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How to Keep a Maintained Garden and Pests Out

How to Keep a Maintained Garden and Pests Out

Pests are prevalent in gardens and do not threaten your plants if they are in low numbers. When their numbers increase, they can damage your plants and cause a massive loss. The most common way to get rid of these burdening creatures is synthetic chemical pesticides. Gardeners are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of exposure to chemicals.

So how do you control pests? You’ve heard the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ This applies to gardening too! Preventing pests from attacking your plants is the most successful technique. You can apply these practical techniques to ensure pests do not attack your plants. Here are some valuable tips that we recommend to gardeners to help them maintain a healthy garden:

 

Preventing pests in your garden: 5 Strategies for Success

Choosing Plants Wisely

Did you know that there are plants that are more resistant to pests than other plants? Choosing a pest-resistant plant variety to plant in your garden can go a long way in reducing the number of pests. For instance, “Royal Acorn” and “Butternut” are plant varieties that are very resistant to squash bugs, while the “King Harry Potato” is very resistant to Colorado Potato Beetles. Find out the type of pest plaguing your garden and research the best plant variety to plant to check their numbers.

Encouraging Beneficial Insects in Your Garden

Yes, pollinators are beneficial, but did you know that some insects feed on the destructive pests that destroy your plants? Damsel bugs, parasitic wasps, minute pirate bugs, lacewings, ladybugs, etc., are some of the beneficial insects that feed on pests and help keep their numbers in check. If you want to attract these beneficial insects to your garden, ensure that you do not spray your garden with synthetic chemical pesticides and provide a nectar source for them that is rich in carbohydrates. Find out the best plants to use to attract these insects and maintain an excellent balance to keep the number of pests in check.

Intercropping

The diversity in your garden can help to control pests. Pests will have a more challenging time finding their favorite plants if your garden has a lot of flowering annuals, herbs, and vegetables. It is bad to plant a single plant variety in a block or row. Instead, mix as many vegetables as you can to help control the pests.

Use of Physical Barriers

Putting up a physical barrier to prevent contact between pests and your plants is helpful to ensure that they do not get destroyed by the pests. If your garden has plants susceptible to pests, cover them with floating row covers. They are the spun-bound and lightweight fabric that rests on a wire hoop to protect the plant. Ensure not to wrap up your plants tightly and pin the fabric to the ground. However, the barriers should be removed once your plant’s flower to allow pollination.

Also, it is a good idea to have a physical barrier around your garden to keep other destructive agents out. Surround your gardens with aluminum fences to keep your plants protected.

Grow Healthy Plant

You might think this is very obvious, but it is one of the key features determining which plants are attacked by pests. Plants also have immune systems. A completely unstressed and healthy plant is less likely to be attacked by pests than an unhealthy plant. They also have many ways to deter the said pests by applying some cool defense systems. You can promote the health of the plants in your garden by ensuring you provide rich organic matter to supplement their nutrients. Plant them in good conditions and ensure that all the necessary nutrients are available – sunshine, shade, nutrients, and water. Remember, the healthier your plants are, the less likely they will be damaged by pests.

Controlling the pests in your garden is as simple as applying these simple and natural techniques. The techniques are long-term and have the advantage of improving the health of your soil by reducing damage from synthetic chemical pesticides. Apply these techniques in your garden today and enjoy the benefits of a healthy, pest-free garden.

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Author:  McKenzie Jones

 

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