It’s been a mild winter for Canadian standards, with decent temperatures and a fair amount of moisture leading up to the summer season.
Gardeners are excited to get back outdoors thanks to the optimal planting conditions, but they’re not the only ones who’ll appreciate Mother Nature’s kindness.
Ants, flies, moths, beetles, mosquitoes, and even birds can all completely ruin any work you’ve put into maintaining your picture-perfect garden, by either infesting your vegetables or chowing down on your plants. While pesticides are an obvious garden pest control solution, they’re not only dangerous to pests, but to human health as well.
Fortunately, a balanced, healthy garden is attainable without putting your health or anyone else’s at risk. These are some safe ways you can keep plant pests out of your garden, that won’t break the bank either.
Grow Pest-Repellent Plants in Your Garden.
Most pests are drawn to your garden thanks to the one consistent element that’s always present: fresh plants to eat and house in. You can turn that around on those garden squatters by filling your garden with pest-repellent plants.
This variety of colourful plants not only look great in a garden, but will deter garden pests from getting too comfortable in your yard. You can choose your pest-resistant plants based on the type of pest you typically encounter, or if they fit the motif of your garden (this should be secondary):
- Marigolds (Repels mosquitoes, aphids)
- Chrysanthemums (Repels ants, ticks, fleas, cockroaches, spider mites, beetles, bed bugs)
- Lavender (Repels fleas, moths, mosquitoes)
- Petunias (Repels beetles, aphids, leafhoppers)
- Lemongrass (Repels mosquitoes)
Keeping some of these plants in your garden throughout the summer will discourage garden pests from getting settled in, and ruining your other crops or prized plants.
Team Up with ‘Good’ Insects.
While we may be purging plant pests from your garden, that doesn’t mean all bugs or insects should be shooed out of your yard. There’re beneficial insects you can employ in your garden that can support your garden’s ecosystem by helping plants, or in this case, getting rid of other unwanted pests.
Ladybugs, praying mantis, green lacewings and wasps are all predators to plant-munching insects. Spiders also feast on unwelcome pests in your garden, though they can be annoying (and creepy) in their own right – so use them at your own discretion!
Applying a layer of mulch can increase the pest pugilist population in your garden (and they’ll hang around the refreshing environment throughout the summer), so they can knock out any pest problem for you.
Bring the Kitchen to the Garden.
Common kitchen foods can play double duty in adding to your meal, and preventing pests from theirs.
Two foods you can add to the soil in your garden that’ll deter plant pests are the shells of eggs and cayenne pepper. Tossing crushed egg shells in the soil are effective against ‘creeping’ pests like slugs and snails, acting as a minefield for unsuspecting garden pests. When they sense the jagged terrain, they’ll feebly move along.
Cayenne pepper spices up the soil, preventing pests from getting close to your plants or produce. This is particularly efficient against ant infestations. Just remember to re-add the pepper on a regular basis after watering your garden!
Sprinkle Herbs On Your Garden.
If you’ve got a major ant infestation or a lot of mosquitoes hovering over your outdoor oasis, certain herbs can ward off the little buggers. Commonly used herbs such as basil, thyme, rosemary and mint are delicious to us, but disgusting to an ant infestation or mosquitoes in particular.
Sprinkling the soil and plants with herbs is effective, though you can also grow these herbs naturally in your garden as a more permanent solution to your plant pest problem. As an added bonus, you’ll have a fresh resource for spicing up your cooked meals. Two birds with one stone!
Use these garden pest control tips to get the most out of your gardening leisure time, without needing to worry about your work being ruined by pests.
Now that your garden is a pest-free zone, it’s time to ensure your home is equally free of ants, cockroaches, rodents, and other household pests. Learn more about professional pest control treatments that eliminate any kind of pests from your home. Call Magical Pest Control at (800) 844-8235 and speak to a professional pest exterminator.