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English Ivy is a wonderful groundcover and makes a home look lovely, lived in, and comfy. There is a problem, however. Ivy can kill trees and other plants. It can also cause extensive damage to foundations, siding, and chimneys. An alternative is what I call “Landscape Toupees.” Some people might call fake flowers and foliage an abomination. I call it creative and colorful. They are economical and save time as well. You don’t need to fertilize or water, and they can be reused. You usually only see silk and plastic trees and flowers for inside usage, and it is true that they will not last quite as long outside as they do inside. But, these delightful faux flowers and artificial vines look beautiful and will probably get you through several seasons. My Landscape Toupees allow me to sculpt and cover problem areas in an instant. We have down spouts that look cold and ugly, but with plastic ivy strung around them, they take on a great look.
One window in our living room looks out onto a downspout. Now, it looks out onto an ivy covered architectural feature that has color and charm. You can also use fake vines to hide cables and wires. Some vines have small attachments so you can loop them on hooks, or a staple gun can give you fast placement, which reminds me of hair plugs. We bought some decorative and expensive grass last year that is taking a while to flourish. I purchased some darts of grass leaves and threw them into brown clumps of grass for shocks of healthy green. As the grass matures and takes hold, I will migrate the darts elsewhere. Since people don’t expect plastic in gardens, they take them at face value. They expect them to be real, and so they are real. Landscape Toupees are a great decorative tool for your yard and garden. You don’t need to be ashamed of using fake foliage. Use it as you need it, and improve the outside of your home quickly, and economically.
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Garden and Guns
Who is this garden, garbage, eating grub, gun slinging bandits; none other than raccoon. Paul McCartney and John Lennon while in India wrote the song “Rocky Raccoon”. There are many ideas about that meaning. The Beatles did indicate that the song should be understood literally. A love triangle vanishes. As in the old west with parties and brothels, a gun battle takes place by leaving a significant or perhaps severe injury; Rocky was at the wrong end of the gun. After seeing the doctor he headed to his room to recover or die. What parallels can be found in small places like songs. In our story, there is an inevitable struggle when trying to remove or control raccoons from destroying homes, gardens, and other places that are very disturbing to these pesky animals. Known for their bandit masks and easily recognizable tail strips, raccoons have developed loyal followers.
Many, naively, feed wild raccoons on their verandas or make efforts to tame these wild animals. Justifying every wild animal rarely has a favorable outcome. It’s important to be careful than to mix it with the territorial raccoon. They are demons. Despite their looks and ingenuity it looks amazing – raccoons destroy properties, roofs, chimneys, roofs, lawn and gardens. They are a disease vector, carrying rabies and a fatal round worm species. Pets and other animals affected by distemper can be affected. Are they so funny? Raccoons live in urban areas, under houses, in chimneys, open roofs and gullies to name a few. Their food is plenty. Raccoon forage from garbage can to trash can. They destroyed city gardens and fruit trees. One of their favorites seems to be dog and cat food. In this area override raccoon nests like roofs and under houses, is key to being controlled. Trash can be removed as well as animal feed. Fencing with electric wires around gardens, trees and other problem areas can be effective against climbing and excavation.