How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garden
It is normal for gardeners to see pests in the gardens from time to time, as well as deal with diseases. There are endless potential problems gardeners may experience; however, you can fight back against the annoying predators lurking around your garden. You can get rid of such problems by using organic pesticides for your plants or simply practice organic gardening.
Below are simple, but useful organic tips that will protect your garden against common crises gardeners encounter in their flower and vegetable gardens
First of all, you need to understand that not all flying or crawling insects are dangerous for your garden; some insects help you to destroy other harmful insects in your garden. Ladybugs for examples control aphids. Apples, broccoli, and other food crops will fail without the presence of bees.
So, spraying pesticides or insecticides can destroy good bugs as well as bad bugs, and it should be avoided if possible.
Furthermore, good bugs such as dragonflies, honeybees, hoverfly, lacewings, ladybugs, and praying mantis should not be killed; they are beneficial to your garden.
However, larger insects and harmful caterpillars can be hand-picked if the infestation is limited instead of spraying your garden with insecticides. If you are not comfortable using your bare hands, you can put on garden gloves.
Furthermore, know your insects; different insects feast on different plants. So, learn what your plants are prone to and if the pest will cause any major damage. Some garden pests to look out for include cabbage worms, Japanese beetle, slugs, and squash bugs.
Remove and destroy infected plants as soon as possible; do not add them to your compost pile. Also, remove fallen fruits, dead leaves and other dirt that will attract pests.
Use organic insecticide and pesticides
Salt spray, garlic spray, and mineral spray are homemade insecticide for plants. Use natural insecticides and organic pesticides to ward off pests from your garden without causing harm to your plants as well as your health. Frequently reapply natural garden pesticides, especially during rainy climate for better results. If you are getting organic pest spray from the store, check the content to be sure it is organic; do not just believe the name of the product.
Some plants are prone to attack only when they are young and tender; physical barriers these types of plants are more appropriate to stop unwanted pests from entering your garden.
Row covers are lightweight fabric sheets for covering plants without smothering them; they allow light to pass through and are commonly used to protect young plants from light frosts. If you are a vegetable gardener, it is best to use row covers to protect your veggie crops from smaller animals and insects like rabbits, squirrels, birds, and caterpillars. Note that it is temporary for use only; you can remove it as soon as the stems are hardened. You can use organic pesticides to ward off pests.
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Fencing your garden is another way to keep animals out of your farm. However, there are different types of, and the nature of pests in your area determines which fence is suitable for your garden. If you have dogs, rabbits and other medium-sized animals around, a low fence is enough to keep them out. But if you have deer or other lager garden pests disturbing the neighborhood, you will need a taller fence to keep them out.