How to Prevent Damage to Your Garden

Maintaining a healthy garden can be a considerable time commitment, requiring ongoing care and attention to detail to ensure a suitable growing environment for plants. And while spring is the time to prep soil and plant, summer months bring new challenges, as animals and inclement weather can disrupt your garden's progression.
 
Keep plants thriving and in their best condition with these tips on how to prevent damage to your garden.

 

Be mindful of weather conditions.

With high winds, extreme temperatures and heavy rainfall, severe weather can break plants, flood soil and, in extreme cases, deplete your garden altogether. However, you can put plans into place to help your garden fight such conditions. If you live in a location that typically experiences heavy rainfall, consider installing a drain system in your garden to alleviate water buildup. If your climate is hot or is prone to heat waves, it's best to water plants in the early morning to allow water to reach roots and lessen the chance being scorched by the sun.

Install a fence.

Though it can be time-intensive and costly to install, a fence is an effective barrier you can establish around your garden to prevent pests and animals from intruding. Fences should be around 8 feet in height, so they can be inserted deep into the ground, preventing animals like rabbits from digging beneath it. Chicken wire, rabbit fencing or hardware cloth are all good options for constructing your fence. When installing, use a square transfer shovel to outline the frame of the fence around your garden.

Place netting around plants.

If you'd rather opt for a temporary barrier, netting is another type of material you can use and place around plants to keep deer, rabbits, insects and birds from feeding off your garden. First, install corner posts around your garden (to secure the netting around), spacing them about 15 feet apart, and then hammer into the soil. Attach the netting to the posts so that it cages your garden by using wire or a staple gun, then pull netting tightly to create a sturdy barrier.

Deter animals with plants.

There's no question animals see gardens as a food source; however, there are some vegetables and herbs that won't interest pests. Herbs like basil, parsley and mint can repel rabbits from entering your garden, and asparagus, onions, garlic and squash are crops deer typically stay away from.

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®
May 2017