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 Use scent to deter foxes


Foxes have a very strong sense of smell and will eat almost anything. Gardens with chickens or rabbits, or bird feeders, accessible pots, and crops are particularly attractive. You can use some scents to deter foxes, they are said to dislike the smell of chilies and garlic, so pour boiling water and spray your garden as a fox repellant. Other animal repellents are available, but be aware of the risk to other wildlife and always read the manufacturers' instructions carefully. If a territory is marked by a fox, it will take some effort to move them, and if they feel their territory is being threatened, they may increase the amount of marking.

Home garden - Plants That Can Repel Flies

 6 Fragrant Plants That Can Repel Flies Summer and spring are the time for great outdoor activities like picnics or grilling for family and friends. Unfortunately, such outdoor activities attract pesky bugs, one of life's little annoyances. There are many skin sprays and clothing to protect you from them, but the use of toxic chemicals is frowned upon by many. Don't worry, there are some fragrant plants that not only repel flies effectively but are also attractive to look at. Here are 6 fragrant plants that can repel flies. Planting these plants throughout your home has many benefits. Apart from keeping flies away with their special scent, they also display some beautiful flowers to make your landscapes more attractive. Other plants are actually edible, so add them to your savory dishes. 1 Lavender Lavender offers a sweet fragrance and small purple flowers that make it ideal for decoration. Apart from flies, it is often grown for its qualities to repel insects such

Attract colorful and happy songbirds to your yard

 Here's how to attract colorful and happy songbirds to your yard Part of the beauty of any landscape is the fascinating wildlife that inhabits it, including beautiful songbirds. Wrens, cardinals, swallows, nuthatches, and more are some of their favorite native plants and will fill your garden with their sweet songs if you provide some water for bathing or drinking. You don't have to follow all these tips to please your winged visitors; Choose what works best for your landscape (some of which you may already be doing), and in no time your garden will become a wonderful birding spot. 1. Plant a varied landscape Attracting songbirds to the garden means creating a hard-packed, multi-layered landscape that contains a variety of plants to provide texture and food year-round. When designing and planting beds and borders, think both horizontally and vertically. Includes annuals , perennials , herbs, vegetables , and grasses. 2. Choose the best foods for birds and butterfl

Home Garden - reasons not to trim your garden this fall

 Good reasons not to trim your garden this fall At this time of year, your social media feed is probably filled with articles showing you how to shut down your garden for the winter. By now, I'm sure you and the garden are ready for a much-needed rest. But is it really necessary to clean everything every fall? When that first frost hits, our gardens go from lush greenery to a wasteland of dead and rotting plants. For most of us, this triggers the need to clean it immediately. We go there with garden loppers, a rake, and a wheelbarrow ready to remove the first snowflake before it falls. And at the end of the day, find a leaf or branch. It's all in the curb or compost pile. Unfortunately, our desire for order and neatness is causing great harm to our garden, local wildlife, and ourselves. Have a cup of tea and read this. By the time you take your last sip, I hope I've convinced you to relax this fall and let your garden do its own thing. Flowers -  begonia 1. Reb

Succulent Facts - care tips you need to know

 Succulents vs. Cacti: What's the Difference? Because low-maintenance, succulent, and indoor-suitable plants such as cacti tend to be tough, many people don't realize that the two actually belong to the same family. What is the difference between a cactus and a fleshy fruit? Yes, they may look very different, but given the fact that they both thrive in dry climates and don't need much water to survive, we shouldn't be surprised that they're related. But the two plants have more in common than their drought tolerance and heat-loving nature. Is a Cactus a Succulent? Succulents are not their own family but are found in about 60 families. Aloe vera, in the cactus family, is one of these families. So all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Cacti are a subsection of a group of plants collectively known as succulents. All succulents are defined as water-storing plants. The word "succulent" comes from the Latin succus, meaning sap

Home Garden - Fall perennials

 Garden's Golden Season: How to Achieve a Spectacular Fall Finale From this Oregon garden's mix of vibrant foliage, green grasses, and late-blooming flowers, see a landscape that comes to life as the weather cools. In their 2-acre sloping yard in St. Helens, Oregon, longtime gardeners Tamara Poulet and David Pinson wanted to create a landscape that's as colorful in fall as it is in spring and summer. "It's easy to push the fall cleaning, but I wanted more," says Ballad. With that in mind, they chose plants and trees that do best late in the season, including Japanese maples, goldenrods, and flowering perennials . They take a laissez-faire approach to feeding birds, rarely deadheading or pruning, and leaving most of the seeds over winter. Lush shrubs and large grasses ensure the planting beds look beautiful all year round. Fall Garden Design Tips In addition to planting for fall color, Ballad and Pinson focus on texture and patterns. The contrastin

Home garden - 8 Tomato plant diseases

8 Tomato plant diseases: Identity, prevent, and treat You can do everything right. You can start your tomato seeds properly, transplant your seedlings at the right time, leave enough space, feed, water, and prune your plants throughout the season - but diseases still occur. Tomatoes seem to have more conditions than any other garden vegetable. It's reassuring to know that even if your plants are susceptible to disease, it usually doesn't kill the plant completely. So, if you act quickly, you are unlikely to lose your plants entirely. It's also important to realize that when your tomato plants have problems, they don't have any disease. In the first part of this article, we will discuss some common tomato diseases. But after that, we'll cover some other tomato plant problems that aren't caused by disease. Some are simply eco-friendly, while others are down to pest infestations. Common tomato plant diseases involve a fungus, a bacteria, or a virus. Fun