mixture made of 3 parts of neem oil and 1 part of water, pour it in a spray bottle, and sprinkle the solution over the plant leaves.Check with your local Pest Control for a list of approved pesticides and insecticides if the problem gets out of hand. How to prevent Mexican Bean Beetles? Bush beans are less susceptible than pole beans, and also require less maintenance. Early crops are also less susceptible than late crops, as the most Mexican bean beetle damage occurs in midsummer.Rosemary is said to help deter Mexican bean beetles. Consider planting some of this herb around susceptible plants. Marigold might also be helpful.Clean up your garden at the end of the season, and till soil in the spring before planting. This will unearth any overwintering adult beetles.

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Hydrogen peroxide in your medicine Unconventional Uses Of hydrogen peroxide in the Garden

Hydrogen peroxide in your medicine, I have no doubt that you have some hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet to treat minor cuts and scrapes, but did you know that you can safely use hydrogen peroxide in the garden? Why using hydrogen peroxide in the garden? Well, it seems that is one of the best organic pesticides you can use to get rid of various harmful pests and insects attacking your plants! I recently read in a gardener’s almanac that hydrogen peroxide is actually the gardener’s best mate! So, leaving the surprise behind let me tell you the uses of hydrogen peroxide in the garden! How to use hydrogen peroxide in the ghttps://www.homeandgardentip.comarden? Use it confidently for any of the following problems in the garden: Combat Root Rot Overwatering can cause a shortage of oxygen at the roots of the plants by filling the spaces of air found in the soil which will cause plant chocking.So, prepare a mixture of one-quarter of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide and apply the mixture to your plants. Avoid watering until almost 2 inches of the soil is dry. Get Rid Of Fungal Infection Yes, hydrogen peroxide can kill plant fungus. Its effects are similar to neem oil for plants. Actually, it can combat any kind of fungal infection that is affecting your plants. Mix 4 teaspoons of 3 % concentration hydrogen peroxide with 1-pint of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on any plant that shows signs of fungal infections.Important! Use the correct proportions and dilution because you risk burning the plants. Sanitize The Seeds You can disinfect your seeds before sowing them because seedlings can be easily killed by all sorts of pathogens. Heat 3% hydrogen peroxide to 140 degrees F and soak the seeds in for 5 minutes. Speed-Up Seed Germination When hydrogen peroxide breaks down it releases oxygen which will help your seeds germinate faster. This process will promote healthy growth. So, prepare a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water and soak the seeds in it for 30 minutes. Rinse the seeds before planting. Disinfect Tools and Pots Due to its antimicrobial properties makes hydrogen peroxide the perfect disinfectant for your gardening tools and pots. Clean them with 6 or 9 percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide, undiluted. Plant Fertilizer You can strengthen the plant’s root system with hydrogen peroxide. It will help plants to absorb minerals and nutrients from the ground…

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The Way I Managed To Control Cabbage Worms In The Vegetable Garden
The Way I Managed To Control Cabbage Worms In The Vegetable Garden

The Way I Managed To Control Cabbage Worms In The Vegetable Garden

Dealing with small green worms on the back of your kale leaves? Well, my dears, those are cabbage worms that have to be eliminated immediately! Otherwise, these worms will cause the death of your plants, because the more leaves they manage to eat the less the plant has the ability to photosynthesize. Just inspect your plants carefully and wash them carefully to remove these nasty green worms.Focused in protecting my vegetable garden from other pests such as, deer, rabbits, gophers, moles, I totally forgot that there are tiny insects which can ruin my crops completely. The kale, broccoli radishes and cauliflower in my vegetable garden were attacked this year by this green and yacky worm. As I’m not into chemical pesticides, I decided to get rid of these disgusting and hungry green pests using some natural methods.I was suggested to handpick them, but you can do half the job in one day and the other day your veggies will be full of worms again. This doesn’t works so well! However, I found the perfect natural methods in getting rid of these green pests: Repellant drench: In a blender puree spearmint, green onion, garlic, horseradish, hot peppers, peppercorns and water. Add one tablespoon of liquid soap per quart of puree, spray onto plants. Flour Powder: Mix 1⁄2 cup of table salt and 1 cup of flour. Sprinkle onto plants while still moist from the morning dew. This mix will bloat and kill the worms. Netting: Netting is available for covering the plants in the cabbage family. If you can keep the moths from laying eggs you will get no damaging worms. The plant can grow the entire season under the netting without any loss of crops. Diatomaceous earth: Diatomaceous earth is ground up fossilized sea shells. Diatomaceous earth will puncture soft bodied insects and they will dehydrate and die. Local nurseries should carry diatomaceous earth. Garlic oil spray: Mince one bulb of garlic and soak in 2 teaspoons of mineral oil for 24 hours. Next, mix 2 cups of water with one tablespoon liquid soap then add garlic mix to water and soap, mix thoroughly. Strain out garlic and place into a jar for storage, this will be your concentrate. Use one to two tablespoons of garlic oil concentrate to two cups water, then spray plants covering all leaf surfaces. Use for control over aphids, cabbage loopers, earwigs, June bugs, leaf hoppers, squash bugs, and whiteflies. Worm deterrent citrus…

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How Do I Stop Ants From Getting Into My Hummingbird Feeder?
How Do I Stop Ants From Getting Into My Hummingbird Feeder?

How Do I Stop Ants From Getting Into My Hummingbird Feeder?

Ants are attracted to sugar and sweetness and since hummingbirds feeders are made up of sugar, spice, and everything nice, there’s no wonder that they will go straight to the feeder. Luckily, there are many ways of keeping ants away and enjoy the hummingbird's presence in your garden. As a matter of fact, my husband is a genius! This is the first year when we have problems with ants in the feeder, and I struggled in changing the water in the feeder periodically, after clearing all the ants.But, my husband came with the solution in creating a moat for the hummingbird feeder to keep ants out of the nectar. And it costs a few pennies! Let me tell you the steps you need to follow to ant-free your hummingbird feeder. 1. The first thing is to apply an ant moat which is a small cup that you have to place it between the feeder and the shepherds' hook. You can purchase it from the store or you can make one: cut a water bottle in halfdrill a hole in the bottom, big enough to fit the coated wire that holds the feederset the moat on top of the feederseal the hole in the water bottle with bathtub sealer, so no water would leak out 2. The second step is to hang the feeder on the fishing line, because it tends to be very slippery, making it difficult for ants to move across the fishing wire. 3. Use Vaseline to coat the shepherd’s hanger of the hummingbird feeder to create a slippery slope for ants. Don’t worry! The birds won’t touch the hanger, because they move directly to the feeding holes. 4. Another step is changing the feeder location because ants build habitats near food sources. Once, every couple of weeks, you can move the feeder to a different location. How Do I Stop Ants From Getting Into My Hummingbird Feeder?

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How Can I Treat My Yard For Ticks?

These nasty and tiny creatures – TICKS – are disease spreaders. They love sucking the blood out of you while they transmit Lyme disease into your system.Every human being on this planet is afraid of them, because no one wants to get sick and it’s very important to control these tiny parasites. As you can’t control ticks into the wild, there are several methods in controlling them on your landscape – the goal is to keep them from getting onto your property. How can you prevent ticks from getting on your property? The main focus should be in repelling pests that carry these parasites such as, deer, rabbits, raccoons, rats, mice, gophers, and other rodents. Another important solution is to search your pets from ticks and powder their fur with tick repellent powder or collars. More tips in preventing ticks from getting into your yard! Remove leaf litter.Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.Place a 3-foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.Mow the lawn frequently.Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (which discourages rodents).Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide. How to get rid of ticks in from your yard? Use essential oilsLavender, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, cedar, rose and citrus are all perfect in keeping ticks away. Apply a few drops on the back of your cat or dog and ticks will stay at a distance. The same thing applies for humans – you can mix a few drops of one of the above essential oils with water and pour the solution in a 200 ml spray bottle. Use it as many times you need. Diatomaceous EarthPurchase a bag of diatomaceous earth and sprinkle the powder in the areas you want to get rid of ticks. Surround your yard, house, dog house, etc. This is non-toxic powder and it will damage the exoskeleton of ticks causing their death. Nematodes Round worms simply love ticks, bugs, ants and many other tiny pests. So, if your soil isn’t rich in round worms, you can bring them into your garden. Bring In Tick Eaters Chickens, just like round worms, love to eat ticks…

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How Do I Get Rid Of Aphids On Roses Organically?

Aphids are yearly unexpected guests in our garden which love settling on rose bushes and other plants such as potatoes. As prevention is the key in every situation, aphids make no exception so, in order to keep your roses beautiful all summer long, you have to make an effort to control these nasty pests and keeping them out of your garden. Aphid Damage If the leaves of your roses are stunted, misshapen, curled or yellowed definitely you are confronting with aphid infestation. However, if you don’t see any aphids, you should check carefully the back of mature leaves. Aphids love to eat fresh young leaves and live in colonies on the back of mature leaves. Aphid Identification Beside the aspect of your leaves and their presence on leaves, there is another way to tell when dealing with aphid infestation. As these tiny pests feed with plant sap they will excrete a sweet liquid known as honeydew which is ant’s favorite food. So, if ants are invading your roses, you are definitely dealing with aphids. How to get rid of aphids? Well, there are a few ways in controlling aphids naturally, but the most effective is soap spray . You need: 5 tablespoons of soap (dish detergent)1 gallon of waterspray bottle How to prepare? Just add the above ingredients in the spray bottle and mix well with a stick or shake the bottle. How to use? For best results, you should spray the soapy solution on the roses early in the morning or in the evening. Other methods to control aphids on roses Put on a long sleeve shirt and pants and start handpicking or squash these pesky insects and leave them fall on the ground. This way you’ll provide aphid food to other good insects.

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How Can I Get Rid Of Skunks And Keep Them Away Forever?

Skunks are nocturnal and shy animals which aren’t often seen, but they certainly can be smelled! They are harmless creatures but it’s not advisable to stay too close to them, because they can “aromatize” you with a dose of their noxious spray. In some cases, when skunks feel threatened, they can bite and infect you with rabies if they are caring the disease. However, having a skunk around your house is not indicated and must be treated as a pest! They can tear up trash bags and topple garbage cans in their search for food, which can attract insects to your home. To prevent their unannounced visit into the garden, you should make your home inhospitable by removing all food sources, hiding places and apply some effective skunk repellent. Steps to follow for getting rid of skunks in the garden: Spray a mixture of castor oil and dish-washing detergent diluted in water. Skunks find the smell offensive. Spray the area at night when the skunk is away foraging.Probably the best skunk repellent is a light. Skunks are nocturnal and their eyes are very light sensitive. A bright light or a motion sensor flood light will scare skunks away.Most animals, including skunks, dislike the smell of citrus fruits. Place orange or lemon peels around the yard as a natural skunk repellent.Predator urine (dogs, coyotes) can be used to repel a skunk. These are commercially sold in garden centers.Many people say that placing ammonia-soaked rags around the yard, however, these need to be replaced often.If the skunks are in a smaller garden patch, put bars of strong–smelling soap or a room deodorizer near your garden. Ironically, skunks hate strong scents.If nothing works, there are humane ways for professionals to trap raccoons and skunks and transport them elsewhere. Often, skunk removal by trapping is the only answer, and there just isn’t a lot you can do if it is a skunk. However, be aware that many species of wildlife do not survive when placed in a new territory.

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How To Control Mosaic Viruses And Prevent From Getting Into Your Garden

Mosaic virus is a viral disease affecting many crops and vegetables such as beans, tobacco, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and peppers, throughout the United States. Plant viruses are difficult to identify, because their symptoms are similar to many nutrient deficiencies. Although, you may look for symptoms such as: leaves mottles with yellow, white, and light and dark green spots or streaks. Other mosaic virus symptoms: Wrinkled, curled or small leavesYellowing on veinsStunted growth and reduced yields How to control mosaic viruses? Bad news! Once the plants are infected, there is no treatment you can use to get rid of the disease. But, you may stop the spreading by removing all the infected plants and destroy them.Very important to – disinfect all your gardening tools to prevent mosaic virus spreading. How to prevent mosaic virus to enter your garden? Plant resistant plants when available in your garden. Resistant varieties of tomatoes have yet to be developed for cucumber mosaic virus, but tomatoes that are resistant to tobacco mosaic virus may have some slight resistance to cucumber mosaic virus as well.Mosaic viruses are mostly spread by insects, especially aphids and leafhoppers. You can try covering your plants with a floating row cover or aluminum foil mulches to prevent these insects from infecting your plants. Look at our other tips for controlling aphids.Control your weeds. Some types may serve as hosts for the disease.To avoid tobacco mosaic virus, soak seeds in a 10 percent bleach solution before planting and avoid handling tobacco near plants.

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What Natural Remedy Kills Hairy Caterpillars?
What Natural Remedy Kills Hairy Caterpillars

What Natural Remedy Kills Hairy Caterpillars?

Natural Remedy Kills Hairy Caterpillars : Caterpillars are the larval stage in the life cycle of butterflies and moths. Even if butterflies are cute flying insects which you wouldn’t want to kill when it comes to caterpillars the situation changes. Caterpillars do a lot of damage to your autumn crops and trees, and just seeing them causes me nausea. These 16th legged hairy insects really give me the shivers (in a bad way) only when I think of them. It must be a childhood phobia or something. However, I’ve seen them crawling around in the vegetable garden, more precisely on the cabbage leaves, and on the porch and every item standing there. It seems that I’m facing with a caterpillar invasion because my shady ornamental trees are full of caterpillars.I’ve read on many gardening websites that you can handpick these hairy pests and put them in a bucket with soapy water. But this repellent method just isn’t for me. Hence, I used Bacillus Thuringiensis, a naturally occurring soil bacteria that destroy caterpillars within a few days.How to use it?Simple as ABC – just dust the powder over the plants and trees that you want to protect or you can use the liquid form by spraying it directly on them.Don’t worry about any side effects! This solution is non-toxic and it can’t harm your plants or pets (if you have any)! Other Natural Caterpillar Control Methods Birds There are plenty of birds that love to dine on a caterpillar. So, install as many birdfeeders as you can around your house and vegetable garden to attract such birds into your yard. Burlap BagsSome caterpillar species (moth caterpillars) are dead meat. They hate heat and will hide under the burlap bags making it easier for you to squash them quickly. So, wrap your trees in such bags to create the perfect hiding place for caterpillars.

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Non-Lethal Methods In Getting Rid Of That Nuisance Gopher In My Yard
Non-Lethal Methods In Getting Rid Of That Nuisance Gopher In My Yard

Non-Lethal Methods In Getting Rid Of That Nuisance Gopher In My Yard

I have a gopher on my lawn! We’re like bad neighbors since we’re not on speaking terms. I yell all day to go away and stop damaging my lawn and plants, and he ignores me, pissing my nerves. I was advised to hunt it down with shovel by standing patiently over the hole and smack its head off when it gets out. But I don’t have patience and I had to come out with some other ways in getting rid of the rodent. Either way, the shovel method wasn’t something I would’ve tried it, because I’m not that bloodthirsty. I mean, I hate the gopher but I don’t want to kill it. However, I found other humane ways of getting rid of this troublesome rodent. 1. Noise As it turns out, moles and gophers are sensitive to noises, especially loud noises. So adding some natural noisemakers such as wind chimes in your yard is a good natural way to annoy these critters enough to leave your lawn. 2. Pet Waste I bet you didn’t know that you could use your dog’s pet waste to fight the battle against moles and voles. 3. Plants Moreover, yet another natural way to fight moles is to strategically install plants throughout the yard that the moles naturally dislike. Not only could this be an aesthetic way to win the battle but the good news these plants such as Castor bean, Crown imperial, and Narcissus are examples of mole-repelling plants. 4. Turn On The Radio You could take an old radio you have sitting in the garage and place it in a Ziploc bag and then turn up the noise near the entry and exit points of the mole’s tunnels. You can easily play ‘Another Teen Spirit by Nirvana’! LoL! 5. Nasty Scents This is crazy.. if the thought of invasive and potentially dangerous pesticides in your yard does not seem like a good idea… Well the good news is that another non-invasive option if you have any leftover fish from dinner then try placing it near the entry or exit points of the mole tunnels and the natural scent, will persuade them to vacate your property. 6. Coffee Grounds Put another way … you can recycle those used coffee grounds by scattering them over the tunnels themselves. The best part… the scent is annoying to these varmints just as much as their tunnels in your yard annoy…

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How To Stop Snakes Nesting Under The Deck And Encourage Them To Leave
How To Stop Snakes Nesting Under The Deck And Encourage Them To Leave

How To Stop Snakes Nesting Under The Deck And Encourage Them To Leave

Stop Snakes Nesting Under The Deck Stop Snakes Nesting Under The Deck Snakes are considered pests due to human fear of the animal and most of the time this nuisance and fearful reptile has to be removed quickly, especially when you find it snaked under the deck! God! I scared the hell out of me when I got outside the house last week and saw something crawling under the deck. I, literally, froze! I could’ve thought to any other pesky pest, but not snakes! How To Stop Snakes Nesting Under The Deck And Encourage Them To Leave I know that North American snakes are non-poisonous and they are actually good pests for our garden, but I can’t stand the idea of living alongside with snakes. In this regard, I decided to call animal control and get rid of the colony living under my deck!For me, this was the best option in getting rid of snakes, because I’m too scared to deal with snakes all by myself. However, there are several ways of keeping snakes at a distance from your house or making them go away for good and never come back. Trap The Reptile Using a snake trap is an effective option that you can use to get rid of snakes from under the deck. Snakes have the characteristic of being alert both day and night; therefore you can set the trap during the day and leave it overnight. The most important thing is to ensure that you frequently check on the trap and immediately relocate the snake once it is trapped. For best results, use multiple traps and ensure that they are located at all entry points that are likely to be used by the snakes to get under the deck. Since snakes are carnivorous animals, hence using baits that can easily lure them into the trap gives you an upper hand and you will be able to quickly get rid of them. Repel Snakes Away Snake repellents have a good chance of preventing the reptiles from entering your property perimeter, much less your house. They are not so effective, at least it will prevent snakes from getting onto your property.Snake repellents like mothball flakes, powders and sprays can be found in most hardware and other reputable stores all over the world. Ultrasonic emitters are also an option because they help in keeping these animals away. Landscaping Tricks By creating a less…

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Help! Groundhogs Are Eating Up My Vegetable Garden!

When groundhogs attack your vegetable garden, it’s critical! This situation requires smart tricks to repel these rodents from your yard! As a matter of fact, groundhogs ruin everything in their way: lawns, plants and crops. Before getting rid of groundhogs, let’s learn something about them! These indigenous rodents, also called woodchucks are most often found where wooded area meets the clearing and they spend most of their time in burrows. Groundhog burrows usually have one main entrance and one emergency exit (also called spy-hole) where their activity takes place. And their favorite activity is eating a wide variety of garden vegetables and fruits – yes, fruits! They can actually climb trees, so your fruits aren’t safe if you are dealing with groundhogs. Damagers, as I like to call these rodents! Pay attention! As they enjoy eating the same flowers and vegetables as deer and rabbits, you should check carefully to see which type of pest you’re dealing with. Groundhogs eat mostly during early morning and afternoon while deer and rabbits pop into the garden in the evening. How to control groundhogs? Sprinkle blood meal, ground black pepper, dried blood, or talcum powder around the perimeter of your garden. You can try using hair clippings as well.Puree and strain hot peppers and garlic, mix them with water and enough liquid soap to make it stick, and spray it liberally around the garden.Put some harmless but strong-smelling substance just inside the burrow (such as urine-saturated clumps of kitty litter). Loosely seal the entrance, so the smell stays inside the burrow.Would Do you eat lettuce tossed with bobcat urine? Neither would a woodchuck! Fox, coyote, wolf, and bobcat urine are among the forbidding predator scents now sold as groundhog repellents.Eliminate woodpiles and other places where groundhogs nest.Keep undergrowth and grass cover low to deter groundhogs.Groundhogs are always looking for vacant burrows. Close down their tunnel systems. Bury a three-foot-square panel of welded wire, centered over the entrance hole before an abandoned burrow is rediscovered.Unfortunately, humane traps and relocation may be the only solution. Place traps in front of burrow entrances or in the garden. Bait them with broccoli, apple slices, fresh lettuce, carrots, or sweet corn, and work the bottom of the trap into the earth. Check the trap often after setting it to minimize stress and injury to trapped creatures. Cover the trap with an old blanket to calm the groundhog.

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How Can I Keep Spiders Out Of My Yard?

Some people say spiders are harmless and some people are extremely scared by them. I find myself in the second category; as a matter of fact when I see a tiny furry four-legged spider is like I’ve seen Boogeyman. Another thing I dislike is getting into those sticky spider webs they knit. I know, you’ll say that spiders are actually beneficial in the garden, because they are the natural repellents for some insects, but I can’t stand them. The other days while I was reading a book on the porch, a spider started climbing up my leg. I froze and hit it with the book! Geeze! The sensation is still giving me the goosebumps! I said to myself: spiders have to find another place to stay away from my garden. In this regard, I drove spiders away from my yard using all sorts of tricks and solutions: I removed most items suitable for spiders to build a web (and I had a lot of wooden trunks and other crap thrown in the garden).Trim any dense vegetation in the yard like bushes. There is the perfect place for spiders to knit their webs.Move outdoor lights away from windows or other access points, because lights will attract these tasty insects.For instance, you can replace white light bulbs with yellow light bulbs. The last are designed not to attract bugs.Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the areas you want to protect from spiders – in front of the porch, doorway, pathway or in front of the garage. You can decorate the porch, windowsill and front door with spider repelling plants in pots. Such plants are: LavenderLemon balmLemon verbenaEucalyptusLemon grassMint In addition, I prepared a tobacco spray for the yard to deter spiders naturally, as it follows: Boil 1 gallon (4 l) of water.Add 1 package of pipe or chewing tobacco to the water and let the tobacco soak until the water cools to room temperature.Strain this mixture into a clean container.Put 1 cup of the tobacco juice and 1/2 cup of mint into a hose-end sprayer. Attach the hose sprayer to your garden hose and spray problem areas of your yard. This mixture will also repel mosquitoes and other pests. Be selective in your spraying! This mix will also kill all the many beneficial insects in your garden, like lady bugs and beetles. Spiders are beneficial in the garden as well – eating lots of mosquitoes and plant…

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