If you have a garden, you know that pests are a part of life. You can’t keep every single insect out of your yard, but there are ways to control them without resorting to harmful products.
Placing your garden in the right place
The next step is to find the right location for your garden. This can be tricky because you want it to be sunny, but not too much direct sunlight and protected from wind. You also need enough room for walking around, which means placing it away from trees, fences and buildings. You should also keep in mind that critters like to hide under things so make sure there’s enough space between your plants and any other obstacles.
You may want to put one of those charts on the wall for reference if you have a lot of plants!
Get rid of the trash
Your trash can is attracting pests, critters and vermin. It’s also causing disease to spread through your garden. This is because the trash attracts flies which then carry the diseases with them when they move on to lay their eggs in other places.
Trash attracts rodents – mice and rats love to live in and around piles of refuse as it provides them with shelter and food sources. They will happily chew through anything they find if they smell something tasty inside!
Trash also attracts dogs who like to dig up old bones or any meat products that may be left behind in a bag at the bottom of your bin after you’ve finished throwing out everything else from inside it!
Let it stay messy
Unless you’re an aspiring minimalist, you probably have some clutter around your house. But if you are looking to create a natural insect control strategy in the garden, it is best to leave things messy. Having piles of mulch and bark around the base of plants will provide refuge for beneficial insects and other wildlife. This can be very helpful for pollinating insects like bees who need shelter from predators such as birds or cats.
Allow beneficial insects to flourish
- You need to allow beneficial insects to flourish
- Beneficial insects are a great way to control pests
- Beneficial insects are the good guys!
Plant beneficial plants
You may have heard of the term “beneficial bugs.” Beneficial plants attract these beneficial insects, which will help to keep your garden pest-free. The most common beneficial bugs include ladybugs (ladybirds), praying mantises and lacewings. These insects eat pests like aphids and mites!
The next step is to plant some beneficial plants that will attract these critters. Some examples are mints, dill, cilantro and parsley; they all have strong smells that help repel pests from your garden while attracting valuable predators such as ladybugs or lacewings. You can also plant lavender around your home because its oils repel moths from getting in through cracks in windowsills – a great way to prevent them from laying eggs inside during winter months when there’s less sunlight outside so fewer places for them to hide
Protect wildlife and beneficials with plant-based products
There are many natural products that help control pests in your garden. Some of these include:
- Planting herbs and plants that attract beneficial insects.
- Using plant-based products that are safe for humans and animals to use around their environment. Some of these include neem oil, cinnamon oil, soapberry oil, cloves or rosemary oils.
- Using plant-based products that are safe for the environment—this means they don’t harm bees or butterflies when applied to your plants as well as being biodegradable so it won’t wash into nearby waterways like streams or rivers after rainstorms (or during irrigation). Beneficial insects love these products!
There are many ways to control pests in your garden that won’t kill off the critters that help you.
Pest control is a broad term that encompasses the many methods used to control pests in gardens. There are both chemical and natural methods of pest control, with combinations of each being effective as well. For example, if you have an aphid infestation, you could use a natural method such as covering the plants with a sheet of fabric to prevent them from feeding on your plants while they’re young yet still viable. Another option would be spraying the plant with insecticide but only in areas where there aren’t any beneficial bugs or earthworms present so they aren’t harmed by the chemicals either. But what about those pesky slugs…?
I hope you enjoyed this article on pest control in gardens. I believe that we can all do better when it comes to protecting wildlife and beneficial insects. By making a few simple changes, you can create a safe haven for these critters in your garden or backyard.