If you are growing a garden, you know just how much love and care you need to put into your plants. With all of the work that goes into keeping them healthy, it can be devastating when you start to see the first signs of a pest problem. Whether you’re dealing with insects or rodents, an aggressive pest can destroy your whole garden. That’s why you need to deter pests before they become a problem. Here are 5 garden pest prevention tips.
- Be sure that you’re on the right watering schedule. If your garden is attracting pests of the insect variety, it may be because the vegetation you are growing is weakened. If you are over watering or under watering your plants, then you could be dealing with mold or excessive dryness. In either case, the insects will be drawn to the weakest hosts, so make sure you know exactly when to water and how much to water.
- Find the natural predator to your pest. Once again, if you are dealing with some kind of insect, there is probably another insect that likes to eat the pest you’re dealing with. For example, aphids can do a world of damage to your crops, but you can buy ladybugs in large quantities and scatter them throughout your garden. They will feast happily on the aphids and leave all of your plants in peace.
- Use the scent of your pest’s predator. If you are dealing with some kind of rodent, for example squirrels, you probably won’t be able to find a fox or bobcat to scare them away. However, you can eliminate squirrels by spraying the perimeter of your garden with either the scent of fox or with bobcat urine. It may seem gross, but you can also purchase these products online and they can help tremendously. Just be sure to reapply after it rains.
- Flood your pest’s home with light, water or sound. If you can see holes or tunnels that your pests have dug out for their living quarters, then you can try to either flood their tunnels with water, string bright lights through their tunnels, or even keep a radio turned on to some kind of talking station. In either case, you want to make it as unpleasant as possible for them to make their home on your property.
- Keep your garden as healthy as possible. As mentioned before, pests will always be drawn to the weakest host, so the best way to eliminate pests is to keep your garden as healthy as possible. Be sure to fertilize your plants appropriately, prune when necessary, and if one of your plants is definitely dying, get rid of it immediately. It can be hard to give up on a whole plant, but if you don’t, it could start a chain reaction that could take down your whole garden. It’s just like killing the first zombie. You may think you have things under control, but they can quickly lead to utter annihilation.