Let it Bloom: A Refresher on Garden Pests

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iStock_000037555570_SmallA healthy garden is a sign of true green thumb homeowner. Aside from providing fresh air every day, a fantastic garden is also a source of ample relaxation. It is known that looking at lush greenery can be beneficial to the health and well-being of the residents by bringing down their blood pressures.

However, being exposed to the elements outside, it is the part of the house that’s most susceptible to a host of pests. To keep it well and good for the home, garden lovers and owners alike must know the basics when it comes to garden pests:

  1. When it comes to gardens, not all considered pests are bad.

Some pests should actually be present in the garden to tackle the bad ones away. An example of this is the lady bug, which aside from being totally cute, actually eats aphids, white flies, and mites. Furthermore, Eartheasy.com lists the praying mantis as a must have in the garden. Its eggs can be bought and placed on the soil. These immediately hatch and grow to adult size to eat a majority of harmful pests in the garden. Nematodes are also great versus cutworms who feast on baby plants, plus they do not offer any danger to animals or people.

  1. Keep the garden clean.

Keeping the garden clean is another way to keep it pest-free. Regularly removing the weeds, dry leaves, twigs, and other trash keeps the soil clear and the bushes from possible infestations. Animals like dogs or squirrels defecating directly on the plants also cause damage and open the garden to much more poisonous and unsafe microbes that may place the person maintaining it in a harmful situation. Pruning helps in checking if pests such as plant lice, wire-worms and thrips are feasting on the leaves.

  1. Keep the plants dry and water in the morning.

Dry plants are not necessarily unhealthy plants. It is better for gardeners to water very early in the morning, so that the plants can have the opportunity to dry naturally the rest of the day with the help of the sun. Wet plants are prone to insect infestation and fungal infections. It’s also good to be aware of the weather to avoid double watering and to help save on water.

4. Be careful with your tools.

Think of handling plants as you would handle meats. Cross contamination may happen if the tools used in an infested or contaminated plant are used in other healthy plants. Prior to use, properly clean the tools with running water and strong soap. Adding another step of applying alcohol can also help. Opting for tools made of stainless steel also helps in keeping the tools hygienic for the benefit of the plants.

  1. Opt for organic gardening methods if possible.

Aside from being a source of oxygen, the garden can be the source of food for the family. Instead of pouring insecticide, doing sustainable gardening can be better in dealing with pests and better yields in the long run. Growing native plants for example is already winning half the battle in keeping pests at bay.

In the end, a healthy garden ensures not just good-looking greenery outside the home, but a well-lived and healthy life for its inhabitants. Keeping a garden is a great practice, but keeping it healthy ensures that it provides benefits for generations to come. Keep it clean and practice sustainable gardening to ensure pests are kept at bay. If you see any signs of pest infestation in your garden area, such as bees or wasps, you can always contact a pest control company to help you effectively eradicate these pests.

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