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Gardens Galore

Gardens Galore By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Do you wish you could give your garden a makeover but don't know where to start? Let the warming weather motivate you back outdoors and freshen up your yard. These tips make it easier than you might think.
  • Garden pest control: springtime weather brings out the pests, especially snails and slugs. Get rid of them now before they start reproducing and causing further trouble. Frogs, toads, and birds are natural predators that can help pick them off. You can also try slug pellets, bait, or spray a liquid killer. Severe infestations may require you to stop using organic mulches which slugs and snails love to use for shelter.
  • Pay attention to the weather since frosts can still creep up in colder climates. You may want to keep winter cloches on hand to protect your plants, although many protective coverings can start to come off this month if you haven't already done this.
  • Enjoy the fresh air and exercise of gardening, but be careful not to hurt your back! It's best to do a half-hour of garden work, such as digging, and then switch to a different job that doesn't require bending so you don't aggravate your muscles.
  • Remove any weeds that sprout up now before they settle in for the duration of the growing season. This cuts down on their chances to spread their seeds and take over. Hoeing is more effective in dry weather, so wait for a nice sunny day.
  • Prevent weeds with mulch, with the added benefit of locking in moisture. But only apply mulch to moist soil, otherwise the water can't penetrate.

Lots of organic methods now exist for pest control and weed prevention, so consider healthier alternatives for your garden -- they save your pocketbook as well as our environment! Most of all enjoy the time outdoors as spring is finally here.

About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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