You love to garden. You don’t like the pests that come with it. They can eat up all the vegetables you spent weeks cultivating in a short time. They can infect your garden with diseases that render it unfit for human consumption. Here are some tips to help you control garden pests so you can have a healthier garden.
The first tip is to actively monitor your garden so you identify pest problems early. The most common garden pests are insects, birds, rabbits and weeds. They can do a lot of damage to your garden if they are not detected early enough. The key to early detection is systematically checking your garden for evidence of damage. You should check at least three times a day or more depending on the size of your garden. Take action the moment you detect any pests. The damaging effects they create tend to spread rapidly throughout your garden.
The second tip is to plant strategically so you can attract your pests predators. What type of garden do you want to plant? What pests will likely be attracted to your garden? What predators can do them in? If you know the type of garden you want then you can identify which pests may pose the most problems. The most successful gardeners intersperse their garden with items likely to attract their pests nemesis. For example, if you want to plant vegetables then you may want to plant flowers with them. Your vegetables may attract certain bugs that will damage them so plant flowers that attract other insects that eat them. This is natures way of balancing the food chain and one way you can effectively protect your garden from pests.
The third tip is to use organic pesticides only when other pest control techniques have failed. There are times when you will have to use chemicals to treat major pest problems. A major infestation of various diseases can quickly spread throughout your whole garden living you little choice. This can happen when you do not identify pest problems early. It can also happen if other techniques fail to contain the problems. Organic chemicals may be a better choice because of the potentially damaging long-term side-effects of man made sprays. You should give careful consideration to the type of chemicals you decide to use. Remember to protect your skin when using these products as they can cause serious health effects.
These 3 tips can help you prevent the damage that pests can cause to your garden. Remember that early identification and action is always the best prevention.