Spray Paint to the Rescue
From metal patio furniture to rusty garden tools, fresh paint transforms the ordinary into extraordinarily creative garden art and creates color-themed living areas. Choose a bright orange or sunny yellow shade of paint if you want to warm up the patio and refresh outdoor furniture. Cool green and blue shades create a more calming space. Coordinate potted flowers so they match your new color theme. Just be sure to use a paint labeled for the type of material you are painting.
Slugs and snails can devour new spring growth. They prefer a dark, moist environment, so clean up garden refuse, weeds, and tall grass. Establish a slug-free zone, where you can grow slug favorites such as lettuce, marigolds, and hostas with the protection of a slug trap. Elsewhere, use slug-resistant plants with thick, silver, or hairy leaves. Not sure what's chomping your plants? Roll up and dampen newspaper and set it among your damaged plants. Check the folds in a few days, and you'll find the guilty parties. Slugs, snails, earwigs, and sow bugs can't resist wet paper, and once you identify the pest, you'll be able to decide on the most effective pest control.
Winning the War on Weeds
Smother small, young weeds under a few inches of bark mulch. A layer of mulch also covers moss or lichens growing on top of damp, spring soil. Organic mulch not only acts as a frosting to hide imperfections, it also takes the cake when it comes to conserving moisture and improving the soil with valuable organic matter. Bark chips help to block new weed seeds blowing in on spring breezes. Tuck in your beds and tidy the garden with a fresh blanket of spring mulch, and you'll rest easier all summer long.
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