Before you start planting seeds in your garden or even start preparing the soil, you have to clear the garden patch. There could be various undesired plants and sometimes even small animals gathering in your garden that can damage or kill new plants. Instead of dragging out the garden clearance process over weeks, you can do finish it quickly with the following tips.
How to Clear Weeds
To clear weeds, you can do any of the following:
How to Clear Moss
Moss is another problem that beginners have to face before gardening because poor drainage and compacted soil gives moss enough ground to hold on to. If there is an abundance of overgrowth, the moss will be protected from sunlight and will grow even better. Highly acidic soil also keeps moss up and flourishing even though it kills grass and other such weeds.
To kill moss, you need to do the following:
How to Clear Slugs
Garden slugs are another brand of pest that eat away leaves. So these must be controlled before you start planting your precious saplings.
To get rid of slugs, you can try making a trap. Take a large, brightly colored cup and fill it with a mixture of honey, yeast and warm water. This will create a gluey mixture that will trap the slugs and keep them in.
Another method is to lure the slugs with cabbage leaves or moist orange rinds into a large jar that is left to rest on its side. This attracts the slugs and they come to settle in this jar. Place the jars all over the garden and collect all the slugs. Once done, discard them in a park or a long way from home.
Winter Garden Clearance
At the end of fall, the weather undergoes harsh changes which can negatively affect your garden. So it is necessary to condition your garden and clear it in a way that causes minimum impact. It also minimizes pest infestation and diseases. Before winter sets in, remove all dead leaves and plant parts in which fungal spores can accumulate and start growing in the spring. The compost you have so far produced should be spread on top of the plants that live throughout the winter to provide them with nourishment. To make sure this nourishment is not divided amongst weeds, spread a generous layer of weed killer on top of the compost pile.
For vegetable plants, start clearing the beds as soon as the last produce before winter has been collected. You can preserve bulbs by digging them up, snipping off the leaves and drying for a few days. Now store them in a paper bag until they can be re-planted in spring. Any plant that will not survive the winter must be kept indoors, in a warm environment.