Organic Pest Control Methods

A beautiful garden is the ideal place to relax and enjoy life in. But there are a great many pests out there intent on turning your tranquil safe place into a buzzing hive. They’re also fanatic about destroying your beautiful plants. What can you do to prevent them from coming near your garden without resorting to chemicals?

Encourage The Good, Repel The Bad

Certain types of bugs are essential to the ecosystem of a garden. Bees and ladybugs are prime examples, but they are not the only insects you should be welcoming. By growing certain plants you will encourage many bugs to inhabit your garden, many of which will feed on the bad bugs. A professional Landscape Gardener will typically use the following plants to create a healthy ecosystem.

  • Herbs: Dill, yarrow and parsley can all be used to effectively attract beneficial bugs such as bees and wasps.
  • Marigolds are easy to grow and repel a number of animals (including deer) and bugs, both above and below ground. The ultimate in organic pest control!
  • Nasturtiums, besides being edible and delicious, also attract pollinators. They’re typically used to divert aphids, slugs and butterflies from your other crops.

Organic Sprays

If pests persist, you can always treat your plants with the following organic sprays. These are easy to make at home and are cheaper and safer than chemical sprays.

  • Mix a few drops of natural liquid soap with one tablespoon of canola oil. Add this to quart of water and mix well. Spray on onto plants to deter aphids and mites. For a more potent mix, substitute the oil for hot sauce or chili powder and let stand overnight.
  • Neem Oil has been used for centuries by Native Americans as pest control. It works by confusing bugs and adjusting their hormones. Eventually, they will “forget” to eat and starve. The oil can also suffocate aphids and soft bodied mites. Mix one tablespoon of Neem oil with a touch of natural soap and a quart of water. Apply as a spray but beware: it takes time for it to work.

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