Pest control is not limited to those creepy crawlers inhabiting your attic and basement areas. There are a number of pests that can wreak serious havoc on your garden, if they are not controlled. Fortunately for you, there is a variety of options when it comes to protecting your precious garden plantings. Here are some of the best garden pest control methods:
The best thing you can do to prevent pest damage in your garden is to produce hearty, healthy plants that are not vulnerable to pests. This means keeping your soil balanced and fertile, irrigating properly, and only planting species that are appropriate for the season and environment.
The most common form of garden pest control is pesticides. These substances are generally toxic, but you may also find organics pesticides. Pesticides are sprayed on pests or sprinkled in the garden, and work by poisoning pests who feed on them. You can find a variety of insecticides at your local hardware, home improvement, or chain retail store. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.
If you have an insect infestation, then you can counter those insects by purchasing other insects that prey on them. There are different beneficial insects for different types of insect pests, so do your research before ordering.
These are a great non-toxic form of garden pest control. Insect traps like flat boards may be placed around the perimeter of your garden to attract and trap insects. If you have a rodent problem, then things like mouse and gopher traps, as well as cage/box traps for larger rodents, can go a long way in keeping rodent activity under control.
Barriers are like walls that stand between your garden plants and pests. They come in a number of different forms, including row covers, mini greenhouses, and barrier paper, and are safe for the environment.
Dead foliage and weeds serve as pest hosts, so it important that you go through your garden regularly to clear it of dead and weak plants, as well as weeds.
Insects and other garden pests tend to multiply rapidly, so it important to catch them as soon as possible, before they can cause serious damage to your plants. Be sure to thoroughly inspect your garden at least twice a week for signs of pest manifestations.