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Upper Midwest Gardening: Smart Gardening Tips

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Get tips for eradicating grubs and slugs, conserving water, weeding, and swapping plants for fun and savings in the Upper Midwest region.

Get tips for eradicating grubs and slugs, conserving water, weeding, and swapping plants for fun and savings in the Upper Midwest region.

Save Water
Keep a hand sprayer attached to the end of your hose. That way, when you’re watering and get side tracked, you can shut off the flow from the sprayer instead of letting water run from the hose.

Easy Weeding
Keep weeds out of your garden with little effort. Lay 4 sheets of black-and-white newspaper on top of the soil and cover with shredded mulch. The paper smothers the weeds and prevents weed seeds from germinating. It typically lasts a year or more, is easy to cut through, and eventually can be turned into the soil.

Swap Plants
Perennials need to be divided every 3 to 5 years to grow beautifully. Since you have to dig and divide your plants, you might as well have some fun doing it (and get some new plants in the process). Invite friends over for a plant-swapping party. They can bring interesting plants to trade for a new plant from another garden.

Grubs Be Gone
Grubs are creepy, ugly, and have a voracious appetite for grass roots. They can wipe out your lawn. I control grubs with a natural product containing milky spore (Bacillus popilliae Dutky). Use it for a few years, and billions of milky spores build up in the soil to control future generations.

Slimy Slug-a-Thon
Spring is the season for slugs. And when left alone, one slimy slug can produce 500 more slugs by the end of the season! Controlling them early will save your garden. Iron phosphate will destroy slugs without harming pets and wildlife. Spread the product at the base of plants and reapply every 14 days.

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