Not only is controlling your garden pests naturally a less expensive option, but it’s better for the environment, too. If you are trying to make the switch to green livin’ and are looking for some ways to incorporate your new mentality into your gardening methods, you’re in luck. As any gardener can attest to, pests are an unwelcome, nasty surprise that can turn your flourishing green garden into a warzone. However, there are numerous ways that you can protect your garden from all different kinds of pests naturally.
Perhaps shockingly, each year North American homes use more than 136 million pounds of pesticides on lawns, gardens, and even inside homes. And what’s worse? Residential homeowners use about three times the amount of pesticides as farmers. These are unfortunate statistics that highlight the importance of going green and turning to more eco-friendly practices all around.
In order to allow your garden to grow and provide you with all the veggies you could ever dream of this summer and fall, you should take the following into consideration, starting with prevention.
Many (new) gardeners may not realize this, but the easiest way to keep insects away and prevent damage to your garden from pests is to discourage them from ever coming in the first place. Here are a few preventative tips to help you get started with a healthy garden:
- Pull out any weak plants. Whether they are infected or not, weak plants will attract pests, so it is best to get rid of them as soon as possible.
- Use healthy, organic soil. Try your hand at composting, or at the very least buy good, organic soil at your local gardening store. By doing so and incorporating a natural fertilizer, you will be on the road to developing strong and vigorous plants.
- Try using seaweed mulch. This is a new one for many, but seaweed contains trace elements of iron, barium, calcium, sulfur, and magnesium, all of which promote healthy development in plants.
- Keep foliage dry. Your best bet is to water early in the day in order for foliage to be dry for most of the day. If possible, install a drip irrigation system in order to deliver water directly to the root systems without wetting the foliage. This is also a great way to conserve water and be more eco-friendly in general.
Introduce beneficial insects
Another great way to keep unwanted garden pests away naturally is to introduce beneficial insects to prey on harmful, garden-destroying insects and their larvae. There are many different species that are great for specific problems, including the following:
- Ichneumon Wasps. These are great insects that destroy leaf-eating caterpillars.
- Ladybugs. These colorful insects are perfect for getting rid of aphids, mites, whiteflies, and scale.
- Lacewings. These should be introduced if you would like to get rid of aphids and other common varieties of insect pests.
- Praying Mantis. These large insects have a taste for most pests that infiltrate your garden.
- Nematodes. These insects are effective against cutworms, beetles, and root weevil larvae.
These are just a few natural methods to help you get annoying garden pests away as well as how to get rid of them if happen to notice an infestation. There are numerous eco-friendly products on the market today that will help you keep your garden healthy, happy, and safe for you and your pets.
Source: Fix.com Blog
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