Solutions for a tough site
By: Garden Gate staff
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From pest control to erosion prevention, find out easy ways to transform a tough site! Use the tips ahead in any challenging garden situation.
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Encourage natural predators
To draw in wildlife, such as birds, butterflies and bees, the last thing you want to do is use lots of pesticides. These stacked stones encourage garter snakes to stick around and help control the insect population and even a few rodents. You may even allow wild turkeys to visit the garden, too. While the birds may scratch out a plant or two, they eat insects, slugs and other small pests.
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On the level
When planning garden beds, it helps if the surface is close to level to catch moisture and drain slowly, preventing erosion. That’s why these stone walls were built. The paths help carry away any excess runoff. Smaller gravel or even mulch is likely to be washed away in a heavy downpour, but these large stones stay put as they filter the water into the soil underneath.
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Choosing one plant or color and scattering it through your garden is a great way to tie everything together. That’s what’s been done with the color yellow in this garden — it grabs your attention in several spots. To make this work, plant lots of different perennials with a similar hue that bloom at or about the same time.