Summer Party Tip – Yard & Garden hacks!

My lawn isn’t in the best of shape. But, according to my neighbor, it’s in better shape than it was before we moved in.

There’s definitely a bit of “keeping up with the Joneses” in our new neighborhood. A lot of the yards are in great shape, many of them have monthly treatments from various lawn & garden services.

I decided to take the plunge this year and I’m definitely planning on some major landscaping projects next spring.

If you’re looking to take better care of your lawn & garden, here’s a few “hacks” you can try:

  1. Use newspaper to block weeds. Instead of spending money on pricey weed-blocking cloth, just take newspaper and spread it out where you’re hoping to block weeds and/or start a new garden bed. Place dirt, mulch or those grass clippings on top to keep the newspaper in place and to smother those weeds!
  2. Spray cooking spray on your lawn mower. Want to keep clumps of grass from clinging to your mower blades? Try applying cooking spray on the blades before using.
  3. Make a sharp surface to keep critters out of your gardens by sticking plastic forks in the ground with the tines up. Or, you can collect pine cones & use those instead.
  4. Mix a natural critter repellant. Some experts recommend sprinkling coffee grounds in your garden to keep critters at bay. Bonus: coffee grounds act as a natural fertilizer.
  5. Keep your roses healthy with milk Roses are susceptible to unsightly fungus, in the form of blotches on leaves. The answer is in your fridge. Take half a cup of milk and add it to a cup of water in a spray bottle. Then spray the watered-down milk onto your rose leaves to kill spotting fungus!
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Brian Simpson

Unapologetic fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins & Celtics. Lover of powerful, dark beers. Married with NO kids. Ever. Lover of doggos. Not so much cats.

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