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A Guide to Organic Gardening

There are many reasons for wanting to garden organically. Chemicals and pesticides in the garden may well kill off unwanted pests but it will affect the natural food chain. Birds and larger mammals end up being deprived of food. As well as harming wildlife, chemicals and pesticides can be dangerous to the environment around us, pose a hazard to our own health as well as those around us. Here are some garden landscaping ideas to begin gardening organically.

How to get rid of weeds organically

Weed killer uses chemicals which are dangerous to the environment and wildlife. There are other methods to get rid of weeds in the garden such as:

• Cutting back or mowing over those weeds that have shallow roots.
• Digging out deep roots of persistent weeds such as bindweed.
• Use mulch on soil to prevent weeds growing through. Organic mulch can include leaves, sawdust, straw or even manmade materials such as newspaper which will prevent sunlight getting through to the soil.
• Prevent weeds growing through at all by changing your garden landscaping. Try planting shrubs and plants closer together.

How to remove pests organically

It’s frustrating when you’re a keen gardener to find pests and insects ruining your plants. But rather than resorting to chemicals and insecticides which are harmful to the environment, try these organic garden landscaping ideas instead.

Regularly check your plants for pests and remove any that you find by shaking the plant or give them a sharp blast with a powerful jet of water. You can also try placing a dry barrier method around your plants to deter snails and slugs. Materials that work well include wool, oats, crushed eggshells or sand.

Encourage different wildlife into your garden such as birds and different plants. The biodiversity of nature will then work well together to manage pests.

How to enrich your soil

Soil filled with nutrients is essential to an organic garden as it will encourage plants to grow without the need for any chemically based feed. Start your own compost by filling a bin with a mixture of grass, leaves, weeds, straw and kitchen waste containing vegetable and fruit peelings. Avoid meat or dairy as this will attract pests and vermin.

Once the compost is ready, you can spread this over the soil in your flowerbeds which will naturally enhance the soil without the need for hazardous chemicals.

How to make your plants flourish

Choose plants that are native to your area as they will grow well in your area. If they’re local to your environment, the garden landscaping will need very little maintenance which means you won’t have to rely on chemicals or additives to make them grow.

Try a variety of flowering plants to attract pollinators and other benign insects that will keep unwanted pests away and encourage your plants to grow.

Need help getting started with organic gardening?

As experts in garden landscaping, we have plenty of experience in setting up organic gardens for our clients. We believe in gardening organically and ethically where possible to keep plants, soil, the local wildlife and environment happy.

We can give advice in all matters of organic garden landscaping including weeding, feeding and choosing local plants.

Get in touch to see how D&G Garden World can help with organic gardening throughout Upminster, Brentwood and Hornchurch.