Even the most beautiful
gardens can lead to the company of unwanted creepy crawlers and pesky rodents
treating your plants like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Before resorting to
chemical pesticides to ward off garden pests, try using these all-natural home remedies
that are safer for the environment, animals and your family. And remember, some
creatures are beneficial to the health of your plants (while others remain a
not-so-welcome disturbance). Here’s how to battle off the bad ones.
Use Your Hands
Pests may not respond well to
words, but they don’t have much defense when it comes to your hands! Get rid of
big bugs like caterpillars, tomato hornworms and snails the old fashioned way –
by picking them off your plants. Grossed out? Wear gloves to ease the ick
It’s important to take certain
precautions when composting if you have a pest problem. First, don’t compost
diseased leaves. Make sure to pick them off and throw them away, or else the
disease will continue to spread. Second, cover up your compost pile – it will
help to discourage those troublesome raccoons from visiting your garden (and
hopefully your house too).
A fence is just about the best
protection to shield your garden from small rodents, rabbits, squirrels and insects.
There are many different types of fencing. If rabbits frequent your garden, be
sure to dig the fence deep into the ground to prevent them from digging around
it. Lightweight row covers (that basically look like sheets of fabric) are
effective in preventing insects and rodents from eating your crop.
Alternatively, lightweight netting is ideal for barricading birds away from
An all-natural alternative to
chemical pesticides, scent repellents such as garlic clips, castor oil and hot
pepper spray are effective solutions to deter most pests, as long as the usage
is monitored and applied regularly.
Remember that not all pests are harmful to your garden. Bugs like bees, certain species of beetles, ladybugs and praying mantis are actually beneficial to the life cycle of your plants, as they feed on the harmful pests that destroy your garden. Depending on the pest problem, it may be wise to let nature take its course!
Content courtesy of http://www.hgtv.ca
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