Herbivores: Protecting Plants Without Pesticides

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Creating a garden is an excellent pastime. It’s fun, healthy, and gives your mind something to focus on night and day. The only time it’s stressful is when pesky bugs eat their way through your produce. Get away slugs; there’s nothing here for you! Of course, there are plenty of chemicals on the market which will get rid of them at the drop of a hat, but you’re against using harmful substances.

So, what are your options?

Well, you’ll be glad to know that using a spray isn’t the only way to protect your garden. Sure, it’s hard work but natural remedies do exist, and you can find them underneath.

Create Your Own

As a gardener, DIY comes naturally and warding off insects is no exception. All you need to do is create your own “pesticide” which encourages bugs to keep their distance. Anyone who assumes this is as bad as using a corporate cleaner is mistaken because you know what ingredients are in the spray. And, there are plenty of which are powerful without being fatal, such as vinegar and salt. You can check out the “visit us” section of Fertilizer Dealer to see how to spread it equally so that every base gets covered. If you’re unsure what to include, you can use this all-purpose guide.

Plant Guardian Angels

Fellow flowers will also help keep the pests away due to their strong smell. Garlic is an obvious example because it’s pungent and overpowering. However, there are dozens of other alternatives. For example, lemongrass isn’t a favorite of common garden pests. The trick is to plant flowers which have multiple purposes. Basil is an excellent herb for cooking while lavender is a natural air freshener, and both are great guardian angels. Alternatively, a rose bush wards off insects thanks to its sharp thorns.

Attract Predators

Your plants and flowers are at the bottom of the food chain because they have no defense against predators. So, what you need to do is attract something higher up the chain to gorge on the tiny bugs. Bees, wasps and birds will all eat slugs, snails and lice, the types of animals that feast of leafy greens. To get them onside, you can use flowers which are strong smelling as bees are natural pollinators. Or, you put up a birdhouse. Most birds will use it for shelter and as a place to hunt for tasty treats.

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Set A Trap

Pests are small and can’t get out of a sticky situation with brute force. So, use this to your advantage by setting traps covered in a sticky substance. Then, when they fly or crawl over the snare, they won’t be able to move and you can pick them off before they eat their way through the vegetable patch. Something as common as honey will do the trick, or you can go for an adhesive such as Tangle-Trap.

As you can see, with ingenuity and some elbow grease, there is no reason to let your garden suffer. So, are you ready to fight back?