A lot of people panic at the sight of garden pests and reach for the insecticide spray. However, you should know that healthy plants can usually tolerate them, and some of these pests are even food for various beneficial insects. In this post, we’re going to talk about how you can control the most common garden pests and create a healthy balance.
Every gardener knows that they need to keep their plants healthy by providing water and rich, well-drained soil, and prevent a buildup of garden pests by planting the crops in a different spot every year. You can also encourage beneficial creatures, like birds, hoverflies and frogs, by providing suitable food and safe habitats. This will help sustain the natural balance in your garden, with the animals reducing the pest numbers. This way, there will be significantly less need for chemical intervention.
It is very important to catch any problems early. That’s why you should check your plants often for garden pests, since small numbers cause less damage and are easier to deal with. Look out for leaf damage or curling, droppings or sticky honeydew on foliage. It is also a good idea to take some preventative measures, since some garden pests, like slugs and carrot flies attack your crops and by the time you notice the damage, it may be too late.
Planting flowers alongside your crops is a way to attract beneficial insects, like lacewings, which prey on garden pests. Barriers, like fleece and netting, can effectively keep pests away from your plants. Placing sticky sheets in your greenhouse is another way to reduce the number of garden pests, by trapping the flying pests. Copper tape, fixed around pots, will help you stop slugs from attacking, since the metal reacts with their slime and gives them an electric shock. Netting will stop hungry birds and insects from feasting on your fruit crops. Horticultural fleece proves effective against carrot flies attacks. If you must use pesticides, keep in mind that they also kill the beneficial creatures too, so you need to be very careful and follow all the instructions on the label.
Now that spring is here and the plants are starting to grow, you will start noticing the first attacks from garden pests. You can do some research and find out which are the most common trouble-makers in your area, and take the necessary preventative measures. If you want to grow healthy plants, keep the natural balance in your garden.