Pests can wreak havoc with your garden. No matter what you grow, from vegetables to flowers to a salsa garden, pests like snails or grubs can cause some serious damage to your plants. Pests can damage the leaves of the plant or the roots, impacting their ability to conduct photosynthesis and bloom. An infestation can cause serious problems not just for one plant but for the entire planter bed or garden area.
5 Tips To Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden Naturally
Many people turn to pesticides or other chemicals to reduce the pest population in their garden. However, more gardeners now prefer to avoid chemicals due to their harmful effects on people, animals, and the environment. There are other ways to protect your garden from pests, though! Read on to find how to naturally keep pests out of your garden.
1. Space The Garden Out
Good air circulation and space between the rows robs pests of places to hide. Widely spaced plants also mean breezes move more easily between rows, keeping the area cool. Pests will most likely prefer your neighbor’s cozier habitat. Without these key elements, pests are reluctant to take up residence in your garden.
2. Attract Beneficial Insects
When considering natural pest control options, there are so many choices. But one such option is to attract beneficial insects to your garden. Certain flowers like yarrow, marigold, and goldenrod attract beneficial insects. These predatory critters include ants, bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, moths, and wasps. For example, the solider beetle hiding in your tomato leaves may give you a start, but he eats garden-destroying aphids and caterpillars. Goldenrod and marigolds should lure him.
3. Plant Pest-Resistant Herbs
Certain herbs can help reduce pests in the garden. Companion planting with herbs or other plants can help draw in benefits (like certain nutrients or pollinators) and deter pests from the area. Depending on the type of pest you need to control, the type of herb you should plant may vary. Here are a few common ones for herbal pest control:
- Rosemary: Deters cabbage moths, carrot rust flies, and Mexican bean beetles
- Basil: Deters asparagus beetle and the tomato hornworm
- Mint: Deters aphids, cabbage moths, and ants
- Sage: Deters cabbage moths and carrot rust flies
4. Install Artificial Turf
Another proven way to keep pests out of your garden naturally is by installing an artificial lawn for your home. Synthetic turf gives pests less area to infest. Without the natural grass and soil to move into, pests have fewer areas in the yard to burrow and invite their friends. Moreover, nylon and polyethylene synthetics just aren’t appetizing. We also find that antimicrobial artificial turf keeps bacteria from replicating, thus providing less food for pests.
5. DIY Pest Control
Finally, you can make your own pest control solution. This doesn’t have to be some chemical concoction you created in a laboratory. There are simple household ingredients that can reduce the number of pests you see in the garden.
- Cedar blocks or planks can get rid of moths
- Citrus peels can reduce spiders
- Flour, salt, and beer can be deadly to insects
- Coffee grounds repel mosquitoes, wasps, and bees
Get in Touch With SYNLawn Houston Today
If you’ve tried a handful of unsuccessful natural pest control tactics and you’re ready to keep pests out of your garden naturally, then it may be time to talk to the experts about reducing pest’s living spaces in your yard.
Artificial turf can be installed to give you even more time with your garden while providing the added benefit of improving your yard’s pest control. The experts at SYNLawn Houston can help you understand the pros and cons of going synthetic, walk you through selecting the options that are best for your space, and get it installed to look professional for years to come.
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