Gardens require a significant amount of care and consideration, and introducing toxic substances may not always be a good idea. This is especially true when you want to preserve its natural beauty or if you’re growing vegetables that you intend to serve on your kitchen table. For many home gardens, the ideal way to keep pests out is through organic or non-invasive means.
Here are some ways you can keep pests from destroying your plants without jeopardizing all the hard work you’ve put into them:
1. Barriers and Repellents
There are plenty of natural repellants available on today’s market, but you can also try to make some of them yourself. For example, you can use copper tape as a barrier to keep snails from eating up your crops. You can also apply light netting on vegetables to prevent birds, insects, and other critters from doing any damage.
2. Botanical Pesticides
A quick solution to getting rid of pests that have already infested your garden is by using natural pesticides. These mixtures are designed to be toxic enough to effectively neutralize pests while leaving your plants unharmed. You may use these pesticides from time to time, but for the most part, it’s always a good idea to focus on prevention before anything else.
3. Other Insects
As contradictory as it may sound, some insects are incredibly beneficial in keeping your garden pest-free. In fact, a number of species can even help cultivate your crops further! The best known insects for pest control are ladybugs, which feed on destructive critters such as aphids; bumblebees, which improve pollination and growth of your plants; lacewings, which are also known for gobbling up aphids; and praying mantises, which are notoriously aggressive against smaller insects.
4. Oils and Powders
Applying oils on plants can drown and smother pests, while leaving your crops untouched. Other oils like peppermint can also keep mice out, due to its strong smell. Powder, on the other hand, causes dehydration and respiratory problems for pests, which can oftentimes be enough to eliminate them.
Try to weigh all your options if you want the best for your garden. Keeping pests out is imperative, but the method you choose should never harm your plants. After all, if you’ve spent hours making your garden look good, you have to protect it from being unintentionally ruined by a single toxic substance related mistake.