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Natural Pest Control

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Gardens are a lot of work, and anyone who has ever had one knows that an increased effort is involved when aiming for an organic one.

Instead of relying on insecticides to rid your garden of infestations, it is essential to consider a few ways to incorporate natural pest control into your garden before you start to plant.

Give some thought beforehand of natural ways to control pests. Don’t fall prey to the misconception that if you just spray a little homemade repellant here and there, weed and water, things will just naturally grow pest free.

Don’t fail to consider native insects, and plant accordingly. Use seeds and plants that are found to be more disease resistant if you don’t want a problem right from the start. Although some vegetation can be pretty easy to propagate, unfortunately, so can their adversaries.

Implement some effective techniques, like using progressive, natural insect fighters to control unwanted populations.

For example, the Australian born green lacewings (pictured below) feed on bugs as well as eggs, which can increase the chance of effective inhabitant control. They eat everything from mealybugs to mites, aphids and more. Adults feed at night, and are drawn to lights as well as a variety of plant blossoms.

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Also, ladybugs, slugs and spiders, along with chickens and snakes, can eat up large amounts of insects and other garden creatures.

Things like starting with good soil and using high quality fertilizer are also key, and some even swear by mixing in fish fertilizer to ward off insects. Planting indigenous seeds or plants at the correct time of year will also aid in deterring insects. Adding insect repelling flowers near your growing area and covering rows of plants that are being attacked or are susceptible also can help.

Keeping your garden clean by pruning plants and immediately removing any rotted produce is also a must. Get instant results by handpicking as many insects as possible, which can in turn be used to feed birds or other prey.

Also, consider growing seasonal root vegetables. Though not completely carefree, sometimes these can be a little easier to grow since you don’t have to deal with above ground pests.

Pay close attention to your garden as it develops since it is amazing how one little invader can swiftly invite the minions over, all with one shared goal in mind.

React fast, and if you notice a certain type of insect appear you will want to look at specific control methods proven effective for that particular pest. Directly targeting nuisances instead of just widely treating will make removing the exact culprit more likely.

At first sight of uninvited guests you want to have a hit the ground running strategy. Know what potential foes come with your planted choices, and do a little research to find out what is most likely to discourage their moving in without using chemicals.

With a bit of effort, you will be more likely to be successful in cultivating a garden naturally free of pests.

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