For most people, the garden is a sanctuary, a place where we go to relax and chill after a tough day at the office. We use our gardens to grow flowers, vegetables, and as a safe outdoors space for the kids to play and burn off some steam. But if your garden is overrun by wildlife pests, your sense of enjoyment may be severely compromised. So what are the worst known offenders you may encounter at the bottom of your garden?
Rats Running Wild
Rats have a terrible reputation: most of us perceive them to be dirty, disease-ridden creatures that lurk in dark, dank corners and when cornered will fight back. In fact rats are certainly carriers of a number of nasty diseases and can indeed be aggressive if backed into a corner, but they probably don’t deserve to be vilified as much as they are. However, rats are not good to have around and if they are living in your garden, you need to make sure you keep the rat population under control or you might end up sharing your kitchen with a few rat families.
Squirrels can make mincemeat of bird feeders and vegetable patches. They are intelligent, cunning and resourceful, especially when it comes to food, which is why they are more than capable of traversing complex obstacle courses in order to reach a pile of nuts. It can be quite difficult to keep squirrels away from your precious homegrown vegetables, but if your local squirrel population persists in raiding your tomatoes, put out some alternative food and water to keep them occupied.
Birds are a massive pest, particularly if you have just spent hours raking soil and sowing seeds. Some species of birds will eat every last seed you sow, which is why farmers devise all kinds of complicated deterrents to keep birds away from their crops. Scarecrows might frighten the birds away, but cats usually make the most effective bird deterrent because of their hunting skills.
Raccoons are known for their misbehaviour: they empty trashcans and scatter the rubbish everywhere in their search for leftovers and they are more than happy to gobble up cat food and bird nuts. They might look cute, but raccoons can cause havoc in a garden once they become established; they can also pass on some nasty diseases if you come into close contact with them or their waste. Unfortunately, a lot of people make the mistake of feeding them in the early stages, which of course only encourages the raccoons to stick around.
Rabbits dig under fences and raid vegetable patches, chomping away happily until there is literally nothing left but a few withered stalks. They are one of Australia’s number one wildlife pests, which is why the lethal virus, Myxomatosis, was created. However, there are more humane ways to deal with an out of control rabbit population, wherever you happen to be living, so if you are struggling to keep pesky rabbits out of your salad corner, hire a pest control service.
Wildlife pests may be annoying, but try to remember that their main aim in life is to find food and shelter, just like you. Always use humane methods to remove or control wildlife pests and if in doubt, consult an expert.
This article has been written by Joana Sterling. Joana works at Innovative Care of the Environment Inc., a company providing humane pest control services in Toronto. She likes to sing and spends her Friday evenings at the karaoke bar with her friends.
If you live in big city or in some limited place, don’t worry, you can create your own meditation garden which will be your place for rest and meditate. Meditation gardens have many purposes, to enjoy, to relax but primary purpose is to give you some relax and therapeutic place for relaxation, for enjoy, for meeting with your friends and much more. One more good thing about meditation garden is that garden can be little and be great, and at the same time, garden can be large, full of flowers, fountains, beautiful grass. Design is the main thing about meditation garden and place where you can create your relaxing place.
Size for these types of gardens and requirements isn’t specific. There is no rules that you must follow. You can create these gardens in home, or in your backyard, that you chose. You just need some great idea how garden will look in your mind. You create your own meditation garden, how you want garden must look.
You must create garden that you will love, because there is no point to create one if you don’t like it or if you don’t feel great when you in it. These is very important step in creating meditation garden. Meditation garden must be reflection of how you see happiness and peace. Garden which you want to create is meant to be your own place for meditation and peace.
When you create your own meditation garden you can use many elements that will make your garden to look beautiful and in some way peaceful. Relax is important, because that you need to use some flowers, bench, fountains in your garden. Many of those, the better garden will be and your relaxing will have more effects. You can place some garden lights for night and that will be very nice. Before bed time, you can go in garden and relax. That really help for calm dream and relaxing night.
This is very important step in creating meditation garden. If you want to be comfortable while you meditating, you need to consider including some bench and some fountains in your garden. Bench give lots of alternative for cross-legged sitting meditation. Flowers are great to, some colorful flowers. These garden must be place where you will find your own peace and where you can relax.
People often create which leads them to the are where they love to find there peace. That is like in the movie at the happy end. This is great idea for your garden. Almost every garden have these paths, now you know why. Think about your own path. At the end, the most important for garden is that you feel relax when you went in it, and to find peace when you sit on the grass, or by the flowers, or fountains.
This article was written by William N. Johnson who is a planner for meditation gardens. William writes articles about garden ideas, garden tips and garden decoration.
The Pretoria Botanical Garden has 50 hectares of the garden area which contains mostly the South African plants and presenting different biomes like savanna or forest. The botanical garden is home to more than 198 bird species, reptiles and small mammals, especially medicinal plants, special wisteria avenue, cycads, aloes and succulents featured areas. The garden is home to the Head Office of South African National Botanical Institute and was founded in the year 1946. The garden is open 365 days a year, from 08:00 to 18:00 with last entry at 17:00.
Photo Credit: Derek Keats (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Bugs are wonderful inhabitants in every garden. The number of insect species could vary from 1.5 million to 30 million and are probably one of the most populous groups of organisms in the world.
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