Keeping Pests out of your Garden when Spring Arrives

Keeping Pests out of your Garden when Spring Arrives

As the weather gets colder, you may not be thinking about bugs and rodents. After all, how do pests even make it through the winter in such cold temperatures? One thing is for certain, once springtime hits, they’re back. It’s bad enough to have pests in the yard and garden, let alone having spiders and other bugs inside the house. In this case, a pest control service may be your best option. For your garden, here are three do-it-yourself ideas for keeping pests away. 1. Spice it Up! Surprisingly, some common spices can be excellent insect deterrents for gardens. Garlic and hot peppers, for instance, create an unappealing flavor for various leaf-munchers. Simply blend up a bulb of garlic with a hot pepper (or sauce) and mix it with about a cup of water. Strain out the chunks and use the liquid in a regular spray bottle to cover the leaves you wish to protect from bugs. Viola! 2. Save the Squash One of the most frequent (and frustrating) parts of growing squash, grapes, and other similar plants is getting powdery mildew on the leaves. It’s basically a white, sticky fungus that looks nasty and spreads to other leaves and attracts different pests. In short, you don’t want it anywhere near your produce. The easiest recipe to rid your plants of powdery mildew is a mixture of milk and soap. It may sound strange, but it has worked wonders for garden plants. Use ¼ cup of milk and a few drops of dish soap, double or triple the mix if you have many plants affected. Use a spray bottle...

Permaculture – A Style for any Season

Anyone who has looked into creating their own garden in the last few years has likely heard about the emergence of Permaculture. According to an article in Care2 Healthy Living, it was first invented in the 1970s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison who were working together on planting theory at the University of Tasmania. These two men started a new movement in landscaping, where landscapers would work with nature, rather than against it. It allows you to see your home as a part of the local environment, rather than something that sticks out from it. Today, Permaculture’s design principles can be employed to utilize your home for an almost unlimited variety of purposes. Harter Landscaping is now embracing this movement as well and can be relied upon to prepare your home for your own permaculture design. You would just need to provide us with your design plan and we will do everything possible to make it happen. We delight ourselves in taking on unusual projects and are always eager to hear your ideas. You can easily reach us with a quick phone call and we would be happy to provide your project with a free estimate. The original article can be found here:...

Spring Is Here- Time To Improve Your Landscape

Spring is here, which means that you can now begin enjoying the outside again. However, making sure that your home is the perfect place for outdoor relaxation is not always easy. Luckily, we offer a variety of landscaping services which can make your house the center of the community. We are now offering a variety of masonry services, which range from setting up retaining walls to perfecting your driveway. We can also help you complete your dream project, such as that Japanese Rock Garden that you’ve been imagining for the last few years. We offer the highest quality craftsmanship at great prices, so you can be sure that your home is getting the improvement that it deserves. If you are unsure of how you want to spruce up your building, we offer free consultations which are just a phone call away. We can make suggestions for several structures which can improve the look, feel and resale value of your humble abode. With the coming of spring, now is the time to make sure that your residence blossoms with the flowers. Now is the time to really bring your home into the season. In fact, the only limit to what we can build for you is your...