Each year, many gardener’s buy strong insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides. I am sure that many of them work very well. However, they are expensive, dangerous, and may or may not work. This article will give you some helpful hints that you might want to try that are ECO friendly.
Moles; Have long been a major problem for many yard caretakers and gardeners. People have used poison peanuts, traps, and other ideas to get rid of them. I recently discovered another way. Go to your grocery store and by Comet. Comet is a kitchen sink cleaner. Place it in their runs. They will eat it and die. For some reason, they like the taste.
Ants; Spray full strength Vinegar. Apply this to the ground area near your plants. If they are coming into your house, spray near door stops. If it rains respray. Do his every two or three days. You can also use salt or baking soda near your doors, too. I wouldn’t use it in the garden area though. Although ants burrow below ground, most of their traffic is above ground.
Rabbits; Can just destroy a garden in a small amount of time. Soak corncobs in vinegar. You will want to soak them overnight. Then just place them around your garden area. The soaking will last about two weeks. You can also trap rabbits. This web site article will explain how. How to build a wooden Rabbit trap. Then you can do what you want with the rabbits.
Cats; Do you have cats that like to dig and use your garden as their personal bathroom? Once again, use full strength vinegar and spray the area and spray around the border as well. You will need to spray every few days.
Slugs; Just spray full strength vinegar on the slugs close up. It will kill them. Be careful where you spray because, vinegar will kill Salvias too.
Fruit Fly Traps; I have had major issues with these insects. When I have friends on my deck for a meal, they decide to eat,too. You can build some effective traps. They won’t get the all but, they will get a lot. You can use these on fruit trees, too.
Take one cup of water, half a cup of cider vinegar, one fourth cup of sugar, one tablespoon of molasses. Mix it all together. Now take old tin cans without lids and drill or punch a hole on each side of the can by the top. Place a wire handle through the holes and secure them by twisting the wire. Put about an inch of the mixture in each can. Now hang them n your fruit trees are at strategic areas near your patio or deck. Refill and clean the traps as needed.
Weeds; Mix one quart of boiled water, two tablespoons of salt, five tablespoons of vinegar and mix it together. Now apply it to weeds while still hot. This works great for weeds growing in cracks on your pavement or walk area.
It is really amazing what other uses for vinegar can do as well.