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5 Tips For An All-Season Garden

5 Tips For An All-Season Garden

An all-season garden can become a personal and private retreat that provides recreation, exercise, and enjoyment for gardeners of all ages.

For the amount of work and investment you put into your garden, you should be able to enjoy it throughout the year. Sadly, far too many gardeners rely on gardens that bloom for six weeks out of the year. Instead, we’d like to help you cultivate a year-round garden that you can proudly share from January to December.

Your garden should reflect your taste, yard size, and orientation, effort, and budget, as well as your city’s weather. It’s best to seek local expertise when planning a year-round garden, but we’re sharing some general tips to get you started today.

Best Ways to Achieve an All-Season Garden

  1. Choose Variety 

Many gardens feature the most popular plants for the area, which usually bloom in late spring. Instead of focusing on just flowers, start branching out. Consider a variety of florals, bushes, trees, herb plants, fruits, and vegetables. Choose plants that bloom at different times, and mix in plants that survive year-round.

  1. Go Beyond Blooms 

We often focus on a plant’s bloom, such as the gorgeous azalea, but a year-round garden requires you to look beyond just a flower’s bloom. To enjoy your garden on off-seasons, plant bushes and trees that provide beautiful foliage that changes throughout the year. Create interest by planting choices that go through evolutions of blooming, color, and shedding.

  1. Research All Year 

Spring is by far the most popular time to visit your local nursery and settle in for Saturdays of yard work. However, if you want a yard that thrives in summer, fall, and winter, you need to keep your garden in mind through those seasons as well. Visit public gardens and investigate gardens that look good in the off seasons for ideas.

  1. Hardscape 

You don’t need plants growing out of every single inch of your property. In fact, creating some margin with “hardscaping” can create a perfect backdrop for your plants. Add pavers, water features, rock beds, edging, and other non-plant elements to add variety to your garden and fill out spots that may look more sparse during colder months.

  1. Plan Layout Strategically 

There are so many ways to layout your garden, so we recommend taking a minute to brainstorm what you want. Some gardeners like to create seasonal areas—a whole section of spring blooms that look stunning for a whole season, then allowing the focus to shift to fruit trees and bushes for summer, and autumn leaves that fall in their home’s backyard during the fall.

Other gardeners want their entire space to look interesting throughout the year, so they place plants that peak together interspersed with off-season plants—blooms mixed in with year-round conifers and bushes.

Cultivating a garden that’s pleasing to you and your guests 365 days a year is only a matter of thoughtful choice and planning.

All Green Pest Control Can Help with Your Landscaping 

All Green Pest Control can help you curate a yard that can wow—no matter the season. Let us help you create the yard and all-season garden you desire, starting with a free consultation. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties.

How to Remove Crabgrass from Your Lawn

Removing crabgrass from your lawn takes more than just pulling up weeds that you see—the way you kill and remove crabgrass matters.

Crabgrass is a common and annoying weed that finds its way into many yards. It’s hardy, and it decreases the growth of surrounding plants. Today we’re sharing what we know about common crabgrass and how you can fight it in your own grass.

The Problem with Crabgrass

Crabgrass is a coarse weed that grows in flat clumps, spreading easily and killing the surrounding grass and plants. It dies every year in the fall, making it an annual plant, but the way it grows throughout the season and sheds seeds makes it more like a perennial plant.

Essentially, the longer crabgrass is allowed to grow, the more crabgrass will sprout in your yard. This weed loves to find unseeded areas or sparse areas of grass to take over. Merely mowing your crabgrass will not prevent or kill it, and if you use a grass-mulching lawnmower, you may be actively spreading seeds to other areas of your yard. Crabgrass is best prevented, but you can fight it when you see it.

How to Remove Crabgrass from Your Lawn

At the first sign of crabgrass, begin working your way through these steps to return your yard to full health.

  1. Prevent Spread. First, you need to stop the spread of the seeds. When you’re ready to mow your lawn, use a rake to fluff up the matted crabgrass, much like brushing your hair. Once the crabgrass is standing upright, mow right away. Collect the clippings and dispose away from your grass.
  1. Weed Carefully. If you can count the number of sprouts on one hand, you can uproot the weeds yourself. Wet the soil around the weeds to soften the dirt and roots. Pull up the weeds completely, leaving no roots or blades behind.
  1. Post-Emergent Spray. If crabgrass is taking over your lawn, it may be time for a post-emergent weed-killing spray. While there are some crabgrass killers in your local home improvement store, this is a job best left to professionals. All crabgrass killers can harm grass in some way, and some could completely kill your healthy turf along with weeds. We can help kill weeds that are threatening your lawn with professional and safe lawn treatments.
  1. Re-Seed Bare Spots. The bare areas attract weeds of all kinds, so replace any empty spots with the type of growth you’d like to see. Reseed the area and then increase watering to help the grass bounce back after weed damage.
  1. Plan Next Year. Chances are your crabgrass will return next year, so beat it before it shows up. Figure out the best pre-emergent spray for your grass and climate, and treat your grass early in the spring before crabgrass has a chance to sprout and spread.

Your Crabgrass Hero

The experts at All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care can remove crabgrass and turn your weeds into a lush, green yard worthy of envy.

With crabgrass especially, it’s important to pursue removal right away, so reach out now. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties.

How Do I Protect My Home From Pests

There comes a time each summer (or perhaps even spring!) where homeowners realize yet again that they need to be proactive in protecting their home from pests. Nearly every area and climate suffer from some type of insect or varmint life that can interfere with their home’s safety and comfort. How can you deter pests from your home?

It’s not just about leaving the door open or leaving enticing crumbs. There are specific strategies you can use to protect your home from pests. Keep your home more comfortable, clean, and safe from the damage caused by invasive pests.

9 Ways to Protect Your Home From Pests

You may find that some strategies are not effective for your home, but a certain combination of these strategies works wonders. Try what works for you.

1. Seal It Up

Loose or worn weatherstripping around doors and windows is an open invitation for pests to come into your home. Get new sealing around all the openings of your home to stop the trespassing.

2. Trim Well

Overgrown shrubs and trees attract more pests and provide shelter for insects and animals alike. Be especially wary of any plants that actually touch the exterior of your home.

3. Store Attractors Carefully

Did you know that your woodpile for your fire pit lures pests? The same goes for pet food and even bird feeders. Instead, store these carefully at distant points in the yard, away from your home.

4. Find Interior Gaps

Sometimes the entry points aren’t visible from the outside. Check all of the exterior walls but from the inside of your home. Pay close attention to corners and where floors meet the wall. A garage can be a common culprit.

5. Clean Regularly

Crumbs and scents make insects and animals come looking for dinner. Sweep up crumbs, and use a vinegar spray to clean and deter insects from following trails. If you have kids, it’s important to look carefully for unanticipated crumbs and spills.

6. Protect Openings

There are some openings to your home that you can’t completely seal off, such as dryer vents and chimneys. However, you can get grates and mesh covers that can allow for airflow without inviting in pests.

7. Use Natural Deterrents

If you have young children or pets, you may be concerned about harsh chemicals. Many household products can be used to prevent pests. For example, spiders can be deterred with bananas, dust mites with essential oils like lavender, ants with cornmeal or baby powder, and many insects and animals repelled by coffee grounds.

8. Manage Humidity

Spiders are notorious for invading humid areas. Use a dehumidifier in basements and confined areas, regularly sweeping away spider webs, and you’ll find that spiders and their friends will die out or relocate.

9. Pest Control

The very best way to prevent pests is to use a tested and proven pest control service. Our methods deter pests and then eradicate them over time, keeping your home clean and safe.

Pest Control You Can Trust

You don’t have to live with the constant irritation and cleanup of household pests. Let All Green Pest Control help you manage insects, animals, and any pest that comes your way with our professional care.

5 Tips to Prevent Lawn Browning

Lawn browning is a looming threat during the hot summer months. It doesn’t take long for your lush green grass to begin withering under the heat, and discoloration can start to creep in. Your lawn is an investment, and it needs to be protected to stay beautiful and healthy. There are a few key strategies for keeping your grass green and preventing the dreaded browning.

Why Does A Lawn Turn Brown?

When you notice dead-looking patches on your lawn, your first instinct may be to crank up the watering frequency and volume. However, there are more reasons than just dehydration that can cause your grass to turn dry and brown.

  • Drought – during sweltering months, your grass may turn brown to conserve water and return to its former glory with more water or rainfall, and once temperatures decrease.
  • Missed Spots – it’s possible that your sprinklers aren’t positioned to reach certain areas of your lawn, causing the grass to die.
  • pH Levels – did you know that overwatering can generate yellow and brown patches? If your soil’s alkaline levels aren’t balanced, your grass becomes iron-deficient and will require sulfur or other additives to the soil to restore balance.
  • Fertilizer Burn – too much fertilizer or fertilizer that hasn’t absorbed adequately into the soil can “burn” your grass to create dead spots.
  • Weeds – weeds are notorious for stealing resources from your wanted plants. Large and growing weed systems can be choking your grass.
  • Larvae – certain species of pests can lay and fest on your grass, causing patches of dead and decaying lawn. Look for larvae along the roots of your grass and regularly spray to kill pests.
  • Pets – Does your dog do his business in the same spot each time? It could be depositing harmful salts that are killing your grass.

5 Tips to Prevent Lawn Browning

Careful detective work should help you identify any existing brown patches and their causes, but an offensive strategy can help prevent any browning in the first place. Try any combination of these tips to keep your lawn healthy and green:

  1. Water Right. Consult with a gardening expert in your region to determine the appropriate watering schedule for your climate. Set your schedule to deposit water in the early morning, late evening, or overnight to prevent evaporation under direct sunlight.
  2. Fertilize. You don’t want to wait until your lawn is in trouble to apply fertilizer. Use fertilizer in the spring, and again in the fall to supply the nutrients your grass needs to grow healthy and green.
  3. Aerate. Aerating your soil can help water, fertilizer, and air to fluff up your lawn and promote healthy growth.
  4. Herbicide. Spraying a weed-preventative herbicide early in the season will prevent weeds (and some types of fungi and pests) from encroaching on your grass as the year progresses.
  5. Observe. The most important thing you can do to prevent lawn browning is to observe your grass very carefully. Regularly check the roots for larvae and incoming weeds, and be sure that fertilizer is absorbing well.

A Healthy Happy Lawn

While you can’t always avoid dead patches in a desert climate, we hope these tips will help you prevent lawn browning and promote healthy growth. All Green Pest Control & Lawn Care can help you create a gorgeous yard that you love to enjoy. Call today to ask about our fertilization and weed care for the greenest grass you’ve ever seen.

The Best Mosquito Control For Your Yard

The Best Mosquito Control For Your Yard

Mosquitos are some of nature’s most prolific pests. They can turn a pleasant afternoon outside into an itchy bloodbath. Even worse, mosquitos may be spreading threatening diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and West Nile virus. According to the CDC, “West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.” So controlling mosquitoes in your yard and living space isn’t just smart–it’s healthier too. What are the best methods, then, for mosquito control? 

5 Options for Mosquito Control for Your Yard

  1. Personal Repellant Spray. Utilizing a personal repellant spray containing DEET is proven to be effective at reducing bug bites of many varieties, including from mosquitoes. It’s recommended that you spray exposed skin anytime you plan to spend time outdoors when mosquitoes have been observed. Drawbacks to bug spray include the smell and consistency, and remembering to use your bug spray every time you are in your yard. Beware of bracelets or patches, as they aren’t as effective as a spray or lotion. 
  2. Fans. Did you know there’s a chemical-free way to repel mosquitoes in your yard? Mosquitoes are very weak fliers, which means a strong breeze is usually enough to blow them off course. An outdoor fan can not only cool you off–it can also blow mosquitoes away from you. Try parking a box fan at ankle-to-knee level when you’re enjoying an evening outside, and you’ll prevent pesky mosquito bites 
  3. Aromatics. Certain scents are proven to repel mosquitoes. Citronella candles, tiki torches, and any fire generating smoke will usually repel mosquitos in a small radius. You can also plant aromatics in your yard and garden to deter mosquitoes from the area for natural mosquito control. Plants you can try are basil, lavender, peppermint, lemon balm, sage, or rosemary. Burn the leaves for an even more effective mosquito repellant. 
  4. Butane Devices. There are various lanterns and handheld devices which use fuel and battery power to warm and diffuse repellant. The radius of protection varies, and you will have to continually refill or recharge to maintain mosquito control, which can be tedious and expensive, but this can be a great passive or mobile option. Try to avoid bug “zappers” or attractive lights, since they can kill or repel good insects necessary for pollination. 
  5. Suppressant Spray. A professional pest control treatment is the most effective way to control mosquitoes in your yard. Suppressant mosquito spray is a more potent combination of repellent chemicals than you use in bug spray, and can even kill mosquitoes on contact and future prevention. Depending on the pest control service, you can see up to 12 weeks of mosquito control (your whole summer!). 

If mosquitoes are already threatening to ruin your summer, don’t waste any more money on candles or grocery store yard sprays. It’s time to enlist professional pest control to keep your family comfortable and safe all summer long. Call today to talk to one of our experts and to get a free quote for our pest control services

Lawn Care & Gardening: What Not To Grow in Utah?

What Not To Grow in Utah

Growing a garden is a labor of love. It takes careful planning, daily dedication, and even investigative problem-solving. The results are rewarding–and delicious. But after all the time and attention you invest in your garden, it can be incredibly disheartening to find that your plants aren’t growing. You may need to adjust your watering schedule or find soil additives that can boost your plant growth. Some plants, though, simply aren’t going to flourish in our beautiful desert mountain climate. 

We can help you manage your lawn and weed control, but today we’re going to share what we’ve learned about successful yards and gardens so that you can plan mindfully and avoid problems before they start. 

What Not to Grow in Utah

Utah has a unique climate that is dry and hot but with the threat of cold and even snow in the early spring. Depending on your area of the state, your soil may feature differing pH levels, but most of Utah features alkaline soils. There is a wide range of plants, fruits, and vegetables that thrive in Utah gardens and yards. 

Unfortunately, not everything is going to grow successfully here. Of course, Utah isn’t known for citrus fruits, since we simply don’t have the warm and humid climate necessary for year-round growth. If your heart is set on a lemon or orange tree, you may be able to keep it alive with indoor/outdoor gardening and careful maintenance, but understand the burden you’ll be undertaking. Avoid planting new trees and vegetable plants in an area with deer and local wildlife unless you have a sturdy, impenetrable fence as these animals can rapidly destroy a well-cultivated garden. 

Invasive Spreading Plants

Some plants may be desirable due to their appearance, or that they’re a low maintenance option in our dry climate. However, you need to be careful about the plants you introduce to your garden or yard. Invasive plants will proliferate, filling the designated space and then some. Invasive plants can completely take over your garden and even steal the necessary resources (sunlight, water, and soil nutrients) from other plants. Sometimes these plants are marketed as “fast-growing,” which can seem appealing to those looking for shade and luscious foliage quickly, but the plants can crowd out other plant life and even threaten fragile ecosystems. Examples of invasive plants Utahns experience are: 

  • English Ivy
  • Chinese wisteria
  • Bamboo
  • Scotch broom shrubs
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Princess trees
  • Russian olive trees

A Good Rule of Green Thumb

If you are unsure of what to plant in your Utah yard or garden, head to your local nursery. Generally, a nursery will only sell plants that can succeed in the local area. Talk to a gardening expert about your yard, hours of sunlight, wind protection, soil, drainage, and desired level of effort. Your local nursery will have the best guidance for planning, planting, and nurturing a garden that meets your needs and desires. 

A healthy yard and garden free from destructive pests and choking weeds is a critical foundation for any home gardener. All Green Pest Control can help you manage your lawn fertilization and weed control to strengthen your yard and garden this summer. 

Trimmers and Edgers: Are They Worth the Investment?

Trimmers and Edgers: Are They Worth the Investment?

It’s essential to keep your lawn mowed and trimmed so that your home looks well taken care of. Keeping your grass mowed and the edges trimmed also keeps it lush, leaving you with a green lawn year-round. When it comes to doing edge work, you’ll have to pick between a trimmer or an edger. 

The following information can help you determine which is best for your lawn. 

The Right Tools for the Right Job

Some people by a trimmer and try to use it as an edger in hopes of creating a clean edge where their lawn meets a sidewalk, path, or driveway. Depending on your tool, you can even reposition your trimmer’s head to make it easier to edge. However, these tools serve separate purposes; although a trimmer is good for maintaining edges, a dedicated edger does an excellent job at creating edges. 

Find out more about the differences between trimmers and edgers in today’s blog. 

When Should I Use a Trimmer?

Trimmers are perfect for cutting around obstacles, such as walls, light posts, and other areas your lawnmower can’t squeeze into. If your tool’s head is repositionable, you can use it to maintain your lawn’s edges. Use a trimmer every time you mow your lawn to finish off areas your mower can’t reach and to trim the grass around your edges for a clean-cut look. 

Although there are different types of trimmers, we recommend you use a classic, string one. String trimmers use a string to cut grass, and you should only use them to maintain your lawn because they are more of a hassle to use when it comes to creating fresh edges. 

It’s important to note that some string trimmers run on electricity, so you’ll need to buy an extension cord if you choose to go this route. 

When Should I Use an Edger?

Most edgers come with a vertical spinning, metal blade that can cut through thick grass and roots. Since these tools are more heavy-duty than trimmers, they’re bigger and designed to be more stable on the ground. 

We recommend you go with a light-weight stick edger, which is the same size as a string trimmer; however, it’s more powerful. Using this tool will give you a straighter line, and you’ll get the job done faster. This tool works best for creating new edges on your lawn. 

If you select an edger, you should edge your lawn once a month, as long as the soil is dry. This tool digs deeper than a trimmer, which can create a separation between your lawn and concrete. 

Need to Upkeep Your Lawn? All Green Pest Control Can Help

Now that you know which tools to use to maintain your lawn, you can keep it looking luscious. But what if you don’t have the time to upkeep it? All Green Pest Control specializes in lawn care and pest control so that we can take care of your lawn. 

We’re a licensed, professional company that is dedicated to providing a positive experience for our customers. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties. Reach out to us for a free quote

   
Best Vegetables to Plant

Best Vegetables to Plant

Growing your own vegetable garden is an exercise that balances indulgence and practicality. Not only will you have the fixings for a salad right outside your door when you grow your own vegetables, but you’ll also be getting the most nutritional bang for your buck. 

Stay tuned to learn more about the benefits of growing your own vegetable garden. 

Why Should I Grow a Vegetable Garden?

For starters, it’s much healthier to grow your own food because you’ll be fully aware of what has gone into your crop. Sadly, many people are intimidated to take on this project, but starting a garden is easy if you select the right crops. Best of all, many crops yield a delicious product and don’t require too much work. 

We compiled a list of the easiest vegetables to grow to motivate you to begin your gardening journey. Consider planting the following three vegetables.

1. Lettuce

Lettuce is a cool weather plant that’s perfect for growing in the early spring or fall. You can grow several lettuce types, including leaf lettuce or head lettuce, such as Romaine and Iceberg. If you live in a colder region, you’ll be pleased to learn that lettuce seedlings can handle frost, and they do well as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. 

Not only is lettuce a staple vegetable, but it’s also accessible. You can buy lettuce seeds at your local grocery store, or you can pick up lettuce plants at your local nursery. 

2. Green Beans

Green beans are an easy plant to grow with an abundant harvest. There are various types of green beans, such as half runners and bush beans. Half runners are tender beans that pair well with most meals, but they run along a vine, so you’ll need a spacious backyard to accommodate them. Furthermore, these beans have strings, so you’ll need to string them before you can enjoy them. 

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance green bean plant, then bush beans may be right for you. You can just walk along your row of green beans and pull them directly off the bush, no strings attached! You’ll need to plant your bush beans in well-drained soil and ensure they receive direct sunlight. Remember to place a thick layer of compost over your rows. Once you go over your rows with a rake and cover your seeds with compost, you’ll have tiny green bean plants sprouting in your garden in weeks. 

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most sought-after vegetables year-round. Nothing compares to the rich, juicy taste of a homegrown tomato! Tomatoes come in all varieties, from beefsteak tomatoes to yellow tomatoes, to purple Cherokee—the list goes on, and you’re sure to find one that thrills your taste buds. These vegetables love the heat and hate the cold, so it’s best to grow them in the summer. We recommend you grow yours indoors for the first 4-6 weeks before transporting them outdoors. 

Contact All Green Pest Control

These are just a few vegetable garden ideas, and there are many more you can choose from. Once you start or expand your garden, you’ll need to stay on top of lawn fertilization and pest control so that you can grow the healthiest vegetables possible.

All Green Pest Control can handle those garden pests and provide you with quality lawn fertilization, so you won’t have to spend your days off tending to your garden.

We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties. Contact us for a free quote. 

   
Plants That Can Handle Hot Temperatures

Plants That Can Handle Hot Temperatures

Summer is around the corner, and you’ll probably want to spend your time outdoors to enjoy Utah’s hot temperatures. Fortunately, you can make your garden as colorful, vibrant, and lush as your springtime landscape.

Find out which plants can beat the heat. 

Not All Plants Are Heat Tolerant

Most plants depend on transpiration (water loss due to evaporation) to remain cool; this is why it’s essential to water your plants multiple times a day when it’s hot. If your plants can’t cool down, most of their cellular membranes and proteins may die out. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have time to water your plants frequently, so we recommend you stick to heat-tolerant ones.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss four different plants that can handle scorching weather and make your garden stand out.

1. Lantanas

Lantanas are native to the tropics, so they love hot and humid weather. These plants grow best in well-drained, moist soil, but they can withstand a drought. Not only do they thrive in the sun, but they bloom year-round in clusters of red, pink, yellow, orange, and white. These flowers are perfect for plating around the perimeters of vegetable gardens because hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies won’t damage them. We recommend you place them next to plants that need pollination, such as melons and squash. 

2. Cosmos

Cosmos are tall, beautiful annuals native to Mexico, so they’re familiar with excessive heat and drought. If you want to add more color to your space and not have to worry about maintenance, you can’t go wrong with cosmos. Consider planting them if you have a desert garden with low soil levels. You may be surprised to learn this, but fertile soil can weaken these plants, making them floppy. We recommend you plant these in flower beds you haven’t used in a while. 

3. Marigolds

Marigolds are usually at the top of every ideal warm-weather flower list, and for a good reason: they’re a classic container and bedding plant. These plants are popular because they’re easy to grow, come in cheerful orange and yellow tones, and flourish in the summer. Be sure to plant them in well-drained soil and in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. Remember to water them at the root and allow the soil to dry out in between waterings.

4. Salvias

Salvias, also known as sages, are long-blooming plants that are simple to grow and are low-maintenance. These plants hail from Mediterranean countries, so they’re heat-tolerant and fine with minimal summer watering. You’ll also be pleased to learn they’re deer-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about hungry fawn approaching them. The most radiant salvias contain masses of blue or purple flowers that can bloom all summer long and attract pollinators. 

All Green Pest Control Can Help

Now that you know some of the plants that love the sun, you can start preparing your garden for the summer. You’ll need to practice lawn care and pest control to get the most out of your garden. All Green Pest Control can do the work for you, as we’re experts at weeding, fertilizing, seeding, trimming, pest control, and more. We serve Provo and all areas along the Wasatch Front. Request a quote today

Can You Make Fertilizer For Your Lawn?

Can You Make Fertilizer?

Organic gardening plays a critical role in both our physical wellbeing and the environment’s health. There’s a variety of all-natural fertilizers you can use in your garden or with potting soil. Best of all, you can make some of these fertilizers at home with everyday household items from your backyard or pantry. 

Stay tuned to learn more about the benefits of DIY fertilizer.

Healthy Plants Sprout from Healthy Soil

Well-fed plants blossom faster and healthier than those without fertilizer. Since most people don’t make fertilizer, they resort to buying it at the store. Although this is convenient, store-bought ones typically contain chemicals that are harmful to your crops, and they’re not environmentally friendly. 

Furthermore, fertilizer can be pricey, and you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money when you can make your own. In today’s blog, we’ll teach you five ways to make fertilizer that won’t break the bank.

1. Grass Clippings

If you boast an organic lawn, you can collect your grass clippings to use as fertilizer. All you need is an inch of clippings to reap the benefits of a quality weed-blocking mulch. Moreover, it’s rich in nitrogen, which is an essential plant nutrient. 

2. Kitchen Scraps

Give your kitchen and garden scraps a second life and use them as compost. Because compost releases nutrients slowly, your garden will be able to go approximately two years without fertilizer reapplication. Additionally, it helps soil retain moisture, which is crucial for vegetables to thrive during dry summers. 

3. Tree Leaves

Instead of bagging your fall leaves and putting them out on your curb, you can collect them for your garden. Leaves contain trace minerals, so they attract earthworms, retain moisture, and make heavy soils lighter. 

You can mix leaves into your potting soil, or use them as a mulch to keep weeds at bay and fertilize your plants. 

4. Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds make an excellent fertilizer because several types of plants, such as tomatoes, blueberries, and roses, thrive in acidic soil. You can sprinkle the used grounds over the surface of the soil, or you can pour a few tablespoons of coffee onto your plants. Soak up to five cups of used coffee grounds for up to a week to make garden coffee. 

5. Eggshells

If you’ve ever used lime on your plants, you’re probably aware of its benefits. Lime can lower your soil’s acidity, which is ideal for plants that don’t need much acid. Furthermore, it provides them with calcium, which is an essential nutrient. 

You can buy lime as an all-natural fertilizer at your local garden center, but if you’d rather save money, consider using eggshells as an alternative. Simply wash out your eggshells and crush them over your plants. It turns out; they’re 93% calcium carbonate, which is the scientific name for lime. 

All Green Pest Control Can Help

Do you need a break from caring for your lawn? Although making fertilizer is feasible, you may not have the time to tend to your plants. All Green Pest Control specializes in lawn fertilization, and we’d love to help your lawn reach peak growth and performance. Contact us today for a free quote.