If you don’t have an effective garden pest control strategy for your garden, it could be vulnerable to all kinds of critter attacks.
There is no way to completely turn insects away from your garden, they have evolved over thousands of years living in this type of habitat, but not all insects will cause harm to your garden. In fact, some creatures will actually help you to control other types of critters, keeping them from attacking your valuable plants.
The problem normally lies with certain types of insects that come in force to attack your plants.
The First Steps are ‘Prevention’
believe it or not, just by keeping your growing area as clean and tidy as possible, you are actually at your first stage of effective garden pest control.
The fact is, if you are able to give your plants the right growing environment, they will grow to be stronger anyway. This means keeping the soil rich in nutrients, giving the plants a healthy amount of space and enough water, as well as ensuring there are as fewer weeds as possible.
This is your first step to pest control in your garden – just good growing practice.
Nature’s Answers to Pests
Another great natural method for effective garden pest control is to attract those insects or animals that do the job for you. Certain insects such as beetles and some types of spiders are very useful for capturing and devouring those pesky little bugs that take a liking to your prized cabbages or other scrumptious food you happen to be growing.
Birds, Beetles, Ladybirds, frogs, and even hedgehogs; these are all great creatures that will naturally help keep your garden healthy and free from garden pests.
If you’re really struggling to keep your garden free from pest attacks, you may wish to try a chemical solution, although I’d suggest that these really should be a last resort as it’s common for chemical products to be dangerous to both your plant and to you. The chemicals used will poison the pests and potentially wipe out their population, however as mentioned it could be damaging to your plants and the future growth prospects of your soil – bearing in mind that any food you grow in it will possibly end up with some of the chemicals in the food you are going to eat.
The best way to keep on top of garden pest control is to frequently examine your plants; new or old. These critters can move-in quickly, so if you are taking a close at your plants every two or three days you should be able to notice the beginnings of any infestations. This method will give you a clear and up-to-date indication of your pest situation.
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