How to Keep away those Garden Pests
There really is nothing more frustrating than investing time in nurturing your plants, vegetables and flowers for pesky insects to ruin all of your hard work, right?
After all, no garden is free from disease or pests, so it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to implement effective barriers and solutions when it comes to protecting your garden.
From slugs, caterpillars and beetles, through to fungal infections and disease, there are a number of common pests and diseases that can affect your plants.
But the good news is that there are lots of ways that you can protect your plants from insects! We’ve created a helpful guide outlining a whole host of natural and non-toxic ways that you can nip the problem in the bud…
When you’re growing a happy, healthy and pest free garden, it’s essential that you keep on top of your garden maintenance.
Weeding your garden on a regular basis will not only allow you to improve the aesthetic nature of your garden, it will also allow you to minimise hiding places for insects and pests to accumulate. Many insects and pests feed on weeds, so if you’ve got weeds growing in and around your plants, you’re more likely to find pests too.
Of course, keeping your garden well maintained will also help you to prevent your plants from having to compete for much needed water!
Fertilise and water your plants frequently
This goes without saying but, if you stand any chance of growing a happy and healthy garden, it’s essential that you fertilise and water your plants as often as necessary.
This will not only allow you to optimise growth, it will also prevent insects and pests feasting on all of your hard work, because insects tend to steer clear of healthy and well-nourished plants!
Fertilise your plants wisely
One of the main ways to protect your plants from insects is to ensure that they are able to grow in a healthy and happy environment.
This means ensuring that your soil is packed with nutrients and natural goodness that your plants can easily absorb. If your plants become weak, stressed or unhealthy they will instantly become a magnet for lots of pests and insects.
By using an organic based fertiliser (compost and manure are always a good option!) you will be able to ensure that your soil is filled with the nutrients that your plants need.
Monitor your plants
It’s vital that you always monitor and keep a close eye on your plants so that you can nip any potential problems in the bud quickly and effectively.
If you do notice any obvious signs of nutrient deficiency you can correct any problems with a fast acting liquid fertiliser! Of course, you should always remove any infested plants to prevent the spread of insects and disease.
Many of you will have a bottle of vinegar lurking in the back of your kitchen cupboard, but did you know that spraying vinegar on your weeds will help to kill off any weeds – insect’s natural food source! Neem oil is also a great low-toxity insecticide and fungicide.