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Category: Gardening tips. | Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:38 pm
Blanket weed is (or was) the bane of my life. My pond seemed to grow the stuff like there was no tomorow!!!
A quick and easy way to deal with it is to buy a cheap, round hairbrush and tie it firmly (with waterproof tape) to the end of a garden cane or similar long piece of wood. Push the hairbrush into the weed and twist round and round. The weed wraps itself neatly around the brush allowing you to remove it completely.
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Category: Gardening tips. | Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:34 pm
Squirrels can be a real pain to the gardener can't they? Oh they look sooooo cute when they're doing acrobatics atop your fence but when they start chewing on your fat, juicy bulbs it's quite a different matter!!! GRRRR.
You'll have to accept that squirrels are here to stay so leave out a few pieces of over - ripe fruit for them as a gesture of goodwill.
Now to your bukbs. The best squirrel deterrent know to man is GRATED SOAP!!! Get the cheapest and strongest smelling you can buy. Poundland do four cakes of nasty smelling stuff for just Â£1. LOL
Squirrela hate the smell too and will avoid it like the plague. Simply grate the soap and sprinkle it over the surface of the soil where your bulbs are planted. You may have to re-apply after rain but a bar of soap is certainly cheap enough and should last you all season.
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A great way to use roofing felt.
Category: Gardening tips. | Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:23 pm
Here's another way to deal with those pesky slugs and snails.
If you are anything like me then you'll have ends of roofing felt rolls in your garden shed. Just the ordinary stuff you re-roofed that same shed with a few months ago remember?
Cut a hole in the middle of a 6" square of the felt, just wide enough to fit round the plant stem. Now cut a sideways slit halfway across. This is so that you can slip the square, like a collar, around the plant.
There are two reasons why this works to deter snails and slugs.
1.) The surface is very rough and hurts their underbellies. Altogether now ..... aaawww poor wittle slugsies and snailses. LOL
2.) They appear to hate the smell of the bitumen glue in the felt, especially on a warm summer's evening and they haven't cottoned on to clothes pegs on their noses yet!!!!!
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Horse hair's a pain.
Category: Gardening tips. | Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:07 pm
Natural slug and snail deterrents are always the best and, yes, horsehair works a treat!!! Stables get rid of huge quantities every week so why not go and scrounge some from them?
Place it in a 4" diameter ring around slug/snail susceptible plants and weigh down with stones. Ensure that the stones don't form a 'brigde' though for those slimey pests.
Slugs and snails can't travel over horsehair because the hair is an irritant and the grease in it reacts with their slime and burns their bellies. Aaawww what a shame. (snigger)
Have you ever seen a horse covered in snails or slugs? No!!! Well there you are then. LOL
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