1). To prevent animals from digging up and eating your bulbs, before you plant them, wrap them in a thin layer of steel wool. 2. ) Washing Up liquid makes a great insecticidal soap when you mix it with water. Take 1 to 3 tablespoons of washing up liquid, mix it into 1 gallon of water, put it in a spray bottle and spray the entire plant. 3. ) Cut fresh flower stems at an angle, it creates a larger surface area for the flower to draw up more water and remember to put your flowers into water immediately, if you don’t air pockets will form in the stems and cause the flowers to droop. 4. ) When planting trees bury some old garden hose alongside the roots, when you fill in the hole leave the other end of the garden hose out of the ground. This allows you to water the roots directly. 5. ) Use bubble wrap to line the pots of container grown plants it will keep them warm during the winter months. 6. ) Use old knitwear or newspapers for a low cost hanging basket liners.
7. ) Make sure you get a level edge when pruning garden hedges by fastening a length of rope to two points across the top. 8. ) Salted boiling water makes an excellent weed killer on paths and driveways. 9. ) Stop cats climbing into your garden by spraying your wooden fences with surgical spirit. 10.) Deter dogs with unwanted perfume and aftershave and liberal sprinklings of pepper.