Protecting Your Home Garden from Insects
Consumers spend a lot of time working hard to make their homes a little slice of paradise. And for those that have a green thumb, having a flourishing garden in your backyard is one of those projects that’s not peaceful for our busy minds, but also eco-friendly and healthy.
However, while most of us spend time protecting our homes from pesky critters like ants and termites, sometimes we forget to protect all of our hard work in the garden.
Here are some tips to protect your green thumb’s hard work:
- Know the violators: It’s hard to fight the enemy if you don’t know who they are. Knowing which insects in the garden are the biggest problem, is a first big step toward defeating them. Proper identification is key to protecting your plants and veggies. Additionally, check your plants for symptoms to help identify the pesky visitors to your garden. Ask yourself, is something eating seedlings at night? Maybe you have cutworms. Are plants' leaves looking like lace? Sounds like Japanese beetles. Be observant. Look around. Finding an effective treatment is easy once you know what you are actually dealing with.
- Plant wisely: This might sound like simple advice, but garden wisely. Sometimes the easiest way to get rid of those pesky critters is to clean up all plant debris at the end of the growing season to discourage insects from wintering over in the veggie patch. Additionally, plant flowers among fruits and vegetables because they will attract beneficial bugs that pollinate, like bees, but will also attract bugs that will eat pests, like ladybugs. Rotating crops can also help as it’ll discourage last year's insects that may have wintered over from staying around because their food source is no longer there.
- Just Ask: Another great resource in fighting insects in your garden and around your home is to simply ask your friends, family and neighbors. Aunt Jenny might have a strategy that includes using cans to prevent cutworms from eating your seedlings.
- Fight back: Finally, when all else has failed, call in the experts and check into home remedies or organic solutions.
How do you keep those pesky critters from eating up all you hard, green-thumbed work?