It is important to know how to protect your garden during the dry season as that’s when pests are most prevalent. During the rainy season the rain tends to wash away any threat to your garden, but during the dry season when your plants rely on you to keep them hydrated pests get the chance to take hold. Here are some prevention tips for keeping your garden pests free.
Companion planting is the grouping of different plants that help promote each other's growth or protect each other from pests. This is a very nature friendly way of protecting your garden. Now if you don't already have pests repelling plants in your garden, here are some that you can plant to keep away those unwanted visitors.
Marigolds: These plants are not only pretty but their repellant qualities are quite good as well. They are a very cheap and effective way of keeping away Whiteflies, and other destructive insects from your garden.
Lavender: These plants will repel insects however, their wonderful smell and beauty is nothing but alluring.
Bay Leaf: This spice not only adds an unforgettable taste to your stew chicken but planting it among your other plants can keep cockroaches, mice, moths, weevils and many other bugs away from your garden.
So, now you're thinking, what kind of craziness is this? Won't soapy water damage my plants? The truth is this method is actually quite safe for the plants in your garden and safe for the environment as well. You can purchase insecticidal soap already packaged and ready to use. Or you can make your own from simple ingredients that you can find around your home. You'll need:
- 5 tablespoons pure liquid soap
- 1 gallon of water
- 2 tablespoons of light cooking oil (corn oil/olive oil)
Shake all the ingredients up in a bottle that has a spray cover. Then, simply spray the leaves of your plants with this mixture to keep away pests such as Aphids, Whiteflies, Thrips, Mealybugs and Mites, just to name a few.
Don't get scared, not the same kind of predators like the ones in the movies. I'm referring to animals that eat insects. Some animals will actually feed on the pests present in your garden, without harming any of your plants. Some examples include, encouraging Ladybugs that feed on Aphids or Toads that feed on Snails; maybe not the Giant African Snails but the normal snails. So you get the idea, don't be so quick to get rid of all the visitors to your garden, as some may be pretty useful. So, the next time you are weeding and you spot a Daddy Longlegs, don't kill it. It may be the reason you have no Mite holes on the leaves of the plants in your garden.
This option may not appeal to you if you are the type of person who likes to show off your garden. Building barriers to keep pests out is an effective solution to pests problems. However, it can be unsightly. You can purchase your pests barriers or you can make your own. To make your own, simply attach a material such as muslin, vented polyethylene or woven plastics to a wooden frame. Then use this to cover your plants. It keeps pests out but still allows your plants to breathe and get the sunlight they need.
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