How To Control Garden Pests Naturally?

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Pests are one of the common problems faced by most gardeners.

No matter what type of plants you are growing, there will be certain pests that will be attracted to them.

It is actually not harmful if there are only a little bit of pests in your garden.

As long as the pests do not give significant loss or damages to your garden, then it can be considered under control.

However, if there is a need for you to take action onto the pests, then controlling them naturally instead of using chemicals is a wise thing to do.

This is especially if you are growing the edible type of plants.

As if it is uncontrollable, the pest will definitely affect your produced.

There are many ways on how you can control pests naturally without having to use chemical pesticides.

In this article, I will be listing 9 different ways that you could apply based on an article written by Amy from tenthacrefarm.com entitled 12 Steps to Preventing Garden Pests Naturally

Now let’s discuss one by one on how can properly do it.

1. Encourage Healthy Soil.

As we all know, the soil is very important for the plants’ growth.

The soil is the source of water and other important nutrients needed by the plants for them to grow healthily.

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Healthy plants usually less susceptible to pests and diseases compared to weak plants.

That is why it is important for you to ensure your soil is in a healthy state so that every need of your plants can be supplied by the soil.

There are many organic fertilizers available on the market nowadays that you can choose to use to ensure your soil is always rich with nutrients needed by the plants.

If you are not sure what is your soil condition, you can always send some samples to your nearest soil lab to test them.

Follow their recommendation on how to improve your soil should there be any.

There is also an article at tenthacrefarm.com entitled 7 Ways to Improve Soil Quality that showing you how to improve your soil quality. Please click on the link given if you would like to read it.

2. Choose Resistant Varieties

Another way you can naturally control the pests in your garden is by using or growing the pest-resistant plant varieties.

This seems to be very simple to understand for the seasoned gardeners but might be a little bit confusing for newcomers.

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For those of you who do not understand, there are usually a few different varieties of the same plants that you are intended to grow.

For example, there a few varieties of tomato plants and each different varieties have different resistant to certain pests and diseases.

Therefore, if your area is commonly known to have a lot of certain pests, then it is better for you to grow something that is resistant to that pests so that it is easier for you to take care of them.

3. Plant in The Right Place.

This point is related to point number one where it is important for you to ensure that your plants in a healthy state.

You need to give and expose your plants to the optimum condition for them to grow without any stress.

Full sun type of plants should not be planted under the shades, there should also no overwatering or waterlogged at the area where the plants grow if it is not required.

Failing to do this, your plants will be stressful and susceptible to pests attack.

4. Attract Beneficial Insects

Penstemon hartwegii, attracting Beneficial Insects to your garden.

Beneficial insects are insects that are afraid by the pests.

If there are a lot of them, the pests will usually have no gut to come near to your garden.

One of the ways you can attract beneficial insects is mentioned in the article as follows:

Encourage them to stick around by growing flowers that meet these needs.

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and a few suggested flowers mentioned in the article are:

For example, some of my favorite annuals are: calendula, coriander, and sweet alyssum.

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5. Repel Pest

You might have heard that some plants can repel some types of pests.

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You can apply that concept by planting certain plants around your garden that can repel the common pests that are affecting your plants.

Having these types of plants around your garden or around the plants that you are growing will help you to control the pests without having you to do anything.

Some of the plants suggested in the article are:

Some of my favorite strong-scented annuals include calendula, coriander, and garlic.

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a few other plants suggested in the article:

Plant strong-scented, perennial herbs at the edge. Anise hyssop, chives, and thyme are some of my favorites.

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6. Rotate Crops

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Rotating an area with different types of crops each growing season has been widely used in the agriculture sector all over the world.

It is one of the ways farmers do in order for them to avoid their land area from being targeted by some species of pests in each growing season.

The article that we are referring, suggested that by rotating the type of plants, we are actually confusing the pests.

When the same pests return to your garden after their first visit, they will see other different types of plants have been planted which they are not interested in.

They will leave your garden and do not know when to come again and may eventually leave your garden forever.

Apart from preventing the pests, crop rotation is also good to conserve your soil fertility.

It is because different types of plants will usually use different soil nutrients in different quantities.

Some may use more nitrogen, some may use more potassium and so on.

As of that, having different plants in each growing season will help to conserve certain types of nutrients and giving the soil time to recover back all the nutrients lost from the previous growing season.

7. Practice Interplanting

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What is “Interplanting”?

Well, according to the article that we are referring, “Interplanting” means:

Interplanting means alternating specific crops, herbs, and flowers to confuse pests.

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This means that you are advised to not only grow one type of plant in your garden.

Try your best to grow a few different types of plants even in one garden beds.

As stated above, this will help to confuse the pest as different plants have different physiology and characteristics.

Other plants could act as camouflage to the target plants and it will not be easy for the pest to find the plants that they are interested in.

Some may also produce a smell that is not preferred by the pest.

8. Use Floating Row Covers

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Another technique that you can do to control the garden pests is by using the floating row covers.

The covers are not hard to find and can be easily found on the market nowadays.

On how to use the row covers, here is the suggestion by the article:

You may only need to use floating row cover over young plants until they’re established. Weigh down the sides with heavy objects like bricks or rocks.

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9. Create Permanent Walkways.

Instead of keep changing the design of your garden, it is better for you to make permanent walkways and grow your plants around that design.

The article suggested that permanent walkways will help to encourage beneficial insects.

Permanent pathways encourage beneficial insects while temporary pathways that are tilled each year destroy them and their habitat.

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Other than that, permanent walkways can also help in improving soil fertility.

Having permanent pathways allows you to have permanent beds where you can continue to build fertility over time.

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Summary

It is really hoped that this post will give you some ideas on how to get rid of pests naturally.

You may notice that the original article is giving 12 different steps on how you can prevent the pests from ruining your garden.

However, in this article, I only picked 9 the most important ways to me that you can immediately start to work in your garden.

If you are interested to read the original article in detail at tenthacrefarm.com please click the article title below:

12 Steps to Preventing Garden Pests Naturally

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