What can I plant to deter mosquitos?
This is a great question and one that we get often. When you live in Washington, this is a genuine concern if you enjoy spending time outdoors. Some of your best options are marigolds, ageratum, and catnip. Of course, nothing is foolproof for a mosquito bent on getting in your yard, but these plants should help to curb them.
How can I keep those pesky deer out of my garden?
Unfortunately, a deer that wants your tender greens will almost always find a way in. You can try to deter them through various methods including:
- Planting pungent herbs or perennials around your beds, deer rely on their sense of smell when feeding. This MAY deter them.
- Try planting fuzzy or thorny plants near those you wish to keep safe or even at the entrance of your garden. Deer tend to dislike the texture.
- Build a fence or a hedge of boxwoods. If the deer can’t hop over it or even see what’s on the other side, they may not try to find a way in.
- Keep your garden or beds clean. Throw out dead plants, harvest when your crops are ready, and keep tall grasses trimmed down.
- Use and rotate between any variety of deer repellents such as deer off or blood meal.
With deer the best thing to remember is that they are persistent, but they generally will not go to a whole lot of trouble to get to your garden. You best bet is to make it difficult for them to get to you plants.
Are you closed at any point in the year?
We would love to have you visit us! We are open summer, spring, winter and fall all 7 days a week from 9-5.
I’m new to gardening, will you help me with tips to starting?
We love helping our customers customize their exciting, new gardening journey! We will be happy to assist you with some tips about perennials, annuals and when to plant certain vegetation. If you’re new to gardening, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff members for tips on some easy starters and the best plants for the season!
How do I keep rabbits and other small animals out of my garden?
Most animals that are after your garden will almost always find a way in. There are a few things you can do to try to deter them however:
- Try fencing your garden-Be sure that you make your fence flush with the ground or find a way to seal off small entrance holes.
- If your trees are being eaten, try a mesh wrap around the bark.
- Try to keep your garden clean-Throw out debris, keep your compost pile/bin covered, clean out all possible nesting spots and hiding places, clean up your bird feeders and any bird seed on the ground.
- Distract them by planting crops nearby that they will find appealing such as clover.
- Surprise them-put in motion activated sprinklers or lights. Know that methods like these eventually lose effectiveness. Be prepared to change tactics every so often.
- Try sprinkling ground black pepper, garlic powder, predator urine, hair (any kind) or even used kitty litter around your garden.
It is important to remember that these animals will often times go for the easiest thing they can get to, so like with deer, make it difficult.
What plants do you suggest to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees?
Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are all beautiful to look at and are great for pollination and keeping your garden vibrant. We suggest adding some of these plants to your garden to attract butterflies and bees:
- Bee Balm
- Butterfly Bush
We’d love to help you plan your garden! Ask one of our friendly staff members for additional recommendations for attracting pollinators to your garden.
Do you offer starts or only matured plants?
We offer plants for all garden types and for any stage! From starters to fully matured vines, trees, shrubs, flowers, annuals, perennials. Don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff members if you’re looking for something particular!
*******Remember, it is now ILLEGAL in the state of Washington to kill moles or pocket gophers. If you have a mole or gopher problem, there are a few methods you can try that do not include killing them. You can also call a licensed exterminator*******
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