Monday, March 14, 2016

How to Use the Power of Natural Pest Control in Your Garden


If you’re serious about wanting to bring excitement and vitality to your garden by encouraging wildlife, you need to stop using pesticides.
They’re damaging and counterproductive to wildlife and to the environment also more and more insects are building up tolerances towards pesticides.
There are plenty of natural alternatives that use the power of nature to keep our gardens in order.
We’ll be outlining how you can take control of your garden even by making the smallest changes.
This will help you to produce a haven for beneficial wildlife, insects, and plants also be kinder to our environment, which we all share.
Enlist the Power of Beneficial Insects
Ladybirds, also known as Ladybugs & Ladybeetles

Ladybirds will feast on your aphids, mites and scale insects. The best ways to attract them are by sheltered conditions, ground cover, foliage and organic matter.
Flowers that will attract them include: Angelica, Calendula, Chives, Dill & Fennel
Green Lacewings

Green Lacewings – Their scientific name is Chrysopa perla, are another useful natural pest control option. They eat aphids, caterpillars, small beetles and leaf hoppers.
They are attracted by planting flowers from the daisy family, Tansy or Yarrow

 A European Garden Spider
Spiders are very beneficial in your garden and feed on aphids, caterpillars, flies, grass hoppers and cucumber beetles.
Encourage spiders by planting tall plants so they can construct their webs, flowers, also creating a small area of your garden that is covered in mulch is a good place for spiders to lay their eggs.
Hedgehogs are known as the gardener’s friend for good reason because they love to eat snails, slugs and other pests that cause havoc in our gardens. They also root through hedging and undergrowth to find worms, centipedes, mice and frogs.
To encourage hedgehogs you can build hedgehog houses but they are very resourceful and will nest under piles of wood, sheds or mounds of leaves.

European fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina)
Frogs and toads eat slugs, snails, spiders and millepedes – the garden pond is an ideal environment for them and aquatic plants.
Spring daffodils in fresh shredded wood mulch
Mulches provide a barrier between your plants and the soil that may contain pests or disease pores. They also help to control weeds and retain soil moisture.
Companion Planting
This is the clever use of plants that have natural abilities to help in the growth of other plants by being a deterrent to pests.

Incredible Timelapse Footage of basil growth
Grows well with tomatoes therefore if you create a basil border around your tomatoes they will find it easier to fight off disease because aphids, white fly, fruit fly and house fly can’t stand it.

A great companion for onions, cabbage and cucumbers as it attracts beneficial insects.
Very Useful Information
Chamomile also has the following very desirable affects:
·         Known as the plant doctor as it encourages other plants to increase their essential oils, therefore in turn often smell and taste stronger
·         Can revive ailing plants when planted near them
·         Can help to activate the composting process when added to your compost heap
Grows well with beans, cabbage, carrots and sage as it deters bean beetles, cabbage moth and carrot fly. It works well generally as an insect repellent.

Sunflowers grow well with beans, cucumbers and vining plants as they help to deal with aphids. They also attract bees and butterflies to your garden as well as providing the most incredible colour and vitality to your garden.
Very Useful Information
Sunflowers are great for encouraging children to play an active part in the garden. It offers them the opportunity to nurture, from planting the seeds to watching their on-going development through to a fully formed sunflower.
·       Soils – Create healthy organic soils, which in turn will produce strong healthy plants and ensure they are watered well.
·       Planting - try to only plant healthy plants in order to avoid trouble in the form of diseases or pests.
·       Remove weak plants or those infected by disease to avoid them affecting other plants.
·      Disinfect those particular tools that have come into contact with infected plants
·       Clean and tidy your garden and greenhouse regularly and don't leave rubbish lying around

Final Thoughts
Our gardens are becoming more important as our lives are increasingly busy. They are a place where we can choose to make a really big statement or keep it very simple. Ultimately it’s where most of us choose to spend time relaxing or entertaining our family and friends. 

Choosing to harness the power of natural pest control creates a series of positive outcomes that can’t be ignored:

·         You save money because after initial investment, costs are minimal as you’re not shelling out on slug pellets and pesticides

·         Gives you the opportunity to do your bit for the environment

·         Transforms your garden into a more exciting, vibrant and healthier place

·         From a child's point of view making such changes to your garden could turn it into an adventure playground where they were more likely to interact

·         You’ll feel an incredible sense of achievement as your garden starts to change and take shape

·         Overall you’re developing a garden that is starting to function as nature intended and the food chain remains in place
Let me know about your experiences regarding natural pest control - what worked for you or do you have any other comments or feedback?
Don’t worry if you’re too busy to implement this in your garden, if you’re in a position to do so employ a Trusted, local, professional gardening company. Preferably one that can deliver great customer service & has great customer reviews
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Author: By Pristurus (Own work)
Description: Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla) filmed at the Wollenberg, Hesse, Germany.
Author: The Wildlife Garden Project       Description: How to Help Hedgehogs in your garden
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