How To Get Rid Of Moss In Lawns

May 3, 2017 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Moss growing in lawns

Why Do We Have Moss In Lawns And How To Get Rid Of Them? Mosses are small nonvascular plants which grow as dense green coloured clumps in the damp or shady areas. The plant has tiny green leaves which absorb water and nutrients and thread like stem. These plants are easy to spot. They can appear as green mats on rocks, wood, bare soil or on any surface with moist and shady conditions. Moss is seen more so in the winter months. If Moss starts to appear in your lawn, it is an indication of poor growing conditions for the grass in the lawn. The common Causes The common causes of the appearance of Moss in lawn includes Lack of proper nutrients in the soil. Inadequate site preparation. Low level of soil pH. Shady conditions. Poor water drainage. Excessive watering. Poor lawn maintenance. Close mowing of lawn. Overuse of walkways and play areas, resulting in worn areas. Compacted soil. Acidic soil conditions. It is necessary to understand the cause and take care of the causes in order to control or prevent the growth of Moss in the lawn. Proper lawn maintenance is necessary to maintain the health of the lawn.
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Types Of Organic Fertilisers Nutrient Value

October 21, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Most common organic manures for organic gardening are from cows horses pigs and chooks

What Is Organic Fertilisers And What’s In Them? Organic fertilisers are produced from naturally occurring plant and animal substances. Different organic fertilisers help to add different nutrients required by the plants or crops in to the soil. Depending on the type of plants and depending on the type of soil you may need different fertilisers. Most of the manure derived from animal faeces and decomposed plants are good organic fertilisers. These fertilisers condition the soil, provide nutrients and improve water retention. Types of manures There are three main types of organic fertilisers or manures Green manure- Fresh plants like peas, grasses, mucuna, calapagonium, etc., are added to the soil by ploughing. Leguminous plants are often used for this purpose as the root nodules of the plants contain nitrogen fixing bacteria. Seaweeds and spent grain from brewing industry are also used as green manure. Farmyard manure – This manure mainly consists of faeces of cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, poultry, etc. Farm yard manure also contains the urine of farm animals and plant parts used as food and bedding for the animals. Before applying dung as manure it is necessary to allow the dung to undergo decomposition for a certain period. Applying
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Praying Mantis Pest Control

September 30, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

How to attract a praying mantis to your garden

Praying Mantis Information and Pest Control Insects in the Garden Praying mantises are one of the common creatures found in any garden. They are carnivorous creatures and feeds on insects, insect eggs, mites, caterpillars, beetles, aphids. They do not eat plants. So, praying mantises are beneficial to certain extent to the gardeners. When at rest, praying mantis keeps its front legs in folded praying position and this is how the praying mantis gets its name. They measure about 2-4 inches and are usually green or brown in colour. It has a triangular head, neck and a long thorax. They can easily camouflage by attaching them to green plants, bark or wood. Mantis can lay hundreds of eggs at a time in the egg case. It can turn its head in 180 degrees. Praying mantis waits for their prey and when the prey reaches near, it snaps the prey at lightning speed using front legs. Using Praying Mantis for Pest Control The appetite of praying mantis for the insects makes it a good biological control for harmful insects in your garden. They do not cause any harm to your garden plants or flowers and buds and a safe way to control
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What Are Green Lacewings

September 29, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

single lacewing eggs

Green Lacewing  How To Control Pests With Beneficial Insects Naturally Chrysoperla rufilabris or green lacewing is a beneficial insect widely used by gardeners to control the various insect pests in their garden. The body of the insect is light green in colour and eyes are golden in colour. The two pairs of wings of the insect are translucent that display some iridescence. Though the adult insects feed on sweet nectar and pollen of flowers mainly, the larvae of the insect feeds on soft-bodied insects and its eggs. These larvae are called aphid lions and consume about 200 aphids within a period of one week. The larvae look like miniature alligators and have flat bodies with pointed tail and six legs. They are very effective in controlling pests like spider mites, aphids, thrips, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, white fly as well as scale insects. Green Lacewing Life Cycle The adult lacewing lays about 200 eggs on the foliage and the eggs are attached to the underside of leaves through a slender egg stalk. After hatching, the larvae move to the leaves through the stalk. The larvae have large sucking jaws to attack insects like aphids. After a period of voracious feeding on
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How to Sterilise Soil

September 21, 2016 in Organic Gardening, Uncategorized by Christine

soil sterilisation using steam-kitchen oven microwave solarisation

Sterilising Soil Before Planting Seeds and Plants in the Garden Soil is the most prominently used growing medium by home gardeners. The success in gardening to a great extend will depend on the type of soil used. Soil containing weed seeds and pathogenic organisms like fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes and mycoplasmas can affect the germination of seeds and growth of the saplings. That being so, sterilising soil for the garden or potting soil is necessary before planting to make sure that the plants will have a healthy growth. Though sterile potting mixes are easily available from garden stores, you can save money by knowing “how to sterilise soil” and practicing it. Soil Sterilisation Methods There are different methods in practice to sterilise soil at home. This includes:      1. Steam Sterilisation  You can steam the potting soil either using a pressure cooker or without using it. If you are opting for pressure cooker method, you need to have several inches of water inside the cooker, and you should place the pans with soil not more than 4 inches over the rack placed inside the cooker. Make sure that you cover the pans with foil. You can place the lid
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Neem Oil Recipe Make Your Own

June 29, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Neem Oil Pestiside for Garden and House Plants

Neem Oil Foliar Spray – What is Neem Oil? Neem is very popular medicinal tree in India, especially in South India. The oil that is made out of pressing the seeds and the fruits of the neem plant is called the neem oil. It is used as a natural insect repellant as well as for several other medicinal uses. The oil comes in golden yellow, dark brown, reddish brown or yellowish brown colour and has a very strong odour. It is very bitter in taste as it mainly contains triglycerides that have plenty of triterpenoid properties. The most common methods of getting neem oil are: cold pressing and solvent extraction. How Does Neem Oil Kill Pests in the Garden? It is always a big challenge to find nontoxic, safe and natural pesticides for the plants in your garden. One of the most popular oils that you can use to control the pests in your garden is neem oil. It can be extracted from many parts of the neem tree, but the oil extracted from the seeds of the neem tree is the most effective. It has anti-fungal and pesticide properties and helps in greatly reducing the threat of pests on
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Attracting Ladybugs to Your Garden

April 24, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Attracting LadyBugs to your Garden

Attracting Ladybugs to Your Garden If you are having trouble with aphids in your garden, it is time that you attracted the most popular aphid killers to your garden. Well, ladybugs are your best friends that will help in getting rid of the aphids in your garden. An adult ladybug can easily account for 5000 aphids in its life span of one year. They are hungry feeders and they love to binge on aphids. The ladybugs sometimes called ladybirds in Australia have the capacity of eating as many as 50 to 60 aphids in a single day. It is not just the aphids they eat. They also enjoy eating a wide variety of insects and larvae that include: mites, scales, mealy bugs and leaf hoppers. They are a very beneficial group of insects and are also known as lady beetles. Attracting Ladybugs to Your Garden with Plants Ladybugs do not pose any threat to your garden plants and are only beneficial to them. Ladybugs love to eat pollen and this means you can grow numerous plants in your garden to attract the ladybugs. Some of the herbs and plants that will help in attracting ladybugs easily are: cilantro, fennel, dill,
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Horticultural Oil Organic Pesticide

March 22, 2016 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Organic Horticultural Oil Spray How to Make Your Own

Horticultural Oil Control Pests and Diseases One of the best and the easiest ways to handle the troublesome insect pests in your garden is by making use of oil based pesticides. They are very effective in treating some of the plant diseases and are also eco-friendly. The most popular among the oil based pesticides is the horticultural oils. It is very effective in treating sap chewing and sucking pests. The modern day horticultural oils are based on petroleum oils and are in the form of a thinner. The traditional type of horticultural oil is based on vegetable oil and is known as the white oil. This is the organic horticultural oil. How does horticultural oil work? The horticultural oils will kill the pests and other insects on the plant by suffocating them. The oil will not allow the insects to breathe as it blocks the spiracles and therefore they die of suffocation. The oil will cause a disturbance to the insect egg metabolism. They will also hinder the ability of the insects to feed. This way the insects will be starved to death. It is very effective in killing aphids as it will interrupt the way the insect feeds. Make
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Grey Water For The Garden

May 31, 2014 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Grey Water Recycle Reuse of wastewater

Grey Water – Using Grey Water In The Garden Grey water is in between fresh clear water which is clean and black water which is extremely dirty. In residential areas, grey water comes from such things as washing dishes, laundry and bathing. It mostly comprises of high concentration of fats, grease, oils and also cleaning liquids. Normally, an average home can reduce their water consumption by around 30% by re-using grey water on their garden. However, the figures may vary from household to household regarding on the type or size of the house and the wastage of water. A regular household on a suburban block is estimated to use about 20,000 gallons of water on gardens and lawns. This means that the house could save around 50,000 litres of drinking water per year. If you live in the county you will know and learn that grey water can be reused safely in the garden. Did you realise from time to time grey water is released into the rivers? And people swim there! People that live in the country cannot be fussy they have to make do with their resources, which is not turning on a tap and expecting it to never
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Kill Weeds Homemade Organic Control

May 17, 2014 in Organic Gardening by Christine

Homemade Organic Weed Control

Kill Weeds Homemade Organic Control Best Homemade Organic Weed killers A part of growing your own garden is learning how to deal with uninvited guest plants called weeds. Using harmful and poisonous chemicals to control weeds in your home garden are becoming a thing of the past. More and more people in Australia are switching to organic gardening traditions to tend to their patches of paradise. As an organic gardener, you want to find environmentally safe ways to control the problem of weeds. Weed seeds below the top inch of soil tend to not get enough sunlight to sprout, but those above the top inch that do sprout deprive the plants you want to grow and flourish in your garden, of much needed water, nutrients, sunlight and growing space. You want to remove them in a way that is the most kind and cooperative, while keeping in mind the beautiful garden of your dreams that you hope to have. Kill Weeds Homemade Organic Control There are several affordable, natural, easy and safe ways to organically tend to weeds in your garden. The first and least harmful way to establish weed control is by doing some weeds pulling. Some weeds like
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