Gardening is a fun way to spend your free time and add some aesthetic value to your home. However, without the right gardening tricks, you can’t really succeed at it. Pests are some of the problems that keep most people from enjoying gardening. Before you start some pest control initiative to protect your garden, you must understand that there are beneficial pests and harmful ones. By differentiating between the two, you can keep your garden safe and free from pests. However, using artificial pest control methods may ruin the soil thereby halting any gardening plans. Below are some of the natural pest controls you can use on your gardens.
1. Avoid artificial fertilizers
Pests are attracted to artificial fertilizers, so avoid using them. These fertilizers destroy the soil nutrients resulting to poor growth in your garden. Use organic manure or compost and prevent pest infestation in your garden.
2. Crop rotation
Differentiate all the items you plan on planting into different groups. For instance, you could divide into groups of vegetables and flowers. Divide your garden accordingly and choose where to plant each item. The next planting season, rotate where to plant the flowers and vegetables but make sure you don’t plant in the original place. This will increase soil fertility and at the same time prevent pests.
3. Use barriers to cover your garden
By using fine mesh, you can cover all the plants in your garden and prevent pest infestation. This works best for flying pests. There are other types barriers that can be used to cover your plants. These include collars to cover cabbages and also bottle cloches which prevent pests such as slugs.
4. Trap the pests
You can easily trap all the pests using different methods. For instance, you can use beer traps and glue traps. Crawling pests such as slugs are attracted to these traps and can be easily averted from your garden.
5. Use beneficial insects
Beneficial insects such as ladybirds eat up harmful pests such as aphids. Plant vegetables that attract beneficial insects and you can easily control pest infestation in your garden.