Spring is approaching and it’s time to plan your garden to ensure the best harvest with your new crops. A common issue for gardeners of all experience levels is garden pest control. Although some garden insects and rodents can help your crops, other uninvited guests are known to wreak havoc when they are in your garden.
A healthy garden starts with flowers and plants that encourage a healthy ecosystem. There are plants and flowers that discourage some insects from infiltrating your garden, and there are other plants and flowers that actually invite other insects to join the fun. The key is knowing which insects your desired crops will attract, and understanding the proper plants and flowers you can plant that will repel pests that will destroy your crops.
Bugs to Love and Bugs to Hate
The most popular complaint for gardeners is aphids, which are small insects that appear in large quantities. These little pests enjoy new growth, especially leaves, eating away at them causing issues in the early growth of your crops. In addition, there are grasshoppers, leaf miners, grubs, tomato hornworms, Japanese beetles, deer, squirrels and other live animals that also love to feast on new foliage.
Friends of Your Garden
Many of the pests that you don’t want in your garden, are naturally averse to certain insects. This is the key to organic gardening; so if you are considering an organic garden, keep in mind which insects to keep and which ones to kick out. Here’s a short list of insects to keep around:
- Hover Flies
- Spiders and mites
Preventing insect damage in your garden is a task, but possible with a little planning, so expect to get your hands dirty. Below are only a start to preventing unwanted pests into your garden:
- Keep foliage dry
Wet foliage attracts mold, fungus and undesirable insects to your garden. Water your plants in the early morning to allow the sun to dry excess water from the leaves and stems.
- Reduce insect habitat
- Send mixed signals
Plant a diverse mixture of crops to confuse insects. Insect pests are plant specific and with plants are mixed, pests are less likely to spread throughout an entire crop.
- Maintain healthy soil
Learn natural composting methods including mulching and top-dress your soil to provide a fertile environment for plants to grow strong.
- Remove weak and disinfected plants
Weak plants may attract predators. Pull, remove and discard.
- Fencing and traps
For animal pests such as deer, rabbits or squirrels, build fencing and structures around your garden to keep animals out.
Ready to garden?
Are you eager to plant your seeds and get going on your garden? This is understandable. For most beginning gardeners, or those who are short on time, consider the help of an experienced professional with safeguarding their new garden. Contact STINGER Pest Solutions to learn how to safeguard yours.