So you went ahead and prepped your soil, then got down and dirty and planted your garden. Time to sit back and relax right? Right? Wrong. Before you get too comfy, you need to maintain your garden by protecting against all the forces rallying to destroy your hard work. Birds, bugs and other bothers all want to get a piece of your beautiful garden, but with a little help you can stop these and any other threats that come your way.
The Big Threats
They’re out there all summer, running amuck in your lawn. Children. While they’re intentions are good, they can nonetheless be harmful to your garden. A garden fence can protect against unwanted trampling, while adding a nice finishing touch. A garden fence isn’t always the final answer to maintaining your garden, though. Large-to-medium sized pests like deer, rabbit and mice all snack on the delicious plants and flowers you worked so hard on, and may be able to get past a garden fence.
The Bigger Threat
Deer are a particularly large problem as they will eat just about anything. One way to keep deer from devouring your garden is to plant the types of plants they don’t like to eat. Thorny plants and anything with fuzzy or leathery leaves are not popular with deer. One way to keep deer away and make your kids happy? Buy a dog. A dog’s bark, or any other loud noise, will scare away deer since they need to constantly be on the lookout for predators. Using a non toxic, natural repellent that is not harmful to pets or people will help keep your garden maintained throughout the warm months by repelling pests of the larger variety.
The Little Threats
No small pest is more harmful to your garden than the grossest one: slugs. These slimy little guys will eat just about any kind of vegetation, meaning no matter what you’ve planted, they’ve got their eye on it. There are a few ways to deal with slugs. You could use “sharp” objects like sand and gravel to create a barrier around your garden, or use soot from your chimney or salt to dry out and get rid of them. Many other pests eat rotting dead leaves or fallen fruit, so be sure to keep your garden clear of plant waste. One tried and true method? If it’s big enough, pick up the pest and remove it by hand. Just like with larger pests, nontoxic repellents can help keep insects and other bugs at bay without damaging your garden.
Let JFK Lawn and Landscape Help Maintain Your Garden
For over 12 years, Jason Kahler and his team at JFK Lawn & Landscaping have been providing outstanding landscaping service to homeowners and businesses throughout Howard County, and recently expanded to Montgomery County and Carroll County. Family owned and operated since 2004, JFK offers services including lawn maintenance, turf enhancement, general landscaping, gutter cleaning, and power washing, as well as snow removal services in the winter months. To learn more about what we do, check out our About Us page or our FAQ section.
If you have any questions or concerns about your lawn and landscaping needs, please feel free to give us a call at (410) 531-6208 or shoot us an email using our contact form.