Pest control is another option that you will need to take care of when it comes to your garden. Many people assume they can just use bug sprays or other pest control sprays to take care of their gardens, but if you?re not careful, you may find that these chemicals are going to cause some harm to your beautiful garden. Because of some of these issues with traditional pest controls, many people are turning to organic options to help make their gardens look amazing while keeping those pests away. Some of the options that you can use to help with natural and organic pest control include:
- Floating row covers?these are a porous fiber that is white and see through but will act as a barrier to insects. They still allow the sunlight in though so your plants are going to get all of the great nutrition they need in that part. If you would like to extend your season a bit longer, there are heavier duty row covers that will help to keep the plants warm.
- Pheromone traps?many insects are going to produce pheromones, or powerful smells that are meant to lure the opposite sex. There are special bait traps that have these scents on them that will help to alert you when a certain pest is trying to move into the area, but they may not be the best at keeping the pests away.
- Sticky traps?these are a rigid material that will have some kind of sticky substance on them that is meant to capture the insects and keep them still. You have to keep the traps clean and as sticky as possible and it is best to hang them at plant height every few feet. The color will also attract different kinds of pests so keep this in mind. For example, yellow is good for leafhoppers, whiteflies, and fruit flies while white is better for plant bugs and flea beetles. Light blue is good for flower thrips and red spheres can be good for some flies.
- Insecticidal soap?this kind of soap is going to include a fatty acid that will dissolve onto the skin of the insects. The insect needs to come into contact with the soap while it is still in liquid form so you will need to spray it onto the pests as they are flying around. You can also test it on each plant to make sure that the plant will be fine with that spray around.
- Essential oils?these are often the most effective because they are going to scare away the pests without causing harm to the plants. There are a number of essential oils that have a smell that is bad for the pests, but the oils are made out of herbs so they aren?t an issue to your plants. Make sure to research which oils work the best with your particular pests to help avoid issues.
While traditional forms of pest control may seem like the best options to take care of your pests and will help you to keep the plants healthy, they can actually cause a lot of harm to the plant. You could be spraying harmful chemicals at the plants and making them sick and ensuring they don?t do well. Try out an organic option of the pest control and you will see that it is much easier to keep those pests away without ruining all your hard work.