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. 





1 Comment

  1. tannawings
    January 18, 2018 / 4:30 am

    I have heard marigolds around the border are also natural deterrents to rabbits and such. I have found this is true. I plant flowers two neighbors do not. My garden never gets hit!ellen beck

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