Have you ever been attacked by snails or aphids? Whether you believe it or not, even the smallest pests like them can cause the most devastation in a garden. Although they are inevitable, this doesn’t mean that you should use harmful chemicals just to get rid of them. Here are some proven and tested techniques to keep these tiny creatures away:
1. Grow healthy and disease-free plants.
The best way to keep the garden pests at bay is to grow healthy plants. But if you already have grown plants, you don’t have to worry either. You can inspect the leaves regularly and check for any signs of discoloration or damage. If you notice any, remove them by pinching them off the plants. Also, to keep them healthy, you have to water them regularly. Enrich them with nutrients by putting natural organic fertilizers in your garden soil.
2. Attract natural predators.
Attracting their natural predators is the easiest way to keep the pests away from the garden. However, the approach may differ depending on the type of pest you are dealing with. For instance, while aphids or plant lice are the enemies of ladybugs and wasps, slugs are scared of lizards, snakes, toads, and beetles. So, if possible, conduct a research on the different ways on how to attract the critters that can help you solve your pest problem.
3. Create an unsafe passage.
Pests like snails, caterpillars, and slugs creep their way from the plants to the ground. Hence, you have to make their passage an unsafe way. You can make it sharp by spreading crushed eggshells beneath the plants. For sure, these soft-bellied creatures wouldn’t want to come closer.
4. Make a stink.
There are plenty of plants, such as yarrow, mint, catnip, lemongrass, basil, citronella, and fennel that naturally deter garden pests. By planting them, you won’t just keep the unwanted pests off the garden. You can also attract the predators that keep them under control.
5. Prepare a poison.
Substances like flour, beer, coffee, and salt are substances that are totally safe for humans, but are seriously poisonous to slugs, snails, and other insects. You can spread these natural pesticides into the soil to wipe out pests and insects.
6. Create traps and barriers.
If you don’t want to depend on nature exclusively, traps and barriers can be used to prevent pests from causing damage to your crops. While nets can ward off aphids, butterflies, and birds, cloches can be used to deter slugs from other plants. If you want rabbits to stay away from certain plants, you can install mesh and statues. Based on these facts, you need to know your enemies first in order to identify the best possible line of defense.
7. Practice crop rotation.
It is a good idea to rotate your crops yearly to keep any unwanted insects and plants away from your idea. When you practice crop rotation on a yearly basis, it will make it hard for the pests to locate them.
When it comes to pests, prevention is always better than cure. So, make sure you regularly inspect your plants to ensure all nasty pests are avoided.
Author: Demi Crawford
Demi loves anything Australian, and she’s your go-to person when it comes to family well-being and animal rights. She shares her knowledge by providing content for blogs like Dawson’s Australia. If you want helpful updates, follow her on Twitter: @DemiCrawford31