Practical Tips to Keep Pests Out Of Garden

Nothing can guarantee that your vegetable garden will be free of pests, but there are a few simple methods you may use to reduce the pest population. The most important thing is to avoid creating situations that attract pests in the first place. These suggestions will aid in the maintenance of your plants and their prevention from becoming infested.

Grow Resistant Varieties and Auxiliary Plants

Our first step is to choose varieties that are recognized to be resistant to typical insect infestations. A little bit of research in advance can save you a lot of headaches and damage in the long run.

You can try to deter pests by planting plants that they don’t like such as marigolds, lavender, or rosemary.  These plants release odors that pests find objectionable and will keep them away from your other plants.

Water in the Morning

Water in the morning is preferable. Not only will you avoid attracting pesky mosquitoes, but watering in the morning gives your plants a chance to dry off before evening. Wet foliage is more susceptible to fungal diseases and can attract aphids.

Remove Insects’ Habitat

Insects need food, water, and shelter to survive. Remove anything from your landscape that might provide these essentials and you will reduce the insect population around your home. This includes leaves, branches, vines, and other debris on the ground or hanging over plants.

Repellents, Barriers And Traps 

Mosquitoes are repelled and bugs kept out of your house and garden using insecticides, traps, barriers, and other strategies. There are many options on the market, so be sure to do your research and find the best repellent for your needs.

The use of barriers can also be helpful in keeping pests out of your garden. Make sure that any openings into your garden area are sealed off as much as possible with a physical barrier such as wire mesh or netting.

You can also use traps to attract and capture pests such as aphids, whiteflies, or thrips. Commercial traps are available, or you can make your own out of cardboard tubes coated with a sticky material like petroleum jelly or Tanglefoot

Attract Beneficial Bugs or Natural Predators

Beneficial insects include ladybugs, hoverflies, parasitic wasps, and lacewings – just to name a few. They help control pests by eating them or hatching their eggs inside them.  You can attract these helpful bugs to your garden by planting flowering plants that they like such as dill, yarrow, or borage. 

Some natural predators of common garden pests include spiders, ground beetles, frogs, and snakes. These creatures can be encouraged to take up residence in your garden by providing them with habitats such as logs and rocks, as well as food sources like insects or small rodents.

Birds are an important part of any garden ecosystem, and they love to feast on pesky insects. You can attract birds to your garden by providing them with food and water sources, as well as shelter in the form of trees and shrubs.

Oils And Soaps

Insecticidal oils and soaps are useful against sucking, soft-bodied bugs such as spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, and whitefly. These products should be used sparingly, as they can also harm beneficial insects and pollinators. 

Keep Plants Healthy

Finally, make certain that your plants are in top condition since healthy, robust plants are less vulnerable to pests.  Regular watering, fertilizing, and pruning will help your plants stay healthy and vigorous.

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