Garden pests cause quite a lot of damage to plants and flowers and can even decimate entire crops. Home gardeners often find these pests extremely overwhelming and may give up gardening altogether. Left unchecked, garden pests become more aggressive. Finding simple ways to control garden pests helps to return the joy to gardening, whether gardeners hope to eat the fruits of their labour or just enjoy resting amongst the plants and flowers.
Plant in pairs
Grouping plants together, known as companion gardening, helps to deter pests from both of the plants at the same time. Basil and tomato plants paired together help to keep each other pest-free. Additional examples include peas and carrots, onions and cruciferous vegetables, and beans with potatoes. Marigolds work well with any vegetables as protection, so they are effective as border plants in the garden.
Attract beneficial bugs
For every insect that wants nothing more than to dine in a garden, there is at least one beneficial bug that loves to chow down on the harmful pests. These bugs often find their prey on their own, but this does not always happen quickly enough for homeowners. Gardeners can attract beneficial insects to their garden by planting flowers and plants that these bugs like, such as ornamental flowers and herbs. Often, companion gardening helps to both protect plants and attract the beneficial bugs.
Examples of beneficial insects
Ladybirds are extremely common beneficial bugs that help control mites, aphids, and scale. Brachonids take care of leaf-eating caterpillars so that they do not destroy tomatoes and lettuces. Praying mantises can grow quite big, especially if well fed on insects from the garden. Since they enjoy just about every type of garden pest, these are spectacular insects to see in the garden. If gardeners are having a difficult time attracting these bugs to their gardens, it is possible to purchase them and set them loose in the garden. From there, they reproduce and protect the entire area.
Set pest traps
Some pests, such as snails and slugs, hide during the day to escape the heat and sun, and only come out to feast on plants at night. For these pests, setting traps for them is a good way to get rid of them. This could be underneath pieces of cardboard or garden pots left upside down in strategic locations in the garden. Gardeners should check these locations regularly and remove the pests.
Exercise good garden hygiene
It may seem like common sense, but good garden hygiene goes a long way toward sending pests packing. Weakened, unhealthy plants are a beacon for pests who want to prey on them, so it is best to remove them as quickly as possible. Keeping plants dry helps to prevent moulds that would otherwise damage the plants. Overripe fruits and vegetables require removal or pruning with garden shears, as well as any garden trash. This takes away hiding and breeding spots for pests.
Use homemade pest remedies
Homemade pest remedies do not cost a lot to make and they are easy to prepare. To get started, gardeners need to stock up on spray bottles, Ivory soap, and diatomaceous earth. Soapy water helps to remove quite a few pests from plants, while diatomaceous earth sprinkled around plant beds dehydrates insects. For particularly aggressive infestations, gardeners can add a little bit of hot sauce to the soapy water mixture and spray it on the pests.
Use commercial pest control
In some cases, gardens experiencing a long period of neglect, or gardeners finding that other remedies did not work, may need extra help. At that point, it is a good idea to find just the right commercial pest control products to use in the garden. Gardeners should choose a general pest control product that can handle a variety of pests. They should read the labels carefully and use them as directed on the package to prevent damaging plants.
How to buy items to control garden pests on eBay
Start controlling garden pests by planning your garden thoroughly. Gardening books help with both plans and companion gardening ideas that can reduce pests. Look for seedlings and seeds on eBay that can help each other when planted close together. Use the search bar on any page to find the items that you need. For example, if you need spray bottles or diatomaceous earth, type the phrase into the search bar and then use the available filters to help narrow down the results.