Gardening Tips: Controlling Garden Pests

An introduction to a variety of cures for common pest that attack your plants. Information on products as well homemade answers.

If you have ever had a garden you know the damage that pests can do in a very short time.You will need to decide whether you want to handle this problem in an organic or chemical manner.

Regardless of which method you choose there are some important things to know about gardening in general before you begin.

Be very careful when choosing plants to put in your garden. The plants should be healthy looking without a lot of dead leaves or signs of disease. The nursery that you purchase your plants from is very important too. Some nurseries take much better care of the young plants than others do. If you enter a nursery and notice that a lot of the plants are wilted and sickly, find another nursery. Healthy plants will always do better than weak, sickly plants.

Keeping the garden area neat and free from debris is also very important. Trim away all the brush and weeds from around the garden area. Pests will live and breed in weed covered areas.

Watering your garden should be done early in the morning. Watering in the evening attracts insects to your garden. It is much better to water early in the morning so the sun can dry the plants. You should also avoid getting the whole plant wet when you water your garden, because it seems to attract insects also. Water close to the ground.

Organic Pest Control

There are a few different ways to keep pests out of your garden without using chemicals. One way is to add beneficial insects to your garden. Not all insects are bad to have in the garden. Some insects can actually help you to keep destructive insects under control. The praying mantis, for example will eat caterpillars and grasshoppers which are capable of doing a lot of damage to your garden plants literally over night. Some other beneficial insects are the ladybug and the robber fly. These insects are very valuable to have in your garden.

Another option you can choose if you don't want to use chemicals in your garden is to make a home made spray to use on your plants. These sprays can be made from natural ingredients. One such spray is made by mixing ten parts water to one part dish soap. This mixture can be applied with a watering can or put in a garden sprayer. Apply to the entire plant. This is one time when you will want to get the whole plant wet. Apply this spray to your plants early in the morning. Another home made bug repellant is made by soaking an entire pouch of chewing tobacco in two gallons of water. Remove the tobacco and put the remaining juice in a garden sprayer and apply to all plant surfaces.

Chemical Pest Control

If you have decided to use chemicals in your garden, there are many chemicals that are very effective in controlling insects in the garden. One very effective chemical for insect control is diazinon. This chemical comes in both a liquid and a powdered form. There are many other chemicals that can be used in the garden. It is always a good idea to identify the insect that is giving you a problem and ask a garden expert which chemical is best to use on that particular insect. Most garden centers have someone available who can help you. Keep in mind that these chemicals are toxic to birds and other animals. Also keep in mind that if you apply a chemical to your garden, you should not harvest any vegetables to eat for at least four or five days. When you do harvest vegetables from your garden after using a chemical, you should wash the vegetables throughly to remove any residue.

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