Your garden may be your pride and joy, with you spending all of your free time out there making sure every last thing is perfect. However, as appealing as your garden is to you, it is just as appealing to a host of bugs and other pests that not only see your garden as a thing of beauty but also as a well-stocked larder.
If you have had a garden for more than one season, you’ll already know one or two of the more common pests that want to undo all of your excellent work and will already have a few tricks up your sleeve to deal with them. Some of these methods can be more effective than others, so with that in mind, here are some things you can do to keep your garden free from pests.
Before you dive into a huge fight versus the creepy crawlies, you need to ensure you are familiar with the common types of pests so that you can use the correct method to deal with each variety.
Common Types of Garden Pests
Top of the list for most parts of the world will be slugs and snails. They will feed on almost anything green, with young plants being the preferred main course on their menu. They will mainly feed at night while you are asleep, and the only signs they have been will be holes in the leaves of your favorite plants.
We all love butterflies, but we also know the damage caterpillars can do to plants, especially those in the vegetable garden. Again the telltales signs will be holes in the plant leaves. Feeding in much larger numbers and often found on roses are aphids, which can cause wilting and deformed plant growth.
Keep Your Garden Free From Pests
While you cannot eradicate all of the pests in your garden, there are some things you can do to keep the damage to a minimum and your garden looking beautiful. Top of the list is calling a company like Proactive Pest Solutions, and in the meantime, you can do other things
If you keep your garden free from debris, you deprive pests of somewhere to hide, and keeping on top of your weeding also helps in this area. By keeping your plant selection as diverse as possible (allowing for growing conditions, of course), you lessen the amount of damage that a single type of pest will do, as they will not feed on all kinds of plants. In addition to this, growing certain herbs will act as a deterrent to some common pests.
Keeping your garden free from pests can take as much time as all of the planting, watering, and weeding. However, employing a few simple methods such as keeping the garden free from debris, varying your plant selection, and including a few plants that act as a pest deterrent can limit the damage until the professional turns up to deal with the problem.
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