Gardening is a great way to unwind and commune with Mother Nature. However, there are also instances when gardening can be rather frustrating, particularly when it seems that the world is conspiring against you and your garden. These circumstances can spell serious trouble for your garden if not tended to properly; still, recognizing and addressing these issues can sometimes be easier said than done. Knowing exactly which threats are plaguing your garden often requires a keen eye and attention to detail. In fact, certain issues in your garden may be attributed to multiple causes at once. This guide explores some of the biggest threats in your garden and how you can mitigate them to create the most beautiful yard possible.
Weeds can be rather skilled camouflage artists—it may be difficult to recognize these imposters at first glance. While a small patch of weeds may not seem like a major threat at first glance, they can grow and spread rapidly, sapping precious nutrients from your plants in the process. There are several methods you can adopt to rid your garden of weeds safely and efficiently.
The most popular option is to spray the weeds directly with a chemical weed killer. This method is most popular because it works very quickly and is highly effective. You must be careful that the weed killer you choose will not affect your plants in any way. The chemicals that work to eradicate weeds will likely be just as effective on your precious plants, after all. For a more natural removal method, you can also place a weed barrier or a layer of mulch to prevent these pests from growing in the first place.
Garden pests come in all shapes and sizes and are some of the biggest threats in your garden. Bugs, bunny, and even birds all view your garden as a tasty snack and will jump at the chance to nibble on your crops. Building physical barriers around your garden is the best way to deter larger pests including rabbits, deer, chipmunks, and squirrels.
For smaller pests, you may need to take a more detailed approach. Enacting a bit of insect warfare can prove rather effective in this manner. Planting items that attract beneficial bugs and deter annoying insects will work wonders when protecting your plants. Ladybugs, for instance, are rather beneficial in your garden, as they feed on pesky aphids and will help pollinate your plants. Plant items that attract these species and see your pest problem fall to the wayside.
Unfortunately, it’s true. On some occasions, Mother Nature herself may even conspire against your garden. These attacks generally come in the form of sudden thunderstorms, torrential downpours, or weeklong droughts, all of which are detrimental for your garden. While there’s not much you can do to outwardly challenge Mother Nature, there are some actions you can take to subvert the effect of her weather changes. Placing a layer of ground cover and maintaining a regular watering schedule helps keep your plants hydrated in the face of a sweltering drought, while a row cover will help reduce the amount of damage felt by high winds and heavy storms.