How to go for green
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Identify the problem before you try to fix it. Checking your garden daily will alert you to small problems before they get out of hand. One or two chewed leaves are to be expected. And before you pull out the big guns look for the cause of the problem. If you see a colony of insects or an egg sack, then take appropriate measures. That might mean simply removing the egg sack.
Know if the problem is caused by an insect or a disease. A good dose of fungicide may poison an insect, but no amount of insecticide is going to cure a fungal disease. And some insects – such as ladybirds – are good for the garden, so don’t choose a spray that is going to kill everything in its way.
More is not better. Read and follow label directions. Even organic pesticides can be dangerous if used too frequently or at too high a concentration. and beautiful healthy plants.
At the very least, add a bucket full of compost to the planting hole.
Dig up the soil as little as possible. Tilling breaks up the soils structure and disturbs the organisms in it. The no-dig garden is the future of green gardening.
Apply compost or composted manure regularly.
Uncovered soil lets rain and erosion wash away nutrients and gives weeds space to grow. Place a thick layer of organic mulch around plants or plant fast-growing water smart groundcovers.
In sunny areas plant agapanthus, aptenia ( Aptenia cordifolia), bulbinella, sour fig and other vygies, silver carpet ( Dymondia margaretae), erigeron daisy, trailing gazania ( Gazania rigens) or trailing mauve osteoper num ( Osteospermum jucunda).
In shaded spots plant agapanthus, hen-and-chicken ( Chlorophytum comosum), fairy crassula ( Crassula multicava), gossip ( Plectranthus verticillatus), or variegated plectranthus ( P. madagascariensis).
BIRDLIFE: The masked weaver will be attracted to gardens with seeds and building materials.
LOVELY VISITORS: By planting waterwise winners such as the blue kingfisher daisy ( you will attract butterflies.