Protect Your Garden From Pests

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There's nothing worse than working hard in your garden just to find it destroyed by pests. Whether your problem is furry foes such as deer or rabbits or insects like aphids or thrips, protecting your crops from these nuisances is possible – without drastic measures. Protecting your garden can be done safely. The methods below are a great place to start for reducing a pest problem.

 

Trap Crops

 

Trap crops can be used to distract pests from your main crops. The basic idea is to plant something the pests like more than what you plan to grow as a border around your garden, as well as planting crops that attract natural pest control. This form of companion planting protects your crop while negating the need for pesticides or other chemicals. Once the trap crops are infested simply prune or remove them to prevent them from serving as a breeding ground.

 

     Dill works well as a trap crop for tomato hornworms and has the added benefit of attracting ladybugs.

     Alfalfa will attract lygus bugs, which could otherwise decimate orchards or fruit crops such as strawberries. Lygus bugs are called tarnished plant bugs for a reason.

     Nasturtium is a favorite of aphids and will help keep them away from your main crops.  

 

Barriers

 

Though no plants are truly safe when food is scarce, deer and other curious animals will generally avoid plants that are thorny, highly fragrant or ones with fuzzy leaves – allowing gardeners to create natural and safe barriers for their crops.

 

     Lilac shrubs are extremely fragrant and deer and rabbits will avoid them. Planting them at the border of your garden may be enough to ward off any hungry critters.

     Yarrow is another plant that deer tend to avoid, making it ideal for planting around your garden or in between your crops.

     Lamb's ear is fuzzy and will irritate animals' mouths, making them less likely to approach your garden.

     Deer are quite the jumpers, so to keep them out you'll need a sturdy gate and fence, at least 8 feet high with no gaps at the ground. Rabbits will try to dig under or slip through any fences that allow wiggle room, so adding chicken wire at the bottom of your deer fence can help keep rabbits out.

 

Raised Garden Beds

 

Raised garden beds will deter both rabbits and gophers, and look beautiful while doing so. These gardens are also great for those having to garden in smaller spaces, and tend to be more sustainable.

 

     Gophers usually eat plants from underneath, making them appear to wither and die for no reason. Creating a raised garden bed with a layer of mesh screen on the bottom will prevent them from burrowing into your garden.

     Rabbits reach for low-hanging food, making the height of a raised garden perfect for protecting your plants from them.

     Container gardens kept near the house in busy areas such as porches can also dissuade furry pests.

 

Natural Deterrents

 

Utilizing the natural food chain to control pest populations is another way that gardeners can protect their gardens without resorting to chemicals. Knowing what preys on your pests will go a long way toward keeping trouble away from your crops.

 

     Sunflowers are favorites of ladybugs and parasitic wasps, and both will do wonders to reduce the pest population. Sunflowers also work as a trap crop for some pesky bugs.

     If you can't seem to attract ladybugs, you can purchase some. To make these beneficial bugs stay, you should release them into your garden at night, making sure your plants are moist to provide water and that there's food for the bugs to eat.

     Bats eat a ton of insects, including stink bugs and cucumber beetles that like to munch your plants. Attaching a bat house to a structure like a barn or bridge will encourage bats to stick around your farm.

 

 

Protecting your garden from hungry creatures can seem like a losing battle, but utilizing these tips will help you manage your pest population while keeping your garden free from chemicals that can harm your family and the environment. 


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Comments (2)

curlypaneser writes: pests are the biggest enemy for plants.. thanks for sharing this useful information
Posted: 1:18 am on November 23rd
hardythomson writes: hi good morning friends..

When we grow our crop and vegetable than pests create some difficulty. Thanks for sharing this ..
Posted: 12:49 am on November 20th
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