Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden

This time of year, roving herds of deer are a common sight in neighborhoods in Maryland. In addition to being a dangerous nuisance to drivers, whitetail deer can also be a real headache for gardeners. Deer love to munch on plants like hostas, pansies and impatients. They’re also fond of many of the same fruits and vegetables humans like to eat as well. If you have a garden in this area, chances are you’ve had to chase a few deer off from time to time. You may have even lost some of your favorite plants to the wandering foragers. This year, let’s take a few extra precautions to deer-proof your garden. Repellants There are a number of repellant products on the market that you can apply around your garden to deter deer from stopping in for a snack. Most of these repellants use naturally-occurring chemicals like Sulphur, ammonia and capsaicin to make your garden less appealing to deer. For best results, you should rotate different types of repellants throughout the season and reapply them after rainfalls. Predator Urine This is a different kind of deterrent that tricks deer into thinking there are predators around your garden. Many people find predator urine to be an effective way to keep deer away, but it can be expensive to maintain around a large garden. Spray applications need to be reapplied as often as once a week. Granular options are typically less expensive and more practical for use in large gardens. Other Scare Tactics Deer are easily spooked by unfamiliar noises and movement. Placing ornaments like wind chimes and wind spinners around your garden can make deer nervous about getting too close. A simple fishing line suspended about three feet above the ground can also help to keep deer out of your garden. Deer are incredible jumpers, but they don’t particularly like to climb over things. Plant Carefully Keep plants that deer are most attracted to close to your house. Conceal them with other plants that deer are less likely to be interested in. Planting pungent herbs like garlic, mint and lavender can help to mask the scent of other more appetizing plants. Adding thorny or prickly plants to your garden can make it less appealing to deer as well.

This time of year, roving herds of deer are a common sight in neighborhoods in Maryland. In addition to being a dangerous nuisance to drivers, whitetail deer can also be a real headache for gardeners. Deer love to munch on plants like hostas, pansies and impatients. They’re also fond of many of the same fruits… Read more »

Tips to Help Control Erosion in Your Yard

Tips to Help Control Erosion in Your Yard

After a long season of spring showers, you may notice that some of the soil in your yard has started to shift and come loose. Flowing water is a powerful thing, and over time it can have a detrimental effect on your landscaping. Sloping sections of land are typically most prone to erosion, but you… Read more »

5 Simple Gardening Tricks to Try This Season

5 Simple Gardening Tricks to Try This Season

Planting season is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to get back out in the garden. That’s why we’ve put together a few ideas to try this year to help you get the most out of your plantings. Some of these make for great weekend projects to tackle with the kids as well…. Read more »

Managing Chinch Bug Infestations in Your Yard

Managing Chinch Bug Infestations in Your Yard

Chinch bugs are some of the most troublesome lawn pests in North America. Here in Maryland, the hairy chinch bug is the most common variety. These tiny insects are less than ¼” long, and are characterized by the black and white stripes that run across their bodies. Because they’re so small, however, you’re unlikely to… Read more »

The Case Against Landscaping Fabric

The Case Against Landscaping Fabric

To use landscaping fabric or not to use landscaping fabric? That is the question. If you’re tired of constantly watering and pulling stubborn weeds from your garden, then by all means, use landscaping fabric to save yourself a headache. On the other hand, if you want a lush garden full of hydrated plants and healthy soil,… Read more »

Performing a Spring Lawn Mower Tuneup

Performing a Spring Lawn Mower Tuneup

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and before we know it the grass will be growing fast. Before you put your lawn mower to work however, it’s a good idea to treat it to a little TLC to make sure everything is in good working order. If your mower goes too long without… Read more »

Understanding the Advantages of a Saltwater Swimming Pool

Understanding the Advantages of a Saltwater Swimming Pool

You can find chlorinated freshwater pools in just about every suburban neighborhood in the country. They’re clean, they’re attractive and they’re fairly easy to maintain. That doesn’t mean that they’re perfect for everyone, though. The harsh chemicals used to cleanse the water in these pools can easily irritate sensitive skin. Over the years, the cost… Read more »

Stopping the Spread of Crabgrass

Stopping the Spread of Crabgrass

Did you know that crabgrass was originally brought to North America as a food source by Eurasian immigrants? It might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but now, a few centuries later, this plant has become one of the most common invasive weed species on the continent. You can find the coarse,… Read more »

Tips for Maintaining Your Brick Pavers

Tips for Maintaining Your Brick Pavers

A patio or walkway constructed of brick pavers can add an elegant, eye-catching flair to your home’s exterior. We love working with pavers because they offer so many opportunities for creativity. They’re also quite low maintenance, which makes them ideal for use in high traffic areas. To keep them looking their very best, however, you… Read more »

Winterizing Your Inground Pool

Winterizing your Inground Pool

Here on the East Coast we’ve been treated to some unseasonably warm temperatures this fall, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect important household maintenance items before the chill of winter sets in. If you have an inground pool, this is the perfect time to get it ready for winter. A swimming pool that isn’t… Read more »