DIY Soil Care Tips to Extend Your Plants’ Life

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soil careEven the very poorest soil can be given a new life. When the soil is in excellent shape, there is a decreased need to add fertilizers or pesticides. Involves the quality of your soil involves two key processes. The first one is adding more nutrients while the second one consists in adding organic materials such as garden compost and manure to improve its structure. When you add natural materials, you make the soil airier, and this helps in root development as well as improving its drainage.

In this guide, we have provided guides on different ways you can use to improve soil fertility, be it adding manure, mulching, composite and much more.

 

Know Your Soil Type

The first step to implementing DIY soil care involves knowing the type of soul you are dealing with. The soil texture and pH affect the way your trees and other plants absorb nutrients in the water. Most plants flourish with a neutral pH of between 6 and 7. Note that there are others which grow best in alkaline or acidic soils. Soil texture matters a lot too. Sandy soil feels gritty while a silty soil is more like flour. Soil texture determines how well it holds water, and nutrients it needs, its drainage as well as the ease of root growth.

 

Improve Soil Structure

You can improve the structure of your soil with the use of organic matter. No matter the type of soil you have, its structure can be improved. You can make clay soil more porous as well as making sand soil retain more water, by adding organic elements. Addition of organic matter (decaying remains of animals and plants) the decomposing organic matter releases nutrients that are soaked up by microorganisms. Adding these elements benefit the soil structure around any vegetation.

Loosen Compacted Soil

You can improve the drainage of your soil by loosening compacted soil. If the soil is too compact, the roots will face a harder time growing. This will make water percolate more slowly into the soil translating into poor plant growth. With simple steps, you can avoid soil compacting altogether. On your lawns, create paths and walkways to minimize foot traffic. Be sure to aerate the soil every fall to improve its airflow as well as drainage. You can also work towards improving your yard drainage. You don’t need to be a professional soil expert. Only work with what you have.

 

 

 

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Landscaping Tips to Bring the Best out of Your Home

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landscapingAn excellent landscape is the key to achieving the best look for your home. A good landscape can add value to your home. Not all landscapes are created equal, as poorly created ones look less appealing. When you are trying to sell your home, landscaping plays a vital role as it makes the home look inviting and appealing. Asides from selling a home, one that has an excellent landscape is more fulfilling and makes occupants feel a sense of belonging.

However, when it comes to landscaping, where do you start?  You can do it by yourself, which is very challenging, or you can make use of a landscape designer, but the prices are quite high. Here are some essential tips for those looking forward to landscaping their space.

 

Know Your Climate

Before you get too excited when it comes to landscaping your space, know the climate of your home, including the geographic location on the earth. Knowing the climatic conditions, you live in help in choosing the appropriate plants that will flourish in your space. You know equally know how much sun and shade different parts of your lawn will receive during the day.

 

Conduct Research

Conduct research beforehand as you plan out your gardening and landscaping strategy. Determine if you are going to do it in bits and phases or if you are going to hire a landscape professional to help you with the plan. You can ask for guidance from a local nursery farmer or from neighbors who have done landscaping in the right way.

 

Plant at the Right Time

Plant landscaping the appropriate time and season of the year. Note that the plants you plant will thrive better for many years to come if you plant them at the suggested times in the year, as indicated by gardeners and horticulturists.  You can visit gardening websites and ask for when it is the best time for the plants you choose to raise up.

 

Plan for Growth

When choosing how to landscape, note that the size of plants you choose and estimate how the plants will grow in the years to come. If you go for shrubs, will it be the type of vegetation you want in the next couple year to come? You need to get inspired when going gardening. You can get this inspiration from neighbors who have done it right, or by traveling to different areas of the town.

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How to Get Rid of Destructive Garden Insects

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gardeningNo gardener wants to see insects and to cause havoc to their flower beds and farms. Insects can be a menace, and it’s good to be armed with the right knowledge to protect your garden from these annoying invaders. Nothing ruins your yard and garden more than weeds do. Weeds can rob your plants of their vital nutrients and space. To prevent and protect your garden from weeds attack, here are essential and effortless steps you can take today;

 

Build Healthy Soil

The soil is essential in the supply of nutrients, oxygen, water and root support to plants as they need all these to thrive. One of the best ways to prevent pest problems is to build healthy soil. You can make healthy soil by limiting soil disturbance which leaves the soil surface bare. Practices such as crop rotation, mulching and adding composite can protect your soil.

 

Attract Beneficial Predators

Did you know you can protect your garden from attack by attracting only the beneficial predators? Beneficial predators include bees, ladybugs, spiders, praying mantis among others. Harmful ones include cabbage worms, mites, cabbage moths, cutworms among others. When you keep your garden diversified, you encourage year-round blooming which in turn attracts various types of beneficial insects.

 

Garden Monitoring

You should monitor your garden at all times. You should keenly observe and watch your crops from the harmful effects of pests, irrespective of how healthy the plants look like. Check the undersides of your crop leaves to ensure that there are no bugs hiding or layers of eggs awaiting hatching. If your plants are under attack, you will see deformed leaves, discolored leaves, others chewed and some with abnormal growth as a result of leaf galls.

 

Mechanical Pest Solutions

Devise mechanical pest solutions to avert the damage these creatures cause. You can use simple equipment and natural ingredients that provide a protective barrier between different plants and insects. Some of the critical obstacles include fences and nets that can keep animals away. You can try handpicking and plucking pests and their egg sacks. You can also lay traps to catch or lure pests away from plants.

Chemical Cures

Don’t forget the importance of chemical solutions such as organic pesticides. Note that you should only use approved chemicals. When using chemicals, start with the least toxic solutions such as garlic, corn gluten, kaolin clay, gibberellic acid among others. The moderately toxic ones include neem, boric acid, adjuvants among others.

 

 

 

 

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