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Not In My BackYard!

How to fix up your garden issues and common problems

The thing about being a grown up is that there is so much adulting to do. Not only do you have to make sure that the house is clean and tidy and that everyone is fed, but when the weather is fine, you also need to ensure everything is right in the garden as well. Urgh, what a drag! But another part of adulting is that unless you want to pay for someone to come in and do all those garden jobs for you, you are just going to have to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. That is why we have put together this short guide on the issue you want to avoid having in your garden and the exterior of your property and what you can do about them if you have them.

Stinging nettle is a common garden weed
Garden weeds can be very hardy and fast growing, unless you find the way
to deal with it on a consistent and regular basis.

Weeds

The number one problem for most folks in their backyard is that of weeds. These little blighters are tricky and hardy and get into every crack and crevice. Often flourishing better than the flowers that you would actually like to see in your beds.

But what can be done to impede if not stop their growth altogether? Well, the first recourse is often to weed killer or pesticides that are designed to kill the weeds and the root. Making it difficult for it to grow back. However, not everyone likes to use chemicals in their garden, and there are other ways you can deal with them.

The first it's to pull the weeds out by hand, backbreaking work if you have a lot of them! But you can always get a telescopic tool to help.

The next is to use weed matting. This is matting that you put down over the top of your soil. You cut a hole for where your plants go and then cover it over with soil or slate. What it does is create a barrier that makes it harder for the weeds to break through.

An old vehicle in garden
Unused, old vehicle can litter your garden and prevent you from using its
full potential to add value to your property.

Car storage

Another major problem in the backyard or the exterior of the home is where your vehicle lives when it's not in use. As you are fully aware vehicles are not cheap to buy or run, and that is why leaving them out in the open for rain, and the sun to do their work on the is a bad idea.

To remedy this, you can use a garage if you are lucky enough to have one. Or you can get something like a DIY carport kit, that you build yourself. Which will provide some protection from the elements for your car.

Water lillies in garden pond
A garden pond can be a beautiful and unique feature, but you have to be mindful
of the safety risk it poses if you have small children.

Open water

Something else that is worth consider is the danger of open water in your garden. This can be in the form of a stream, lake, pond or even swimming pool. While it’s lovely to have a water feature to sit by and listen to in the hot summer months, it can also be a huge safety risk.

This is because it is very easy for people, especially children to accidentally fall in and then not be able to get out.

To remedy this use pond cages or pool covers with special safety features like these.

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