Most homeowners work really hard for a perfectly lush, emerald green garden. However, it takes more than just frequent watering and mowing. Garden care requires a continuous dedicated effort consisting of regular maintenance, fertilization and the ability to cope with the problems as they arise. If you want your garden to look lush, thick and green, it is time to think organic.
This means that you need to opt for gardening techniques that involve minimal chemical usage. It is not only a cost effective alternative, but also requires far less maintenance. When growing a 100% organic garden, you need to be careful about your mowing, fertilizing and watering methods, since they are of great importance.
1. Regular mowing
While mowing an organic garden, you must set the mower as high as 4 inches. Longer grass is much healthier and greener than the one that is mowed very close to the ground. Remember, the longer is the grass, the more stamina it will build to fight insects and disease. Longer grass and plants use the extra sugar they contain to augment their growth, which makes the garden as well as the lawn thick and lush.
When it comes to lawns, cool season and warm season grasses are maintained using different methods at different heights. You are recommended to maintain cool seasoned grasses at 4 inches, while the warm season grasses must be maintained at 2 inches.
2. Use natural watering techniques
In the present world, it is not longer advisable to take the water resources for granted. Luckily, there are a few green garden watering methods that not only save a lot of water, but also do a better job at keeping your garden healthy and lush.
- Using a rain barrel
You can collect rainwater from your roof top and use it for watering the garden. It can also be used for washing the car or exterior windows of your house. Using the collected water from rain barrel reduces the demand on municipal water considerably. It is not only chemical free, but also saves you a large sum of money on water bills.
It does not contain harmful chemical that have adverse effects on plants, such as lime, chlorine and calcium. Clean water helps your garden to grow properly and remain greener. Setting up a rain barrel is pretty easy. All you need to do is get a barrel and attach it to the downpipe leading from your roof top. There are a few manufacturers that are selling rain barrels that already set up, making it incredibly easy for you to recycle the water.
- Using Drip Irrigation
This sort of irrigation technique is best for keeping your garden healthy without wasting a single drop of water. Water is given directly to the plant roots via a specially designed hose that contains a large number of tiny holes. Lawns and garden plants absorb water much more efficiently this way, which eliminates the possibility of water evaporation.
Setting up a drip irrigation system is not as daunting as it might seem, and you can do it effortlessly provided that you have some basic gardening skills. You will need a filter, a drip irrigation hose, a timer, and a pressure regulator for making an automatic watering system. A backflow preventer is also necessary to guarantee dirty water is avoided to enter into your usual drinking water.
3. Maintain PH levels
It is necessary for you to have the PH levels of your garden checked every year by an expert. Since PH testing equipment available at most local home and garden stores is not accurate, you need to consult a professional for testing. You need to be very careful about it, because lawn maintenance directly depends on the PH of the soil, and if misunderstood, it can destroy your garden completely. For lawns, the perfect grass PH level is 6.5.
You can add lime to the soil for increasing the PH level if it dips below 6. On the other hand, most gardeners add sulphur to the garden bed to decrease the PH if it increases above 7. You need to keep the PH level of your garden perfect in order to grow plants perfectly and keep it lush and thick.
4. Get rid of pests
Slugs, deer, and other garden obliterating pests are a significant part of the natural world of gardening. However, it doesn’t mean you need to tolerate their presence being a part of your beloved garden. Here are a few tips to keep them away from your plants without employing any sort of harsh chemicals.
- Bring on the Coffee: It is the only beverage that is effective against pests. Coffee grounds can prove to be an excellent addition to your garden. They not only add necessary nitrogen to the ground, but also increase the acidity of the soil for the acid loving plants. Most importantly, there is a wide range of pests that cannot stand coffee. Cats hate coffee; slugs hate coffee; it can be an effective repellent for deer.
- Get rid of insects with the help of organic sprays: There are a number of organic recipes available online that can be used to make insect-repelling sprays for plants. The majority of these formulas have common ingredients, such as hot pepper, garlic cloves, and sometimes the vital oil extract of both. These two things when mixed together work incredibly well for repelling everything that can harm your plants from bunnies to bugs.
- Bait, Deter, and Trap the Slugs: Slugs are considered as the most annoying garden pests. They are sometimes called the veritable ninjas of garden destruction. Unless you are continuously looking for them, since it is very rare to discover slugs in a garden at all, every night they come and feast on your beloved plants. There are a number of ways to deal with the slugs, depending entirely on your choice of killing them or directing them to somewhere else. Coffee is an effective thing to use for getting rid of slugs, since they loathe coffee.