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Common Gardening Issues and Solutions

Having a garden nowadays is a true blessing. Many people live in small apartments, surrounded by the many items they own, without a glimpse of personal space for fun and rest. The people who live in the suburbs are practically blessed, because they have big houses with lots of space, a garage for their cars and a big back or front yard, where they can put a table, some chairs and spend the hot summer days in there. And some smart people even grow different fruits and vegetables they like. This is an amazing and very peaceful way to spend your free time. But having a garden of your own also has some very serious downsides. The biggest one is that the entire place is very high maintenance, and it requires lots of attention to detail. There are just too many things which can go wrong. This is why I've gathered this list with common gardening issues and solutions, which should help you deal with the situation.

Moles. The moles may look cute and innocent at first sight, but they are actually one of the biggest pests of the underground kingdom. They are almost completely blind, they live inside the soil, and they quite often damage the roots of our plants while they move. The main reason moles come to a garden is because they are looking for their favourite food. If you have moles in your backyard, this probably means that you have white grubs too. They eventually turn into Japanese beetles, which is the main thing moles eat. If you get rid of the white grubs, the moles will eventually leave your garden, looking for a better place with food. And you can get rid of this unpleasant larva by spraying it with a simple pest repellent. They should disappear in a day or so.

Insect pests. As you know, there are many kinds of insect pests, which can attack your garden, looking for food and shelter from the hot and sunny weather. And unfortunately, the plants in your garden can provide them both food and shelter. The treatment here is different depending on the kind of insect you have. And there are many – ants, wasps, stinkers, beetles, flies, and many others. Each one has its own poison, so you should probably turn to some garden maintenance experts for advice what to use in your case. Just make sure you've tried all the natural methods to deal with the problem before you try chemicals.

Weeds. The weeds can be annual or perennial, but in both cases they are stubborn and hard to remove. Some weeds spread using seeds and some by using their roots, which makes them very difficult to deal with. Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent them from growing – you just need to use a pre-emergent in spring and in fall. This way your garden will be protected from weeds for the whole year. If you like the old fashioned way, you can also try to dig them out, but some of the roots or seeds still get inside the ground and will grow back after some time. There are also some chemicals, which can prevent weeds from growing, but they are very unhealthy. The best natural way to prevent weeds is by spreading some mulch around your plants. It will suffocate the weeds inside the ground and they won't grow back.

Mildew. If you notice a powdery mildew on some of your leafs, it means that your plant has been infected by a fungus of some kind, and unless you do something to prevent it, it will spread all over your garden. This is why you need to remove all the infected leafs and throw them away in the garbage. Don't throw them into the compost, because this way you will only help the spores spread. You should also treat all the infected plants with a nature friendly fungicide, to make sure that the infection is gone.

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