Solvents used to dilute paints and stains should be based on plant rather than mineral. Paint and stain pigments should be made from inorganic soil and mineral pigments and preservatives should be water-based and include salts of zinc, copper or fluoride. The website of the independent nonprofit organization Green Seal has more information on environmentally friendly paints and solvents at Design wooden structures to evacuate rainwater. Any wood that becomes wet and does not dry is vulnerable to decay and insect attack. Protect the endgrains with stoppers and do not put the ends of the poles in concrete soles that retain the water.
Choosing the right plant in the right place reduces the need for irrigation water, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, and work. Native plants or indigenous species cultivars benefit the local ecosystem in a myriad of ways, including supporting insects, the main source of food for birds. breeders and other native species. In addition, they attract native pollinators, including birds, bats, butterflies, bees and moths, and provide food, shelter and habitat of choice for wildlife. Native plants also enhance the beauty of all types of gardens - from the formal model to the informal design and give a sense of place and regional history.
You can make your garden less attractive to ticks depending on how you are doing. Here are some simple landscaping techniques that can help reduce tick populations: The use of acaricides (tick pesticides) can reduce the number of ticks in treated areas of your garden. However, you should not rely on spraying to reduce your risk of infection. Designing a landscape that suits your home, as well as your budget, is an important part of home ownership.
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