Gardening is such a great way to take your mind off your daily stresses and connect with nature
in an intimate way.
Despite the great pleasures that come with gardening, there are also many obstacles to deal with,
There are many variety of insects that will stop at nothing to destroy your garden from top to bottom
the moment you start planting.
These pests are a force to be reckoned with and it’s advisable to put together a plan from the get-go.
ways to handle pests naturally without the use of chemicals.
Biological Pest Control
This employs the methodology of incorporating ‘beneficial insects’ into your garden to control the bad
insects that destroy your plants and crop.
Beneficial insects include ladybugs, lacewings, ground beetles and others.
They eat and control the bad insects like aphids and cabbage worms.
Plant insectary plants to attract these beneficial insects.
This may seem obvious, but physically covering the plants with row covers provides a great shield from
harsh weather as well as menacing insects.
They also allow in the beneficial nutrients like sunlight, water and oxygen while keeping out the bad guys.
Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade)
By sprinkling D.E on your plants you are protecting them with a fossilized algae matter that feels like powder
to us, but is actually razor sharp to insects.
The D.E. will actually puncture the exoskeletons of insects and cause death in a few days due to dehydration.
Make sure to get the food grade and reapply after a rain shower.
Getting a natural pest control plan in place before you start your gardening is prudent and will surely save
you headaches down the line and keep your garden looking healthy all season long.
Check out more info in the infographic below and other eco-friendly gardening tips to jump start your green
thumb this spring.
Have you used natural pest control methods in your garden?
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