Property News Trending

Instead of reaching for toxic chemical products to control garden pests, go for the sensible option and spray your plants with natural remedies for bugs.

We all know garlic was used as protection against witches. Well now we can use garlic as a deterrent against unwanted garden pests. When sprayed onto plants, garlic acts as a deterrent, encouraging insects to move on to more appetizing plants. Unlike many other types of insecticidal garden sprays, garlic can safely be applied to the leaves of plants. Pop a clove of garlic into a blender and add a cup of water and puree until finely blended. Recycle an empty household cleaner spray bottle and add the garlic puree and then fill up with water. Shake well and then spray onto plants.

Not only great for the compost heap, eggshells also act as fertilizer and pest repellant when added to the bottom of holes before planting. The next time you plant vegetables, crush a couple of eggshells – not too finely – and add them to the bottom of the hole. The sharp edges will deter cutworms, and crushed shells around the stem of plants will deter slugs and snails. Snails and slugs also dislike sand, lime, or ashes, so the next time you have a wood braai, apply ash to the base of plants that are under threat. Available at your local nursery or garden centre, Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilised remains of diatoms, single-cell organisms. The glass-like nature of diatomaceous earth makes it one of the oldest forms of insecticide. The sharp surfaces cut through the insect cuticle and the insect dies of dehydration. Diatomaceous earth kills slugs, snails and ants, but only apply to problem areas to avoid killing worms and similar garden-healthy occupants.

As an annual treatment for lawn and garden, there’s nothing like manure for boosting growth and flower production. Organic manure and fertiliser is available at your local Builders Warehouse or garden centre and can be dressed onto the lawn or mixed into flower beds. By adding nutrients to the soil you increase the strength of the plant, and a healthy plant has a better chance at fighting off disease.

Having recently done research on pure soap [Castille soap] it seems there is more to this soap than we know. The gentle vegetable oil-based soap makes a gentle and effective insecticidal spray for the garden. Simply fill up a spray bottle – a recycled household cleaner bottle – with water and a tablespoon of peppermint castile soap, you can rid your plants of aphids and whiteflies.

Aged balsamic vinegar in a spray bottle is an ideal herbicide for problem weeds in between bricks and pavers in a driveway or path. Simply spray the vinegar on the plant and it will wither away.The acetic acid in vinegar is what kills off the weeds, so the higher the percentage of acetic acid in the vinegar, the better. Vinegar used for culinary purposes is relatively low (5%) in acetic acid, so repeated applications will be necessary when using it as a natural weed killer.

Another natural solution is to pour hot water onto unwanted weeds.

Although not entirely garden pests, fleas are attracted to your pets and are then brought into the home. Have a bottle or Cedar oil – aromatherapy oil – handy at home. Put a few drops on a soft cloth and wipe over your pet’s coat once a month to control fleas. You can also add a few drops of cedar oil to pet bedding and rugs. Fleas detest cedar oil, as do bed bugs – but don’t be tempted to rub yourself down with oil, rather apply a few drops to a cloth and wipe down the mattress occasionally. The same applies to Rosemary oil. Cedar oil also protects against moths, so add a few drops to a potpourri sachet and pop into your closet or chest of drawers.

When establishing a vegetable patch or herb garden, be sure to plant marigolds as well. This plant is a natural insect repellant and will protect its surrounding neighbours.

Did you know that bananas protect your roses from aphids? Try placing a few dried banana skins just below the surface around your rose bushes. Bananas are also rich in potassium, which is a vital nutrient for gardens. Add banana skins to your compost heap and mix them into the soil with a garden fork. Burying dried or cut-up bananas peels a few centimetres deep around the base of your rosebushes to deter aphids. Bananas also attract birds and butterflies, so be sure to hang some out on a bird feeder.

Via Home-Dzine

Leave a Reply

The 3 Worst Reasons To Buy A Home
Avoid These Most Common Pitfalls When Buying Or Selling Property
Be Careful Of Sophisticated Property Scammers When Buying Property
4 Basic Scenarios That Bring On Buyer’s Remorse
Avoid These Debt Hazards To Keep Your Home
SA Property Market Remains Safe Haven Asset For Investors
What To Do (And NOT To Do) When Looking To Sell Your Home
How Do Your Pets Affect The Selling Of Your Property?
4 Important Questions To Answer Whether You’re Ready To Buy A Home
4 Minimum Insurance Considerations For Body Corporate
6 Quick Tips When Buying A Home In An Estate
How To Sell Luxury Real Estate
How Hiving Living Emerges As New Housing Trend
City Or Suburbs: Where Should You Buy A Home In South Africa?
Property Practitioners Bill – Why Should The Consumer Give A Hoot?
The 3 Worst Reasons To Buy A Home
Avoid These Most Common Pitfalls When Buying Or Selling Property
4 Home Buying Obstacles To Overcome
Be Careful Of Sophisticated Property Scammers When Buying Property
4 Basic Scenarios That Bring On Buyer’s Remorse
Applying For A Home Loan? Key Is A Good Credit Report
4 Important Questions To Answer Whether You’re Ready To Buy A Home
6 Quick Tips When Buying A Home In An Estate
City Or Suburbs: Where Should You Buy A Home In South Africa?
Property Practitioners Bill – Why Should The Consumer Give A Hoot?
4 Top Reasons To Buy a Home In The Summer
When Is The Right Time To Buy Property?
Make an Informed Decision When Buying a Fixer-Upper
10 Common Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make
8 Greatest Concerns Keeping Property Investors Awake
What To Do (And NOT To Do) When Looking To Sell Your Home
How Do Your Pets Affect The Selling Of Your Property?
How To Sell Luxury Real Estate
Property Practitioners Bill – Why Should The Consumer Give A Hoot?
Why A Good Sale Actually Starts With A Good Sale Agreement
What Are The Tax Implications Of Selling Your Primary Residence?
5 Unexpected Expenses When Selling Your Home
How To Get Ready To Sell Your Home In Spring
All That Twitters Is Not Sold
5 Expensive Mistakes Made By Home Sellers When Selling A Home
Does An Open Mandate Delay a Home Sale?
8 Tips On Selling an Empty House
Neglecting Home Maintenance Will Damage Sale Price
The Do’s And Dont’s of Selling Your Home
4 Clear Signs It’s Time To Sell Your Home
4 Minimum Insurance Considerations For Body Corporate
Looking For A Rental Property? Make Sure You Are Rental Ready!
Know The Lowdown On Letting Out Your Property
How Much Should You Spend On Rent A Month?
#SmartHomes: The No.1 Tenant Amenity Today Is Wi-Fi
Demand For Rental Properties Rising Due To Low Confidence Levels
What About Pet Ownership In Sectional Title Schemes?
Why Creditworthiness Is Just As Important For Tenants
Factors To Consider When Letting Out Property
New Landlords Need Experienced Agents
The Perils of Rising Consumer Debt For Landlords
First-Time Tenant? What You Need To Know
Average residential rental values on the increase
Is It Possible To Terminate A Lease Agreement Without Recourse?
New Generation Digs Now On The Rise
3 Helpful Tips For a Stress-Free Moving Day
Divorcing And Need To Sell? 3 Possible Options
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Relocating
7 Tips For Packing And Moving Quickly
Moving? Things To Think About!
Maximising Small Spaces
7 Tips To Help Your Children To Adapt To The Move
What To Do With Your Home When You Have To Relocate
Moving With Pets Can Be Tricky
Estate Agent Moving Tips
Telltale Signs You Need A New Home
Seven Signs You Need A New Nest
Über Wealthy On The Increase And On The Move
Applying For A Home Loan? Key Is A Good Credit Report
SA Property Market Remains Safe Haven Asset For Investors
What Are The Tax Implications Of Selling Your Primary Residence?
5 Unexpected Expenses When Selling Your Home
8 Greatest Concerns Keeping Property Investors Awake
Running Behind On Your Home Loan Repayments? Here’s What To Do!
5 Financial Tips To Stay Afloat As a First-Time Homeowner
First-Time Home Buyer? How To Avoid Tax And Get Up To 44% More Space
Repo Rate Cut: Encouraging News For Home Buyers
Is Investing In Property During The Recession Still A Good Idea?
4 Hot Tips For Investing In Student Accommodation
Make Your Bond Work For You
Energy-Saving Tips For Your Home This Winter
Costs To Consider When Investing In Property
Smaller Properties Yield Great Investments
5 Reasons You Should Work With a Real Estate Agent
Is Hosting Your Property On Airbnb Legal?
How To Protect Your Commercial Property Investment
Commercial property still important asset class for private buyers
Know The Risks Before Building Airbnb Castles In The Sky
Green Buildings Catching On In South Africa
Digital Disruption And The South African Commercial Real Estate Market
Can You Run A Business From A Sectional Title Home?
What’s Driving Change In The Commercial Property Sector?
5 Ways Commercial Property Space Planning Can Save You Money
Investing In Commercial Property an Attractive Option
3 Obvious Signs That It’s Time For Office Relocation
3 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Vacant Land
Price Correction In Commercial Property Market
South Africa: Evolution of Industrial Properties