Written by Scottie Johnson

What is nicer that a lovely backyard garden pond. The lush growth rising aboverepparttar water, graceful fish darting about andrepparttar 113437 soothing sound ofrepparttar 113438 water. These are just a few ofrepparttar 113439 reasons people are drawn to water gardens.

But when you think about adding a water feature to your garden, you are torn, because you know that a charming pond can also be a mosquito hatchery. And, everyone is concerned; rightly, about mosquitoes andrepparttar 113440 diseases they spread.

It is true, mosquitoes do need water to breed, but atrepparttar 113441 same time, there are so many effective ways to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in ponds, you should not let that stop you. Water gardeners are in a unique position; they can have wet spaces that can actually help stop mosquitoes from breeding.

Just a few simple precautions are all you need to feel safe and enjoy such a wonderful addition torepparttar 113442 landscape.

If you have a water garden, or want one, try these suggestions.

ØHave moving water in your water garden. Mosquitoes will not lay eggs in running water. The newly hatched mosquito must rest onrepparttar 113443 water’s surface for a few minutes to let its wings dry. Ifrepparttar 113444 water is moving,repparttar 113445 female mosquito will not lay eggs there.

ØGet some mosquito fish for your pond. Mosquito fish, or gambusia affinis, are very aggressive predators of mosquito larvae. They are also aggressive to other fish and will also eat dragonfly larvae, or nymphs. If mosquito fish are too predatory for your particular tastes, several other types of fish readily consume mosquito larvae, such as guppies, killifish, and small goldfish. Koi are too large and will not targetrepparttar 113446 larvae.

ØAdd Bti to your pond. Bti is a naturally occurring type of bacillus that is eaten byrepparttar 113447 mosquito larvae, and rapidly kills them. It is not harmful to fish, pets, wildlife or humans. It is sold under such names as Mosquito Dunks, or Mosquito Bits.

October in the Flower Garden – Preparing for Winter

Written by Sandra Dinkins-Wilson

A very busy time begins inrepparttar garden asrepparttar 113436 summer and autumn flowers fade. Although much depends uponrepparttar 113437 weather,repparttar 113438 time is approaching quickly when we must put everything in order forrepparttar 113439 winter. In my part ofrepparttar 113440 country, Halloween, atrepparttar 113441 end ofrepparttar 113442 month, usually is heralded in with snow and cold temperatures.

The whole flower garden should be dug over, but it is most important not to injurerepparttar 113443 hardy plants that will remain. Where there are a lot of these, it is safer to dig with a fork than a spade. A spade is much more likely to cut roots through if it comes across them. This, of course, presupposes you already have a flower bed with easily worked soil. Annual plants may all be pulled up and carted away torepparttar 113444 compost bin as they cease to flower.

Remember that many of our hardy perennial plants die down forrepparttar 113445 winter. Their leaves and stems wither and die. But we must not conclude thatrepparttar 113446 plant is dead just causerepparttar 113447 tops die. The roots are very much alive and inrepparttar 113448 spring beautiful fresh young growth will peep throughrepparttar 113449 soil. This is just a caution forrepparttar 113450 newbie gardener.

Nature has all sorts of methods to enable her hardy plants to passrepparttar 113451 winter safely. Some, likerepparttar 113452 hardy perennials, are simply going to sleep, in a manner of speaking. Some, likerepparttar 113453 bulbous plants –repparttar 113454 snowdrops, and winter aconites, and others – are waking up, for these sleep duringrepparttar 113455 hot summer months. Some plants remain fresh and green winter and summer alike.

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