Have you ever experienced all your hard work put into cultivating the perfect plants go to waste just because of some pests? Gardening is something that requires a lot of hard work and attention. As a gardening enthusiast I can tell you it’s heartbreaking to see your plants destroyed overnight. However, with time and some sad experience I’ve compiled a few ways that can be used to get rid of the pests that seek to harm my crops. The following are a few of the most effective ways to keep the out of your garden.
Take Care of Your Soil
Soil is the most important thing to keep plants healthy and growing. If there’s a problem with the soil they’re planted in, they’ll suffer within a matter of days. Make sure your soil isn’t dry or hardened in any way. Be sure to add compost and fertilizer when required to provide the plants with the same nutrition as when they were planted. Unhealthy soil is a safe haven for pests and diseases to grow as are weeds. Make sure the soil and surrounding are rid of weeds that can not only absorb the nutrients meant for plants but can also be home to a wide variety of pests. Another point to note is you’re Jims mowing your lawn as overgrown grass can also host dreaded insects.
Include Space In-Between Plants
Some of you may be slightly puzzled and even slightly disgruntled at the idea of allowing space between your plants. Your plot of land may be smaller than what you need space for or you just might not be a fan of having seeing patches of dirt in-between your plants, especially owners of flower gardens. However, you need to understand that air circulation is crucial to plants. They need room to breathe or the tightly packed conditions will become the perfect breeding grounds for pests not to mention they will also become perfect hiding spots, making it even harder to notice them.
I’m sure a lot of you already use pesticides to get rid of the insects harming your garden. But why waste all that money and have all those chemicals sprayed all over your harvest, especially if you’re gardening vegetables or herbs? There are more than enough natural pesticides you can use which are just as effective in chasing away critters. Soap is one of the most successful ones I’ve used. You can mix soap up with a variety of other substances such as vegetable oil, pepper, vinegar and milk to make multiple pesticides to repel insects. Garlic is another natural substance that can be used to the same effect.
Set Up Covers
You can also provide a multitude of covers for your plants to protect them from pests. There are row covers that can cover up to a row of plants such as a cabbage that would prevent another row of the same harvest infected with pests reaching the aforementioned row. You can also use nets and plants collars. You can make plan collars at home simply with a piece of cardboard.
Cultivate Good Insects
Surprise, surprise not all insects are bad and out to destroy your hard work. There are a few insects willing to act as knights in shining armour for your garden and I strongly advise that you let them reign throughout your plants and do their job. To name a few, ladybugs, dragonflies, honeybees and praying mantises will be up to the task of having any other insects harming your garden for dinner. Encourage the growth of these insects in your garden and they will be unbelievably beneficial in protecting your plants.
These are only a few tips to help you save your garden from pests. To know more and make more of an effort to safeguard your plants, please do a more thorough research.