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4 October 2013

3 Tips to Maintaining and Improving your Garden

Obtaining perfection within your garden is an almost impossible task as the environment is continuously changing and any perfection that you do achieve is fleeting due to its dependence upon the seasons. This is one of the reasons as to why we tend to our gardens on a regular basis; however there are several tips and tricks that you can utilise in order to reduce the amount of maintenance that your garden requires.

 

Planning Before Planting

To ensure that you plant your seeds in the right shape such as rows or circles and to guarantee that you can tell the difference between the weeds and your crops, you can use sand to mark out the lines that you will sow your seeds along. Due to the fact that sand is an incredibly light aggregate it won’t damage or compact your soil and will also wash away with the rain once you have sown your seeds.

 

Seeds – Filling Spaces

If there are open areas within your garden that have not been protected through the use of plants or aggregates as mulch you should consider sowing seeds, planting flowers or utilising mulch as unprotected soil can be extremely vulnerable to becoming infested with weeds.

 

If you feel that your garden is brimming with enough colour and foliage you can fill these empty spaces with decorative aggregates such as gravel and slate chippings. Alternatively, you could cover these spaces with a practical material such as wood chippings as the wood chippings will eventually break down and provide your soil with fertiliser.

 

 

Discouraging Garden Pests

Each time you plant a new vegetable, fruit or leafy plant within your garden slugs and snails will make an attempt to attack them. To discourage these pests from damaging your plants you can protect the plants by sprinkling a mixture of caffeine and rock salt around the recent additions to your garden. However, if you do not wish to completely prevent the slugs and snails, only deter them, you can replace the salt with sand or grit.

 

The caffeine works by causing the slugs and snails to produce an excessive amount of slime; this means that the slugs and snails will dry out rapidly and will not be able to advance and raid your plants. The salt affects the slugs and snails in almost the same way as the caffeine, except that slugs and snails react violently when they come into contact with salt.

 

There are many other ways in which you can improve your garden and the way that you maintain it, but the best way for you to acquire this information is through experience. You can gain this experience by experimenting with the style and layout of your garden or by taking the time to understand how your garden works and how you can make it more efficient.

 

For more information on utilising aggregates throughout your garden you can enquire at your local garden centre; for expert advice and professional customer care you can get in touch with us here at Aggregate Shop.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 12:42

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