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Ways To Keep 3 Different Pests Out Of Your Garden

People who own their own garden tend to want to spend a lot of money and time making it look fantastic.  The problem is that all sorts of pests try to come into your garden and as a result cause problems.  They might be eating your leaves, fruit, berries or simply creating big mounds of earth all over your lawn.  There are so many different pests that the average gardener has to deal with, here are tips for three of them.

Deer – The majority of people tend to think of the Disney movie Bambi whenever the think about deer.  The problem is that people who have lovely gardens can end up having problems with deer coming in and destroying their plants.  The best thing to do in this situation is to build a deer fence which will be high enough to keep these particular pests out.  You might also want to think about plants that deer don’t particularly like to eat such as Yarrow, Bugleweed, Bellflower and Tickseed.

Birds -Although the vast majority of folks spend a lot of money trying to encourage birds into their gardens, there are some who want to keep birds away from their plants which have fruit and berries.  One of the best ways to deal with the birds in this case would be to buy netting to protect these plants.  However there is a vast array of other products you can buy such as scare balloons and electronic pest repellents.

Moles -Moles generally aren’t too much of a problem unless you have a lawn.  A lawn that used to be perfectly flat and green can quickly end up with mole hills all over it.  Some people even claim that moles cause damage to roots, however there are also those who say they are actually beneficial to soil because they help to aerate it.  If you just want rid of them then you might want to look at trapping them. There’s also a device that you insert into the ground and it will make sounds that the moles hate.

You may see these creatures as being pests however please don’t do anything that could damage people, pets or other innocent animals.  This is particularly the case with poisons and traps that are indiscriminately used.  Perhaps you will want to try and work with nature and accept them into your garden instead.  A lot of natural habitat is being lost and gardens might be their only refuge.

How To Start A Compost Heap In Your Garden

As a gardener your main priority might be to have the most perfectly beautiful garden in your neighbourhood.  However you might also want to think about the environment and the wildlife that makes use of your garden.  Remember a garden isn’t just for the benefit of humans, it’s also for the benefit of birds, animals and insects.

This is why you should start a compost.  You may shudder at the thought of having vegetables rotting away in your prized garden but it’s nowhere near as bad as all that.  Sure, you can make a compost heap which is ugly and messy, however you can also create one which is neat and tidy.

The first great benefit of a compost is that you are reducing the amount of organic materials you are adding to the landfill.  The strange thing about kitchen waste rotting in landfill is that it releases methane gas however in the compost heap it doesn’t.  This is because you mix the compost up to allow oxygen to flow through it.  With landfill everything gets compacted down and this keeps the oxygen out.

There are different types of compost heap you can have in your garden.  When it comes to attracting wildlife such as hedgehogs, toads and such like, you need to create a heap which allows for access.  If it is sealed up then there’s no way for these creatures to get in.  Unfortunately this means the most wildlife friendly type is also the messiest type so if you go for this, make sure you create some sort of screen so that it’s out of sight.

You also need to understand what things to add into your compost and what items to leave out.  If you add in meat and fish you will simply attract vermin which is certainly not a good idea.  You also need a good balance of wet items (grass clippings and kitchen waste) with dry items (paper, cardboard and wood chippings).  If you have a compost that’s too wet you will attract flies.  If you have a compost that’s too dry it won’t break down into soil easily.

Hopefully you now have a fairly good idea of why you should start a compost and what you need to do to maintain it.  There are loads more composting tips on the internet if you want to research it further.