Let us take a quick look at some of the ways you can bliss out your backyard while keeping both your wallet and Mother Nature happy.
The summer is finally here, and we all know what that means. Yes, now is the perfect time to give our gardens and backyards a much needed facelift. You might be wondering right now – “Isn’t making some extensive works on our gardens expensive and wasteful?”, but do not worry. The answer is – Not even remotely. Let us take a quick look at some of the ways you can bliss out your backyard while keeping both your wallet and Mother Nature happy.
Choose the Plants that Will Fit Your Backyard
Choosing the plants that will be appropriate for the local climate and the type of soil in your backyard can be of immense help in keeping the maintenance costs at the bare minimum. If you are not sure which way to go, you can always choose some of the weather-agnostic perennials like Caradonna, Iron Butterfly, Verbenas or Memories. You can even go for a purposefully sterile and desert-like vibe with drought-tolerant champions like Sunset Strain, CapeBlanco, and Voodoo.
Make the Most Out of the Water You Have on Disposal
Water your plants early in the morning while the temperature is still low, and the soil has an opportunity to absorb the water before evaporation comes fully into play. If you are not able to water the plants in the morning, do it in the late afternoon or evening. By using a bucket, instead of sprinklers and hoses will ensure that the water is distributed where it is needed the most.
Harvest the Water
The best thing about the previous entry is that the water you are going to use does not even have to come from the public supply system. Here are a few ways you can harvest the water that would otherwise go to waste:
- Save the pasta water
- Save the water used for washing fruits and veggies
- Use the rain barrels
Treat Your Plants with Beverages
If you fill a saucer with beer near the plants that are constantly being attacked by vermin, the scent of the beer will attract the snails that will literally drink themselves to death. Placing wet tea bags on the barren ground patches where you are going to lay down the grass seeds will help the grass grow twice as fast.
Mow the Lawn Properly
When it comes to garden maintenance, mowing the lawn may probably be the duty people mishandle the most. Letting the grass grow higher (up to 7 cm) and leaving the mown bits where they are will not only be beneficial for the grass, but it will help the soil preserve the moisture and reduce the need for watering. Also, use the reel mower instead of diesel or electrical alternatives.
Install Solar-Powered Lights
This may sound like a big expense, but just think of the toll electrically-powered light sources take on your power bill, and you will realize that this is a very smart investment. Besides, solar lights produce very unique and easy on the eyes. This type of light is also much more pleasant, than the incandescent bulbs.
Make Your Own Gardening Tools
Soon-to-be-waste water is not the only resource you can use to make your garden shine this summer. You can create tools from used, everyday stuff too. For example, plastic milk jugs can be used as mini greenhouses or flexible scoops. Blankets can be used to move the heavy items around, or – if you shred them to pieces – it can be used to tie the plants. Yogurt containers can become thee perfect cutworm collars.
Now that you know what plants you should plant, and how to maintain them, all you have to do is roll up your sleeves and get to work. A little bit of labor can do you no harm. Who knows, you may even get a tan.
Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls. Diana is
interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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