5 Common Garden Nuisances and How To Deal With Them
How to Deal With 5 Common Garden Nuisances
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How to Deal With 5 Common Garden Nuisances

Gardening should largely be about the enjoyment of cultivating your space. You should not be dragging yourself to clean the mess of insects living in your garden or other stressful issues.

Garden Problems and How to Deal With Them

Our garden experts have revealed straightforward pieces of advice for Brits to handle common garden problems. These gardening tips include using easily accessible things like chalk, apple cider vinegar, alcohol, and boiling water.

1. Weeds

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If you are a gardener who does not prefer to use of environmentally-harmful chemicals all over your garden to get rid of weeds, then there’s good news for you.

You may consider soaking weeds in boiling water to burn their roots. By doing this, your driveways and patios will be free of these garden nuisances without damaging the surrounding plants.

On the other hand, for the stubborn weeds in the middle of lawns and flowers, you may spray them a mixture of water and pure alcohol. Also, you may scatter baking soda on the ground where you pull out the weeds to prevent their regrowth.

2. Ants

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Drawing a solid line using a stick of chalk on the garden paths or outdoor furniture will keep swarms of ants away. It might be the smell or the sight, but ants will be afraid to cross the line so this trick can be very effective.

Aside from that, they also hate the smell of lemon, cinnamon, garlic, coffee, and nutmeg. Baking soda is a proven practical alternative to chemicals too. Mix an equal part of it with icing sugar to attract the insects into consuming baking soda which is toxic to them.

3. Wasps

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Brits should merely keep calm and carry on with their activities despite having a wasp around. It’s because upsetting these insects, like wafting your hands to shoo them away, will only provoke them to sting. Therefore it’s best to stand still or not react at all.

You may also want to avoid having bright flowers in your garden or in more extreme cases avoid snacking outside altogether, as these could attract a pack of wasps to your place.

But there are ways to naturally deter wasps from your place.

Did you know that the smell of tomato stems, ground coffee, fresh mint, and cloves could discourage them from specific areas?

If they already in your space creating a trap by placing a small glass of orange juice to lure them in a remote corner area in the garden could keep them away from an occupied space.

For an easy trap, you can cut the neck off a plastic bottle and insert any sweet-smelling food.

4. Flies

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Fruit flies droning around our gardens, patios, and kitchens can be very annoying. To avoid this, keep exposed areas clean and remove any tempting insect snacks like overripe fruits, leftovers, and sweet treats.

You may also half fill a glass with apple cider vinegar and cover it with pierced cling film to catch these garden nuisances. They will not be able to resist the smell, and will then get trapped.

If they could still manage to get away, add a little soap to the vinegar to cut the surface tension and sink the flies. You could also add a paper cone down into the glass to give them a difficult way to get out.

If ever those traps don’t do their work, there is still the good old traditional rolled-up newspaper you could use to kill flies with.

5. Dry Grass

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When it comes to dry grass, prevention is better than cure! To help your lawn serve as a reliable and moist foundation for your plants, make sure to water it regularly.

However, if you notice your grass drying out and turning yellow, don’t be panicky and flood the area with water. If you do that, the soil could turn into mud and drown remaining, healthy grass.

What you can do is gently remove the dead residue and give a little water more frequently to bring back life back to your lawn.

Then, aerate the grass with a fork to allow the water to penetrate down into the roots. Reseed any gaps and leave clippings on the lawn for further moisture and protection from the weather.

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