No matter how in love you are with all the natural world out there, truth is some of them may be really damaging for your lovely garden. This is why you need to detect which little creatures are creating a fuss in your little heaven and make sure they are removed, to create a pest-free garden. Also, you don’t need to use any harsh chemicals to deal with the problem of pesticides.
There are some amazing ways to help you with the problem and we are going to list them below.
Let’s say you are starting the “cleanse” of your garden going from the back garden and moving to the front one. Your backyard or container garden is now inevitably filled with unwanted guests. And, even though the first, reflex thing to do would be to run out and grab a few bottles of commercial, harsh pesticides from your local hardware store, stop for a second. There are more natural and much safer options to turn to. These other solutions won’t leave your fledgling produce covered in chemicals. Want to hear the great news? You probably already have the ingredients for them in your pantry.
Sure, not all garden pesticides are bad. You should always use whatever you feel will successfully keep the pests away on your personal garden.
However, plant pathologists have agreed that the best thing a home gardener can buy for pest control is clarified neem oil as well as some other natural fixers. Apparently, it works like magic – it kills phloem-feeding insects (aphids, sharpshooters, whiteflies, etc), kills powdery mildews and downy mildews and deters chewing insects (beetles).
When it comes to slugs and rotters, some other product is needed. Even though neem has a weird smell that reminds of garlic and turpentine a bit, it works wonders every time.
Further, they claim herbs are one of your best defenses against an array of pests.
Basically, what you need to do is stock up on strong-smelling herbs. The next thing to do is create a border around your plants and the entire garden to help keep the pests away.
Believe it or not, most vegetables help deter the pests that attack other types of vegetables so you can rely on them, too. And while planting pest-deterring plants won’t really put help in your problem altogether, it may make them look for greener pastures at some other place.
Have you got a deer problem?
Deer are easily deterred by odorous plants. As mentioned before, the right mixture of plants and strong-smelling herbs around your garden will help repel them and do the trick. Try some of these plants for the best combination:
Group A – Bee balm, Rosemary, Yarrow, Clematis, Russian sage, Lavender
Group B – Oregano, Honeysuckle, Geranium, Tansy, Echinacea, Anise
Are rabbits giving you headaches?
No matter how cute rabbits are, when they are messing with your garden they get a little bit annoying. This goes for other pests like mice and rats too. In fact, they are some of the most difficult to maintain a pest-free garden.
If a rabbit is truly hungry there’s nothing he won’t eat, even he doesn’t particularly like the plant. Plus, rabbits can chew through many types of enclosures. Here are mixes of plants you may want to try in dealing with the rabbit.
Group A – Day lily, Dahlia, Mint, Rhubarb
Group B – Hosta, Verbena, Foxglove, Javelina, Echinacea
Your best bets against the pig-like pests are these plants: Lilac, Rosemary, Sage, Marigold, Eggplant.
Another mix that has proven great is a mix of Chili pepper, Geranium, Cucumbers, Hibiscus and Iris.
Still those bugs, huh?
Believe it or not, your garden is attacked by so many bugs on a daily basis that most of them you won’t even get to spot. There are plenty of nationwide exterminators that can fight the bug problem in any garden. And, most of them are really successful.
The good news is that many plants that you would plant anyway, like onions and garlic, will help keep insects away. Bugs attack specific plants but you make sure that your garden is diverse and non-edible plants near your veggies for best results.
Well, dear gardeners, we hope we have given you some helpful advice on how to maintain your garden and keep it pest-free. Good luck!