Mommy Katie: 5 Natural Pest Control Methods For Your Garden

Monday, July 31, 2017

5 Natural Pest Control Methods For Your Garden

Naturally controlling the pest is less expensive and effective. Natural pest control methods are safe for your garden, environment, and family. It is very important to childproof your electrical outlet in the garden.
These methods are very effective to keep away these pests out from your garden. There are five natural pest control methods for your garden:
1. Flowers that Control Pest in your Garden


There are various flowers that can be planted for pest control naturally. They are as follows
     Borage: This plant has flowers in the shape of stars. It keeps cabbage and horn worms away from cabbage and other plants. It also helps to increase their resistance from diseases.
     Chrysanthemums: The flowers come in different colors. It has a chemical called pyrethrin that has the toxic effect on the insects. You can plant these beautiful flowers in your garden. Use the tea made from these flowers to get rid of Japanese beetles.
     Clover: This plant provides a thin layer of green cover in your garden. You can put this plant in your garden that gives pink flowers. Plant it near to cabbage to get rid of aphids and cabbage worms. It deters the pests completely from the garden.
     Lavender: It is a delicate plant with a pleasant aroma. It wards off pests like mosquitoes, fleas, and moths from your garden.
     Marigolds: This is a beautiful plant with orange color flowers. Plant it near to tomatoes to keep the whiteflies away.

2. Barriers and Traps


You can protect your garden naturally from various pests by setting these barriers and traps.
     Yellow flypaper: This fly paper is effective against whiteflies and aphids. You can take a board or heavy paper. Paint the paper with yellow color and coat it with a sticky substance.
     Pheromones: These are the biological mating aromas that attract pests. These insects get attracted towards this sticky substance and get trapped. You must place these pheromone traps in your garden.
     Trap for Apple maggot: Apple maggot is a very dangerous insect for apples. It pierces the skin of the fruit and lay eggs. These eggs get hatched inside the fruit only. You can trap these insects by using sticky red spheres. You can place this trap in between of apples.
     Row covers: These covers are light in opaque weight material. It is used to cover your garden bed. The water and sunlight can pass through these covers keeping away insects and birds. They are best to protect your seeds and small plants. You can place it over spinach, carrots, broccoli, and beets.
     Barrier paper: You can use waxed cardboard to make a barrier. In this way, you can protect your cabbage from moths. This month is very harmful that kill sprouts of kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

3. Discourage Pests from Entering your Garden 


     Remove weak plants: the Weak plant can be infected that attract predators. You must remove these plants from your garden.
     Healthy and organic soil: You can mulch the soil with natural fertilizer for developing strong plants.
     Seaweed spray: Seaweed contains many trace elements that help in the healthy growth of plants. You can use it in the form of fertilizer or spray that provides the resistance against diseases.
     Keep your garden free of weeds and debris. Insects breeds in dirty areas.
     You can rotate the crops to avoid infestation of pests. Water your plants early in the day. Maintain dry foliage to ward off insects and pests.


4.      Taking Advantages of Pests’ Natural Enemies

Sometimes, the best way to fight against pests is by using their natural enemies. This method is called: Biological Control. Basically, owners will invite birds, mammals, reptiles and mostly insects that feed on other insects to help them deal with their invaders. But the term ‘natural enemies’ is not just limited to animals, it can refer to anything that harms or prevents pests from taking over the place, including objects, smells or chemicals.
Let’s take a look at one specific example: Dealing with rats. Soak cotton balls in the peppermint oil and place it in areas where the rodents are active in your garden. It is a very powerful smell that rats hate. Also, keep your dustbin close. This method is also helpful to keep away rabbits.

5.      Homemade Insecticides


     Neem oil: Oil extracted from the seeds of neem is used to destroy the life cycle of insects. It disrupts hormone of the insects.  It is a powerful fungicide that is effective against fungal infections and mildew in plants. You can mix neem oil with liquid soap and water. Spray it on the leaves of the plants.
     Mixture of molasses and water: Possums are very dangerous, they eat garden vegetables. Molasses mixed with water is a powerful natural repellent that repels possums.
     Diatomaceous Earth: It is a powerful insecticide. It has the abrasive qualities that absorb lipids from the exoskeleton of insects. It kills them by dehydration. You can add it in the foliage to control insects and snails.
     Garlic spray: It has a pungent aroma that repels pests. You can take few bulbs of garlic and blend them. Add water and keep it for overnight. You can also add soap water and vegetable oil. Spray it on your plants.
I used these natural methods to control pests in my garden. They have improved the productivity of fruits and vegetables. Just adopt these methods and see the effect by yourself. 




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