A common issue that home gardeners have is dealing with pests. You’ve spent months sowing seeds and planning out your garden beds. So it can be a real let-down when your plants get eaten by insects. But unlike other gardening issues, there’s plenty you can do to prevent pests from invading your garden.
To help you out, we’ve come up with our 5 top tips for protecting your garden from pests. This is simple advice that any homeowner and passionate gardener can follow. Read to defend your garden from nasty pests? Read on and start following our tips today.
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1. Choose pest-resistant plants
To protect your garden from pests, sometimes it’s just a matter of choosing the right plant varieties. There are many plant varieties you can buy which are resistant to pests. Some can even help to repel pests from other plants in your yard. Not every plant tastes delicious to an insect. There are plant varieties that are off the menu for the bugs in your backyard.
Here are a few plants we strongly recommend:
The aromatic leaves of a mint plant help to repel mosquitos. A great solution for your outdoor entertaining areas. Keep this one in a pot. It can spread quite aggressively if you leave it to thrive in a garden bed.
Need one plant that can repel multiple insects at once? Try planting Nasturtiums. These plants release an airborne chemical that naturally repels a wide variety of insects such as aphids and whiteflies. These plants also produce beautiful flowers and are natural climbers too. They’re easy to plant in pots, garden beds or on lattices along your garden.
Tired of bugs invading your family BBQs? Get rid of these unwanted visitors by planting basil around your yard. These can also be used as a portable solution for entertaining areas. Plant basil in pots and move it to the area where you’re entertaining guests. Basil has shown to be very effective at repelling mosquitoes and houseflies.
2. Make physical barriers
Sometimes it’s simply best to move your plants out of harm’s way. There are many ways you can use landscaping for pest control. A perfect example is growing cabbage plants at least 45cm above the ground. This puts them well out of the way from pests like snails and root flies. So consider setting up raised garden beds to help protect all your vegetables.
Your plants are most vulnerable when they start out as seedlings. Pigeons and slugs can get to them before they even have a chance to thrive. So think about placing physical barriers around them at the start before they grow bigger. Instead of planting your seedling out in the open, try keeping them in a greenhouse. Wait until your seedlings grow bigger and sturdier.
3. Invite beneficial bugs to your garden
Not all bugs are bad for your garden. There are some which can help you win the war against pests in your backyard. Species like ladybugs like to feast on the insect pests that usually attack your edible plants. Other beneficial bugs to look out for include hoverflies, parasitic wasps, and lacewings.
But how do you get these bugs into your garden? It’s not like you can just buy them off the shelf at your local nursery. What you can do is buy plants that will attract these predatory insects. Certain flower varieties provide alluring scents for beneficial bugs. Try planting these flower types alongside your vegetables.
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4. Keep your plants healthy
One of the many reasons why plants get attacked is because of how weak and unhealthy they are in the first place. Strong and healthy plants are less susceptible to wild weather and pests. They just need time to develop properly with the right amount of time and nutrients.
To keep your plants healthy it’s not always that complicated. Just stick to the basics. Make sure your plants are getting the right amount of water over dry seasons like summer. Ensure the soil they’re in is fertilised. Organic matter such as compost is best for promoting root systems that support healthy growth.
5. Call Jim’s Mowing Mornington Peninsula for help
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help with gardening in Mornington Peninsula. When you need a helping hand in the garden why not call one of Australia’s most reliable home service providers? Jim’s Mowing Mornington Peninsula offers many professional gardening services to keep your garden in tip-top shape.
One of the many gardening in Mornington Peninsula services we offer is Garden Care. This includes pruning, fertilising, weeding and pest control. Our professional gardeners can help you pick out the best plants for pest control and help supply them for you. They have many other clever ways of getting rid of those pesky pests invading your garden.
Want to know more about how we can help with your gardening in Mornington Peninsula? Head on over to our services page today or call us on 131 546 for a free quote.