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10 Organic Ways to Rid Your Garden of Slugs

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The first thing you can do is switch your watering schedule. Slugs go out at night, and they work best in damp conditions. So if you’re watering in the evening, then you’re creating a perfect environment for slugs. Water in the morning so there’s time for things to dry up.

You could try introducing slug predators to your yard or garden if you really want to deal with the slug problem. Frogs are usually the predator of choice. Of course, you’ll need to provide an environment for the frog to survive, and it also means you’ll have frogs in your yard, so be aware of that trade off.

Slugs like some plants more than others. What you can do is plant a distracter plant so that the slugs stay away from your fruits and veggies and other prized plants. Chamomile is a great example. Plant it near your other plants, and the slugs will eat this instead of the others.

You could also use plants that deter slugs instead of distracting them. For example, fennel and rosemary are highly disliked by slugs. Plant them in your garden, and that should help get rid of the little pests.

Diatomaceous earth is one of the best solutions for lots of insect problems in the garden. The product shreds up the slugs’ underbellies, dehydrating and killing them. Sprinkle this around the edges of the garden and near the bases of the plants.

Lava rocks are another product for your garden that are a natural way to kill slugs. Their rough and scratchy surface also rips up the slugs. It will kill them and also, once they learn, they’ll avoid your garden. Just make sure there aren’t any leaves or dirt on the rocks that will cover the surface.

Break up some egg shells and sprinkle them around your soil. Like the previous ideas, this creates a rough surface that cuts up the slugs’ bellies. However, it also helps add nutrients to the soil as the shells break down, so it’s a win-win.

I bet you didn’t know that seaweed is a great natural slug repellent! Mulch the seaweed around your garden, making sure it doesn’t touch the base of the plants. The seaweed is salty, which slugs hate, and when it dries, it becomes rough and scratchy.

A copper wire can work well to deter slugs. Wrap it around the base of your garden, making sure it’s fully exposed. You can also use a copper mesh to protect your plants. The slugs will avoid crossing over it because they don’t like the copper.

A really drastic solution for getting rid of slugs is the old salt technique. Go out to your garden at night and pour some salt on any slugs you may see. The salt kills them pretty quickly. Just don’t go overboard because you don’t want a bunch of extra salt in your soil.

9 Genius Ways to Create a Backyard Paradise

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One of my favorite things about my backyard is the amazing water feature we have. It’s a waterfall type feature, and it’s the best. Not only does it bring birds and other gorgeous animals, but the sounds are so relaxing. I could just go back there and fall asleep right next to my water feature.

If you like to entertain guests, then hanging lights are an absolute must for your backyard. There are so many different types and ideas, but they all look good. I love the Edison bulbs because the give your patio or porch a nice rustic look that feels really homey and cozy.

Add some light and get rid of bugs by installing some mosquito-repelling tiki torches. You can make your own or buy them from the store. They easily install to the walls (or you can get tall standing ones), and help repel bugs from biting you and your guests.

One of the biggest kills to having a backyard paradise is the outdoor furniture. If you have those dinky plastic chairs, then you definitely will NOT be in paradise. It’s time to get rid of that furniture and get some nice and comfy stuff. You can still spruce up your backyard without breaking the bank.

A little garden pathway is a great visual element, but it’s also fantastic for getting around more easily. Build those gorgeous curling pathways that make you feel like you’re in an 18th century English manor or something. There are lots of different types and materials you can use to build a pathway in your own backyard.

Make sure you have a relaxing area that you can go to in order to get away from the everyday stresses of life. Mine includes a cute little pillow hammock that I can sit in to just breathe! My kids know not to bother me there, and my husband knows it keeps me sane. 🙂

For those of you who plan on using your outdoor space as much as possible in the warm months, you may want to build an outdoor kitchen. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but a nice little sink, oven/stove area, and maybe even a small fridge can save you a lot of time and hassle. Plus, it’ll stop you from having to go inside all the time, which can help with the AC bill.

Divide out your yard (if it’s big enough) to make cute distinct zones. You can use privacy hedges, picket fences, or any other type of material. This is a great idea if you tend to have adults and kids in the yard at once. Areas can be divided between the two ages while existing together at the same time.

This may seem silly, but place some greenery on your patio and porch to make it feel even more comfortable. I know you probably have greenery in your yard and garden, but if you don’t have any on the porch, it will feel like a stark divide between urban and nature. By adding some potted plants and shrubs to the patio, you help blend the two together.

9 Genius Backyard Shade Ideas

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I love the idea of having a backyard shade that can be pulled out and retracted. This lets you avoid the worst of the heat in the afternoon, but you can pull it back and put it away when the sun’s gone down and the stars are out. It makes your backyard much more enjoyable.

The cool thing about a sail shade is how it looks. You can choose from a lot of different colors and styles, so choose one that best matches your backyard décor. Sails are nice because they’re cheaper than full canopies or awnings, and they still block a significant amount of the sun.

For those of you with a green thumb, grow a vertical garden and use that to block out the sun! You can’t put the plants as your ceiling (unless you’re really skilled), but they work great as the walls for shade in the backyard. Plus, you have space for plants, which is always a plus.

If you’re looking for some greenery to have all around, then plant some wisteria. It grows really fast and it will stretch out to eventually cover your whole ceiling and provide great shade for your backyard. Wisteria will turn even the most urban home into a natural getaway that everyone can enjoy.

Build or have a pergola built in your backyard. This is one of the more classic and common ways to bring shade to the backyard. There’s nothing wrong with this idea, especially if you want some shade and a really classy structure to go with it.

An umbrella or parasol is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to bring shade to your backyard in a jiffy. You can even get tables and deck chairs that come with holders so the umbrella can slide right into it and cover where you’re sitting. This is also a great solution because it’s retractable.

Install a fabric canopy over your deck or backyard area for a simple yet classy way to add some shade. I like the fabric canopy because they’re really high quality, and they reduce the sun’s heat quite a bit.

Lattice patterns are a fun and unique way to add some shade and personality to your backyard. I like to combine the lattice with some plants and other natural elements to make the backyard for more secluded and private.

Go for a really unique look with this dome! It provides the shade you want, and it’s a great conversation piece. It’s privacy is so nice; I bet your kids and your whole family will love spending time underneath the shade down.

8 Incredibly Helpful Tips to Grow Fruit Trees in Containers

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Before you go out and buy all your supplies, you need to plan on what type of tree you want to plant. Do your shopping between late January and early March, as this is the best time to get the healthiest trees. You can try your hand at apple trees or any other dwarf plant such as peaches or nectarines. Fig trees work too. When you choose to buy, make sure it’s from a reputable source. You don’t want to get a sick and unhealthy tree.

The container is going to be incredibly important because it determines how well your tree’s root system grows. You want one that is at least 18 inches in diameter. 20 inches or more is usually best, though. The material can be anything you want: terracotta, plastic, wood, or whatever. Just make sure it’s sturdy, has good drainage, and is big enough.

Because your tree won’t be getting nutrients from the actual ground, you need to make sure you’re using high quality soil. Don’t use gardening soil because it’s too heavy and can cause drainage problems. You’ll also want to find nutrient mixes and fertilizers that your tree may need in order to grow best. Talk to your local nursery or wherever you bought the tree.

Before planting, cut and trim any roots that look damaged or that are too long. If you don’t, they can cause damage down the road that will be a lot harder to fix once the tree is in the pot. The beginning is a much easier time to nip these problems in the bud.

When your tree is planted and in the pot, don’t forget to prune it. This is really important because your tree will need as much energy as possible to bear the best fruit. Fruit usually grows at the tips and tops of trees, so keep that in mind.

Be weather aware when it comes to potted plants. Because you can move the pot, this should help you keep the plant alive. During good weather, put it where it will grow best (usually in full sun). When it’s cold and in the winter, you’ll want to move the plant indoors or to the garage or shed.

Watering is one of the most important things you can do to help a potted tree survive. Usually, you’ll want to water twice a week. If it’s really hot, you may need to water daily. Don’t just rely on the rain because the pot doesn’t have enough surface area to provide the plant all the water it needs.

In order to keep the tree healthy, you’ll want to have a stake, trellis, or some other support system. If not, the tree will easily slant to the side or grow in an odd direction. Do this when the tree is first planted because fixing it down the right will be a NIGHTMARE!

13 Garden Mosaic Projects That Will Blow Your Mind

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One of the most popular ways to add a mosaic to your yard is by making stepping stones. They’re really easy to make yourself, and it’s a fun project to do with the kids. Each stone can be different, or you can create a uniform pattern.

Pathways are a bit more work than stepping stones, but they’re just as gorgeous. The best part about a path is that the entire thing is covered in the mosaic, creating a work of art on the floor of your yard. You just want to have enough tile pieces!

Decorate your yard with mosaic rocks. You can create fun and creative patterns, or you can do things like a ladybug design! These can go between flowers, in bushes, or on your patio. They can be used to decorate anywhere you need them.

Add some color and gardening space by making a mosaic vertical garden. The best way to do this is by using teacups or halved flower pots, since the material looks best with the mosaic tiles. But you can do whatever your heart desires!

Get creative and make some wall or fence art out of mosaic tiles. It can be as big or as small as you want. As colorful as you feel. Get your kids involved for a fun summer project.

The birds deserve to have a cute place to come hang out. Make a mosaic birdbath that they can enjoy. Whether it’s the whole piece or just the dish part, this is a great DIY project to start.

Add mosaic tiles to cinder blocks and you’ll find a whole new slew of ways to design with them. The blocks can be stacked to make a large mosaic, or you can just place them around the yard or garden for dispersed decorations.

Adding mosaic tiles to flower pots and planters is really fun. There’s something about it that feels almost therapeutic. You can coordinate the color of the flowers to match or complement the color of the tiles you choose!

If you do this idea, I would choose something a bit more classy and sophisticated. A window box will go on your house (or near it), so you don’t want something that is too flashy or will draw too much attention. A nice simple design is just what you need.

Whether it’s for the birds or just as a decoration, these mosaic birdhouses are absolutely gorgeous! They catch the light, brighten up any space, and even attract birds to your yard. There’s really nothing better, I’d say!

Using PVC pipe or some other similarly shaped object, you can create these outstanding mosaic pillars to place all around your yard or garden. They’re simple, elegant, and give you more space to place plants and flowers.

If you have the space, consider making a mosaic bench for decoration or for use. Either one works. A mosaic bench is a great addition to any garden that needs a little more personality.

I think this idea is just so cute and clever. Mosaic tiki torches look beautiful and add to the intimate feel of your yard or patio. Choose simple colors and shapes to get the best results.

10 of the Most Gorgeous Backyard Waterfall DIY Projects

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This waterfall is a combination of a small stream and a waterfall, actually. This is nice because you can get both features in one build. It also imitates the downhill aspect of a waterfall and stream, which I really like. It makes the water feature seem more natural and in the right spot.

If you don’t have much space to work with but still want a waterfall, try an isolated pond. There won’t be much room to sit around the waterfall, but it still looks good and gets that nice relaxing sound we all love. This works well on the side of the house or in a small yard.

My favorite part about this is the log that comes over the top. It makes it feel like a really naturally-occurring waterfall. Not all water features have to seem like they’d really be found in nature, but this one does a great job of that. It proves you can make your own waterfall and still have it look natural.

I look at this waterfall and I just think “Zen.” It seems so calm and relaxing to me. I can almost smell the cool air and feel the water lightly splash against my feet. If you need a place to relax and unwind, this is definitely the waterfall to build.

This high-tiered waterfall is very elegant and classy. It takes a bit more know-how to build, but don’t let that intimidate you! The rocky border around the edges of the waterfall really helps complete the whole experience and look.

This lily pond waterfall feature reminds me of the sprawling backyard of an English cottage. It just seems so cute and quaint. This would be my choice if I was going for a water feature I could spend time with my friends around.

Just because you have a small backyard or garden doesn’t mean you can’t have a waterfall. This one is really small, but it still gets the job done. The waterfall may be tiny, but the grass and greenery around it make the who feature perfect.

A central and elevated waterfall is great for a large yard or garden. It can be seen from the entire space, and the water creates a unifying element to the lawn. Not only that, but the sound of the rushing water will be great background noise for fantastic dinner conversation, I’m sure!

Here’s a waterfall idea that’s a bit more modern and fun! It’s a bamboo structure where the water falls out of the top. It’s not a natural-looking waterfall, but I still love it. The bamboo really makes it look nice.

Dryer and browner climates can try this waterfall that builds on a rock foundation. There’s not much greenery required to spruce up the area, so you don’t have to worry about maintenance and upkeep. But the water feature is still astounding.

11 Cleverly Creative Rain Chain Ideas

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Take your old spoons and bend them around to get this fantastic rain chain! You can work in some forks, if you want, but I think the spoons create a really great chain. You can get it so the water splashes off them playfully!

There are about a dozen or so ways to make a rain chain out of terracotta pots. You can use pretty much any size you want, and the pots work well. Make sure to drill holes through the bottom to drain properly. You can also use whatever color you want.

Copper rings are a simple yet effective product to make a rain chain with. The link together incredibly easily, and the water will flow right down them. Make the chain as long or as short as you need.

For a more decorative approach, try this. Wrap some rocks in wire and then make a urban jungle type rain chain. The metal wire and the natural rocks go together really well, especially when rain is running down them.

This ceramic rain chain is so creative and unique. You can take your own approach to it, but it’s a great idea. I love the shape and the different colors that come into play with this decoration idea.

Funnels are, well, perfect for a rain chain. Because they funnel the water down. You’ll just need a chain or wire to attach them all, but that’s not too hard to find.

For a more rustic and natural approach, use pinecones. I would suggest artificial pinecones because they’ll stay together longer, but it’s up to you. The pinecones make the chain look great and don’t attract too much attention.

Lanterns can be converted to make a really artsy and cute rain chain. Space them evenly so the water can run down them and that’s about it. I like to use just one type of lantern, but you can do what works best for you.

Plants are a really creative and clever way to make a rain chain. You’ll need to make sure to position them correctly so the water doesn’t flood the plant out, but it does work. Artificial plants are also a great way to accomplish this design.

Rustic décor is just one of the many materials you can use to make a rain chain. You can really just find whatever you want and string them together to make a rain chain. It’s always nice if there’s a theme (like rustic), but that’s ultimately your decision.

A simple chain can’t be underestimated. It works, it’s easy to make, and it doesn’t take much time or money. You can’t beat that. And it definitely gets the job done!

5 Fantastic Ways to Use Rock Mulch in Your Yard

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Putting a smaller and darker rock mulch ring inside of a larger amount of rock mulch looks really good. I know it may seem strange, but it’s actually really nice. Choose colors that contrast but that complement one another. That way you’ll get a really clean-looking line between the two.

Coordinate the color of your rock mulch with the plants in your yard/garden and the color of your home. You don’t want brown rock mulch with a navy house; it would just seem strange. If you can get your home, plants, and mulch all coordinating and complementing one another, then you’re on the right path.

Remember, when it comes to rock mulch, there’s not just a one-size-fits-all approach. In fact, you should try to mix the rock sizes that you use. It will add another layer of texture and depth to your yard and garden, which makes it more interesting. Play around with a few different sized rocks and see what you like most.

Make a border for your plants and rock mulch. Some people just kind of let the mulch peter out as it reaches the grass, but I don’t think that’s a good idea. By making a border, you create crisp lines to divide up your yard and make things seem a lot neater and more organized.

Just because you’re using rock mulch doesn’t mean all the other types of mulch are off limits. You can actually often combine rock mulch with other types of mulch to get a really diversified. For example, bark and rock mulch usually always complement each other!

6 Foolproof Ways to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

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Before you get butterflies in your garden, you need to attract and foster caterpillars. The best way to do that is by providing them with foliage that they like to eat. For example, plant milkweed to attract caterpillars that will eventually turn into monarch butterflies.

This may seem a bit obvious, but don’t use chemically harsh insecticides on your garden. I know you want to treat for bad insects, but the insecticides can accidentally kill butterflies too. Instead, try a less harmful but still potent organic or natural insecticide.

Create a puddling area in your garden that will bring butterflies to your yard. A puddling area is pretty much a safe place the butterflies can go to get water and necessary minerals. What you do is put some sand or gravel in a shallow container and then add water. The butterflies will be attracted to it and come to your garden!

I also suggest leaving out pieces of fruit that the butterflies can feast on. You can spread them all around your garden or put them in one small area near the plants you want the butterflies to pollinate. The sugary syrups from the fruit attract the butterflies to your garden.

Talk to your local nursery and figure out what local plants you can grow to bring native butterflies. This is good on multiple levels. It encourages local growth and butterfly development, it makes gardening easier (since the plants are used to the climate), and it keeps gardening in the local sphere. This is like buying from the farmer’s market, but for your garden.

Make sure the plants you want pollinated are in full sun. Butterflies like to pollinate in the sun, so if your plants are in the sun, then they’re more likely to be pollinated. If you have potted plants, consider moving them in order to maximize on the sun.

12 Amazing Pathways for Your Yard and Garden

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Don’t spend any money and make this pathway out of an old garden pallet. You can use the slabs of wood for the steps to create a boardwalk in your yard. Paint and coat the wood if you want them to last longer or look a different color.

This log slices pathway is incredibly gorgeous. I love the texture it creates while also adding color and depth to the yard. For a rustic look, this is definitely the path to choose.

Flagstone is a common pathway for your yard. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Flagstone looks great in nearly any backyard, and the options are limitless.

Brick is one of my favorite types of pathways. You can choose any design you like, and it will always look classy. These brick paths remind me of simpler times. The color contrasts with the grass and greenery for a dazzling effect.

Lay in some diamond-shaped stones to add a unique touch to your yard. They work well for getting around without being your bland and boring pathway. The diamond-shape really gives the yard some personality.

This moss-and-stone pathway is just so fun. It reminds me of those old cottages you see in Ireland and Scotland. It provides a sense of privacy and intimacy that the other pathways just can’t offer.

Make your own mosaic pathway for a really fun DIY project. You can even get your kids involved, if you wanted. The mosaic can be as simple or complex as you’d like; it’s your choice!

Don’t underestimate the simple elegance of a gravel pathway with raised edge. The border is necessary because it prevents the gravel from spreading out, but it also gives the path a really crisp and clean look. Choose colors that complement each other well.

Stepping stones are a classic approach to your garden pathway. There are lots of options and ideas, even DIY ones, so your possibilities are endless. Combine them with soft grass to get a pathway everyone will love using.

I think this inverse path is such a genius idea! It just is so cute and quaint. You have the grass be the pathway and then the stones and other features be the sight to see. Isn’t that fun?

Go for a more modern feel with this pebbles and rectangular stepping stones idea. This is especially good in hot climate areas where grass is too hard to grow and maintain. You can do it anywhere you want, though.

If you have a hill in your yard or a slope that needs a pathway, try this. It’s a simple and rustic idea that gets the job done. These wooden stairs combine with the stone/rock steps to create a beautiful scene in your yard.