Garden Pests And How To Eliminate Them
If you could garden without facing any problems with pests that attack plants, then gardening would be a whole lot simpler. At all times, you need to watch out for bugs, though small in size, can wreak terrible havoc. A human illness can be prevented by staying healthy, and pests can be kept away by observing strict guidelines for garden cleanliness. Heaps of waste and junk are an invitation for insects to breed in.
If you do not realise that a compost heap can do harm, but unkempt spots invite trouble to occur. There are things that can be done to eliminate or ward off pests. Stirring soil constantly by earthworms is an effort to keep the soil open for water and air. Most birds feast on insects; sparrows, robins, larks and orioles are birds who help keep insect infestation down. Some types of birds feed on harmful insects and ladybugs also do this. The ichneumon-fly can help too, and frogs work wonders in the unlimited amounts of bugs they can ingest in one meal.
Frogs deserve to be treated nicely by everyone. Each gardener should make a place in the garden that will attract birds and frogs. A nice birdhouse, seeds sprinkled around and a watering spot are all invitations for birds and frogs. During the heat of a summer day, a frog likes to rest in the shade and by night time, he is ready to eat. How do you fix up an area for frogs? Well, one thing you can do is to make a nice, dark, damp retreat with a few stones underneath for shade and a shrub with damp leaves are all appealing to frogs.
There are two classes of bugs and they are known for the work they do. One type is a gnawing bug, and eats bits of plants. This kind of bug has a mouth designed for this type of job. Grasshoppers and caterpillars are just two examples. The other type of bug sucks juices from the plant. In some ways, this can be worse. Plant lice are an example of this kind of bug, and so is mosquitoes as they feast on humans. All of the scale bugs attach themselves onto plants, and suck out the life. Now the question is how do we fight them?
The gnawing bugs may be killed by spraying with poison, which they consume as they eat the plant. The Bordeaux mixture is a poison designed for this purpose. In other cases, you need to directly attack the bugs directly. Certain insecticides, as they are known, can be sprayed on the plant and then fall on the bug. They work in a deadly way of attacking the body of the bug.
We can be much troubled by the work of underground insects. You have more than likely seen an ant hill. Here is a probable pest control solution, but you have to be careful. The question is, how can you tell if the bug is doing destructive things? Well you can see some of the work being done by the bug itself and sometimes not so easily. One season I had cutworms and though I never saw one, I did witness the destruction. If you plants have tender stalks with the heads cut off, then chances are you are dealing with cutworms.
If you do not know what one looks like, they appear like a grayish-striped caterpillar, these are cutworms. Because a cutworm has a habit of resting during the day, it can be difficult to catch a glimpse of one. The cutworm works first on the early spring flowers and then later on he heads for your pea plants. Homeowners gardens guide suggest that a good way to stop the cutworm is to put out paper or tin collars around the plants. The collars need to be about one inch away from the plant.
Plant lice are much more common. They are often green in color, but can also be red, yellow and brown. The are easy to find since they hang or cling to their host. As like the sucking insect they are, they cling to their host food and after that they hide. This makes them much harder to deal with. Rose slugs do extensive damage to rose bushes and eat the body of leaves, so that only the vein is left behind. They have a soft body and are green on the top and yellow on the bottom.
The striped beetle attacks young melons and squash leaves, it eats away leaf by leaf and riddles it with holes. This type of beetle is striped, like its name implies and the back is black with yellow striped running downward. Then we come to slugs, which are another garden pest. Slugs will eat almost any kind of plant, no matter if it is a flower or vegetable. Slugs lay their eggs in old garbage heaps and do more harm in the garden than any other kind of pest. You will find them by doing the following: you need to draw them to the surface during the daytime. They rest during the day underground and watering the soil where there slugs are living. Slugs hide near the plants the eat from, so water this ground with some nice clean lime water, this will bother them and they will come to the surface to investigate.
I found many of these pests behind my summerhouse much to my wife’s disgust. ‘Horrible things’ she says.
Besides the most popular pests, pests which feast on plants, there are special types for different plants. Bean plants have their own pests, so do potatoes and cabbage. The vegetable garden can have any number of different pests, in a flower garden lice can be very problematic, while cutworms and slugs also enjoy it here. Ants often get quite numerous as the season goes on but for very discouraging pest issues, the vegetable garden is tops. If you were going into fruit for example, perhaps the vegetable garden would have to take second place to the fruit garden.
Are You Having Problems Getting Rid Of Garden Pests?
If you are an avid gardener, chances are you have had your run ins with getting rid of garden pests. To most gardeners their garden is their life and their break away from normal everyday society, so having pests come in and ruin their piece of paradise is not something that they want to happen.
There are a lot of ways to eliminate pests from your garden. You can choose to take an evasive approach by utilising pesticides in order to do the trick, or you can practice smart gardening techniques that take time but not that much money to complete.
What many people have yet to realise about getting rid of garden pests is you do not have to resort to evasive ways in order to eliminate these pests from your garden. Instead, there are other alternative ways that you can take to help keep your garden pest free.
A common qualm about pest infestations is the fact that these pests actually cause ailments to the plants by eating them, insects are the most common form of pests for this problem. You can take some different avenues when it comes to ceasing this activity from occurring, that will help you save your garden.
In order to eliminate your chances of having to deal with an insect infestation, all you need to do is ensure that your soil is well prepared. After you have ensured this fact, you will then need to work on adjusting the pH balance of your soil as it is needed and ensure that the soil for your plants has an adamant drainage system and is getting proper air circulation.
As you notice that your garden is growing in the means that you desire, you will need to be diligent when it comes to weeding out the bad plants and keeping the good ones. Any plants that seem to be struggling to grow should be discarded. Pests are more adamant to begin feeding off of your struggling plants and then moving onto the healthy plants of your garden.
Mix up the plants that you have growing in your garden and you also need to ensure that you discard any debris that is found around your garden also. For example, if you have fruit trees, you should opt to throw out any fruit that lands on the ground in order to keep pests at bay.
Ensuring that you mix up the plants that you are growing in your garden will also help cut down on pest infestation. Some pests like one plant more than the other, so a mixture of plants can cease their normal activities. These are just a few tips to help you control your pest problem without having to turn to using pesticides.