As any gardener knows, gardens require a lot of maintenance and attention. Keeping plants and soil healthy while promoting growth takes dedication, but to many, it’s a passion.
In addition to the maintenance of the plants, it’s important to also keep your garden safe from weather, intruders (such as weeds, pests, or animals), and anything else that can potentially harm your garden. Intruders are eager to take a piece (or two) of the garden you’ve built, and can easily devastate hard work without proper protection.
Luckily, there are a few easy ways you can keep your garden safe. Building walls, using various methods of pest control, and planning for the weather are just a few methods of protection. To see how you can do this, keep reading!
3 Basic Ways to Keep Your Garden Safe
Remove access from intruders
There are a few ways you can build fencing around your garden to keep intruders out. Wooden fences, chicken wire, overhead covers, and garden beds are just a few types of barriers you can use to remove outside access to your garden.
These barriers come in a variety of materials. Different materials cost different prices, and some barriers are more labor-intensive to install than others. The type of intruders you commonly deal with will help determine what type of fencing you need. Pests that are able to dig under fences can be blocked by installing fences deep into the ground while flying pests can be blocked by a cover.
Use methods of pest control
Pest control can be successful in deterring bugs from your garden. Some insects can do considerable damage to any plants you have and are harder to keep out with just a fence or barrier. In worst-case scenarios, once pests have arrived, they can be extremely difficult to handle. Additionally, they can destroy plants or even gardens if you aren’t careful.
If you don’t want to use pesticides in your garden, you can install different types of traps to keep insects away from your plants. Ladybug houses are another great option to help deter insects, as ladybugs eat some of the most common plant-destroying insects.
In addition to the natural options, you can use pest control sprays and other insecticides to keep insects away from your garden. While some gardeners prefer to use more organic pest control solutions, there are still a variety of pesticides available for use in your garden. Use whichever method you prefer to keep your garden safe!
Watch out for the weather
Weather can be sometimes unpredictable, but there are preventative measures you can take to minimize any damage from harsh climatic conditions. You’ll want to prevent any erosion of soil by using mulch or gravel around your garden from heavy rains, and staking any taller plants to help reduce breakage from the wind.
You can also protect your plants by creating shade in the case of extreme heat, using barriers and covers such as buckets to protect plants from heavy wind, rain, and hail, water your plants in advance in the event of extreme cold and use plastic to cover large amounts of plants.
The more effort you put into protective measures for your garden, the safer your plants will be in the event of harsh weather or intrusions of pests. Most of the time, the type of protection needed varies depending on where you live, as that can affect the type of weather and pests that are common in your area.
No protection, however, and your garden is at risk of being damaged or destroyed. As mentioned above, gardening takes dedication, so don’t put your time and effort to waste by not protecting or trying to keep your garden safe.