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Keeping Pests Out of Your Garden While Keeping Beneficial Bugs In

Creating a home garden can be a great way to get outside and enjoy crafting with your own two hands. However, one of the biggest problems that you’re going to face is bad bugs, also known as pests. Here are some tips for getting rid of pests while keeping those beneficial bugs in your garden.

Keeping Pests Out of Your Garden While Keeping Beneficial Bugs In

Use Plants That Attract Beneficial Bugs

One of the most beneficial bugs that you can attract to your garden is the spider. They work to spin webs that catch unwanted pets throughout your garden. Spiders tend to be attracted to plants that are low to the ground. Some of these include St. John’s Wort, sweet alyssum, petunias, asters, and polygoniums. It’s a good idea to consider what plants your beneficial bugs are attracted to so you can include them in your garden design.

Make Ladybugs Your Friend

If you’re building a vegetable garden, then you need to have ladybugs on your side. These beneficial bugs will eat up to 60 aphids per day. Aphids are harmful pests that can kill your vegetable plants. Ladybugs will also eat leafhoppers, mites, larvae, and mealy bugs. To enact this type of pest control you’ll need to plant flowers that attract ladybugs around your garden. Some of these include marigolds, angelica, sunflowers, cosmos, fennel goldenrod, and yarrow.

Getting Rid of Those Pesky Ants

Ants can wreak havoc on your garden. They’ll chew up your leaves and kill all of your plants in a matter of weeks. To stop them in their tracks, you’ll need something more inventive than ant spray. Realize that ant spray can be dangerous to your other plants. Instead, consider feeding the ants something that their bodies are unable to digest. Cinnamon, cayenne pepper, artificial sweetener, and cornmeal are all good options.

Utilize Barriers

Physical barriers can be a great way to keep pests out. Simple copper rings at the base of your plants can discourage pests like snails and slugs. A floating row cover that is carefully laid over your plants can deter bean beetles, squash vine borers, and cabbage loopers. For bigger pests, a wire fence can do the job. Talk to a pest control company for more suggestions to protect your garden.

Preventing pests from getting in your garden is a two-fold approach. First, you want to create some physical barriers and second, you want to encourage the presence of beneficial bugs. The above are some great tips to help you achieve both strategies for your home garden.

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Author Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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