It’s gardening season! Many people wait anxiously from the time the dormant season begins until we reach the growing season again to get their hands dirty. If you have ever tended a garden, you know the hard work that goes into it. So the last thing any gardener wants is to see their labor destroyed by pests. It’s a constant battle every year to keep rodents or insects from ruining a good growing season. There is hope though! Pest USA, knows these struggles all too well, but we have some tips for you.
Pest Control for the Garden
- Keep it Neat – Often times gardeners keep their gardens free of weeds and dead or dying plants to ensure it looks healthy. But more so than that, keeping a garden free of weeds also deters harmful bugs and insects.
- Keep Plants Dry – This might seem counter intuitive to some green thumbs out there, but keeping a plant dry for as long as possible makes a garden seem less inviting. Many achieve this by watering in the morning to ensure that the sun has time to dry up the excess moisture.
- Use Homemade Pesticide – One of the many reasons a gardener grows his/her own fruits and vegetables is to avoid harmful chemicals in their food. One of the most effective deterrents for insects like Aphids is a concoction of things found in most people’s kitchens. 1 tablespoon canola oil and a few drops of soap added to about a quart of water, shake it well and add to a spray bottle to mist your plants.
- Cage it in – One great way to keep some of the larger pests, like mice and rabbits, out of a garden is to simply cage it in. many gardeners use chicken wire wrapped around their plants to ward off hungry onlookers.