by Amanda Shepard, Staff Writer
It’s an age-old struggle, whether you’re gardening in Florida, Maine, or California – pests are a challenge to any growing landscape. Instead of using chemicals and pesticides in the garden, we’re here to offer a natural solution to your pest problem. Through prevention, the attraction of beneficial insects and non-toxic remedies, the population of harmful pests hurting your precious plants will be reduced, giving you a stronger, healthier garden.
Preventing Harmful Pests
The easiest way to help keep harmful pests away from your plants is prevention, which means keeping a healthy, happy garden.
- The foundation of a healthy garden is healthy soil. We recommend using all-natural compost, soil, and mulch, going organic when possible. This helps give your plants the best chance of healthy growth.
- Another way to prevent harmful pests is to identify and pull out any plants that may be diseased or weak. Pulling and disposing of diseased plants away from the garden helps keep pests or disease from spreading to other plants nearby in your landscape. Minimize pest habitat by always keeping your garden weeded and clear of unnecessary debris (as much as possible – we know this can be hard).
- Plant diversity helps deter many harmful insects, especially aphids. If you’re planting vegetables, try rotating crops every year to help avoid re-infestation of pests on your crops.
- Watering early in the morning so foliage can dry out for most of the day helps keep fungus and other pests that prefer a moist environment out.
- If you’re gardening in any area that has been infected by pests, remember to disinfect your tools before moving on to another area, as well as properly disposing of clippings and cuttings.
Keep your garden weeded and debris-free to help prevent harmful insects from destroying your plants.