Having a manicured lawn can give your home great curb appeal. Unfortunately, pesky pests and unsightly weeds can ruin the look that you are trying to create if they are not dealt with quickly. The guide below walks you through a few helpful tips to get the beautiful yard you want with as little hassle as possible.
Create a Barrier in Your Flowerbed
Laying mulch in a flowerbed can give it a very finished look. When you lay mulch, weeds can sometimes pop up through the mulch, creating an overgrown mess. To avoid having any weeds grow in your mulch, create a barrier before you lay the mulch in the flowerbed. Use newspaper to create the barrier by laying over the entire flowerbed. You want to be sure that you overlap the piece so that there are no openings for weeds to pop through. You can trim the paper as needed to make it easier to go around any flowers or plants you have planted in the flowerbed. Once the paper is in place, cover it with the mulch. You should not have any issues with weeds popping up in your flowerbed after the barrier has been put in place.
Create a Raised Flowerbed
If you live in an area that does not have fertile ground, having a beautiful flowerbed can be difficult. Yards that have clay, sand, or simply hard ground can be difficult to plan in. Fortunately, creating a raised flowerbed provides you with the ability to create a surface that plants can easily grow in. Simply purchase paving stones to create a border wherever you want the flowerbed to be located. Make sure the border is roughly half a foot high. Fill the area with rich soil and then plant the flowers in the space. The raised bed creates a few inches of soil for the flowers to use to take root and thrive.
Use Herbs and Spices to Deter Pests
There are many herbs and spices that can be used to deter pests from your flowerbed. Sprinkle red pepper flakes around any bird baths or bird feeders to keep squirrels away. Plant lavender and marigolds in the flowerbed to keep mosquitoes from biting you as you do your gardening. Chop the rinds of lemons, oranges, and limes and sprinkle them in the soil of your flowerbed to keep cats, squirrels, and even dogs out of the space because the smell serves as a great deterrent for them.
After hours of hard work and effort, you do not want your flowerbed to be ruined by weeds or pests. The three simple tips provided above will ensure that your flowerbed looks as great as it possibly can for as long as possible. To learn more, contact a company like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies.