Gardening tips 2022 — Expert reveals how to keep squirrels out of garden with simple $4 grocery item

A GARDENER advised cayenne pepper as a way to protect your flowers and plants from pests.

Cayenne pepper is a popular ingredient in spicy sauces. It can be used to enhance the flavor of dishes, but it’s also used as an ingredient. A powerful pest exterminatorAccording to experts,

Critters like squirrels and raccoons dislike the spice.

They will likely get shocked if they try to eat pepper-covered leaf from your garden.

Squirrel-repellents are temporary. However, if you have precious plants, protecting them with wire mesh or screening will keep them out of reach for longer periods of time.

Discount retailers may sell bulk cayenne pepper flakes or powdered cayenne spice.

According to Mike’s Backyard Flower NurseryOther scents that deter squirrels are mothballs, peppermint and garlic.

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  • Row covers can be used to keep squirrels from your garden

    For squirrel-proofing in your garden, install bird netting, row covers or chicken wire. Line the bottom soil with hardware cloth. Master Class says.

    These methods will keep squirrels from the plants and allow for sunlight and watering.

  • Mothballs can be used to keep squirrels from your garden.

    Squirt repellants can also be made from a scent that is disagreeable among people.

    Mothballs can be used to discourage squirrels from your plants, or on the soil in potted plants. Master Class recommends.

    It is a good idea to replace them every few weeks or whenever the fragrance stops working.

  • How to keep squirrels out your garden: Hot peppers

    Capsaicin is a compound found in chili peppers that repels squirrels.

    Sprinkle some cayenne pepperTo repel squirrels, sprinkle chili pepper flakes, hot sauce or spicy sauce on top.

    Grow fiery chili peppers instead—the squirrels won’t touch the plant.

  • More tips on watering your plants

    To prevent your plant’s leaves from burning, try to water just the soil, where the roots of the plants are.

    Experts also advise watering your plants in the morning so that if the leaves do get wet, they can dry out with the help of the sun during the day.

    The possibility of getting disease can be caused by wet foliage.

  • Don’t forget to water your plants

    Always check the soil before watering your plants.

    To check if soil is dry below its surface, push your hand down into the dirt.

    You can wait until it dries out before watering.

    To keep your plants healthy and happy, make sure they have enough water.Credit: Getty Images – Getty, Paul Bradbury
  • Experts on straw

    “Straw in the garden is best used like a mulch,” horticulture expert Eric De Boer told Homes and Gardens.

    The material acts “as a barrier to protect from weed germination and to also help shield the soil from the sun to increase the soil’s water retention.”

    Another expert in plant care told the outlet that straw is a great way to preserve your plants’ longevity.

    “‘Straw is a natural weed suppressor. It will help keep weeds from growing in the garden while also conserving moisture,”Brody Hall is a certified horticulturist from The Indoor Nursery and a land manager.

  • Straw is a great way to keep weeds at bay

    According to horticulturists and plant professionals, all-natural straw is one of the most effective tools to bring into your garden.

    You don’t need to buy a whole bale – you can typically buy smaller bundles at your local farm store for upwards of $2.

    Pre-portioned bags for gardening are available at some hardware stores. They can be purchased on shelves or online, and can often cost less than $15.

  • How to use garden lime for killing weeds

    The experts at Balcony Garden Web advised to: “Spread lime using a spreader if your soil doesn’t have a calcium to magnesium ratio of 7 to 1.”

    The best way to figure out if your garden could benefit from lime is to have a soil test done by state Cooperative Extension offices, according to Better Homes and Gardens

    Simply follow their soil-sample collection directions and you’ll receive all kinds of information back about the conditions of your garden, including its calcium and magnesium levels.

  • $4 weed killer

    According to the experts, the secret to a weed-free garden and lawn is lime, and no, it’s not the kind you eat.

    Lime is used for gardens is made from crushed-up limestone, rock, or dolomite, and when applied to soil, it raises the pH level, making the soil less acidic.

    Lime also contains magnesium and calcium, which are vital for a healthy garden.

    It’s actually the lack of calcium in soil that provides the condition for weeds to thrive in.

  • Gardener shares Astrantia Major bloom

    A gardener on Twitter shared the flower of an Astrantia Major, which bloomed in her garden.

    “The flowers are so intricate and delicate looking but it’s a tough plant that is easy to grow and self seeds readily in my garden,”She wrote.

  • How to use sugar in lawn

    Expert Jordan Page said you don’t have to be precise and use a spreader, but instead, she recommended using an old juice container with a wide mouth to shake out the sugar.

    She advised that you can’t use “too much” sugar, but typically you will want to use a 5-pound bag for every one thousand feet of lawn.

    Page also recommended applying sugar several times during your first year of the process to help make up for years of chemical damage.

    After applying the sugar, she said to simply wet down your lawn.

  • Sugar can be used to save hundreds

    Expert Jordan Page — the “Fun Cheap or Free Queen” — revealed how she uses sugar to keep her lawn greener than ever.

    Rather than spend somewhere around $300-$500 on weeding and fertilizers, you can use white table sugar to solve many of your lawn’s problems.

    Typically costing around $4, sugar is both super cheap and super easy to apply to your lawn.

    Sugar is not only good for your grass, but it can also help the environment.

  • Sugar can be substituted for fertilizer

    Sugar helps feed the beneficial microbes, insects, and worms within the grass, which would usually be killed by fertilizer.

    These microbes and insects help to improve the soil structure, increase photosynthesis, and provide resistance to extreme climates.

  • How pool noodles can benefit your garden

    A garden pro named Jamie, who goes by @mama.jmarie on TikTok, loves the look of oversized planters.

    These giant pots, however, are sometimes hard to fill so that the flowers stand tall enough.

    Jamie said she has an easy solution— and it only requires one Dollar Tree purchase.

    “For those large flower pots, use pool noodles to take up extra space,”She spoke as she cut up pieces of foam noodle, and placed them at the bottom.

    “This also provides drainage for your plants.”

  • Green onions should be replanted

    Green onions are a great way to practice your kitchen scrap gardening skills.

    Re-plant the onion’s white end in potting soil, leaving its roots intact.

    According to the publication you need to place it in a sunny spot and water it regularly.

    It takes less than two weeks before the plant is tall enough to be trimmed and added to your next meal.

  • Use kitchen scraps to grow your own food

    The kitchen scraps you usually toss in the trash can actually be used to grow your own food, according to a gardening expert. 

    The following is an example of an online posting: gardening experts at Farmer’s Almanac say you can build a surprisingly robust garden by regrowing vegetable scraps into plants.

    “Kitchen scrap gardening is the ultimate in recycling,” the Farmer’s Almanac writes. 

    “It’s environmentally friendly, can save on grocery bills, and it’s a fun, hands-on science lesson for young children.”

    Periodicals include information on how to bloom them into full-grown vegetables, as well as tips for how you can use kitchen scraps.

  • Hanging a water bottles

    Hanging a plastic container over your plants could be another way to make slow-release watering systems.

    Simply take a bottle, pierce tiny holes in the bottom half and then enclose the bottle in a sock – other fabric should work just as fine.

    You can then hang this above your plant by securing it to a stick that rests inside of your plant pot – but make sure it’s done so securely.

    As with the ‘magic’The plants will be able to receive water from the ground by using this method.

  • You can water your plants with ‘magic’Water bottle trick

    Experts in gardening have suggested that a water bottle made of plastic can be used as an eco-friendly watering container.

    “Using a plastic water bottle to create a simple, yet effective, watering system is a great solution to repurpose an item that could otherwise end up in a landfill,” expert Sara Dixon said.

    To make the irrigation system, simply poke holes in the water bottle and cover it with a sock or another piece of fabric before burying it inside of the planter – with the opening visible at the top of the soil.

    These small holes will allow the bottle to act as a slow watering system.

  • Best plants for your first garden

    A plant expert at InsiderThe six best plants to grow in your garden are listed below.

    • Ferns
    • Carrots
    • Pansies
    • Successful
    • Tomatoes
    • Hydrangeas
  • Leave space between beds

    To ensure that your garden is easy to tend, leave a minimum of two feet between the raised beds.

    “People don’t think about the fact that they have to come through and work on these gardens and then they get annoyed and then they stop working on the beds,” gardening expert Kevin Espiritu explained.

  • Mulching helps to maintain a healthy garden

    Mulch can be used as an organic cover over your soil. It protects the soil from moisture.

    Mulching reduces the amount that you should water your plants, so it’s important to get it right.

    Mulch should be added to any raised or other type of bed.

    A shredded straw, or composted wooden chips can be used.

  • It is important to invest in quality products

    Espiritu noted, too, that good soil is crucial for maintaining a productive garden.

    “If you’re going to invest in something, you should invest in your soil,”The expert agreed.

    “You don’t go buy a nice quality raised bed and try to grow plants in that system with crappy soil. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”

  • Avoid these mistakes when planting a raised vegetable garden

    It can seem overwhelming to start a raised garden. But Youtuber Kevin Espiritu shared his tips.VideoThis will hopefully prevent you from making common mistakes.

    It is crucial that the garden be in a good location. Gardeners must ensure that the sun is facing their plants in order for them to get enough sunlight.

    Gardeners should also be sure that their gardens are getting the proper amount of water – and an irrigation system is important.

  • Flattening a bumpy grass, conclusion

    Fill the uneven patches using a hard-bristled brush to create a level surface, and water them well to encourage new grass to grow.

    Finally, sow some fresh grass seeds on any areas that are bare and need re-covering.

    Distribute more on the areas that are scarce or on the lumps that are torn up.

    Place grass seeds on a sunny, warm day in spring and water them regularly after they are sown.

  • Continue reading to learn how to flatten a bumpy grass.

    Make sure to water the areas well to encourage new grass to grow to create a seamless finish.

    For larger lumps and bumps, you’ll need a few extra tools.

    Start by mowing the lawn and then use a rake to uplift thatch (clumps of dead grass) and other organic matter.

    Once you’ve removed uneven patches, top-dress them with sand and soil using a 40:60 ratio.

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