5 Easiest Ways to Keep Insects out of Your Garden
There are many ways to keep insects out of a garden. Some are better for the health of your garden and the overall environment than others, however. And some require a significant commitment of time and money. Try these tips and you’ll spend less time worrying about guarding your garden and more time actually enjoying it.
1. The first thing many gardeners think of is to simply spray their garden with an insecticide. This may be a quick and easy fix in the short-term, but long-term harm can result from too many insecticide applications. For one, insects can and will become resistant to specific insecticides if only one kind of main ingredient is used. Another effect is the damage toxic chemicals can do to plants surrounding the sprayed area. Lastly, runoff from sprayed gardens can pollute pools of drinking water.
If insecticides must be used for pests in the garden, there are many organic insecticides you can opt for. Sparse use and organic ingredients help promote the long-term growth and success of a garden. One particularly useful organic product is called Neem. Insecticidal soaps are also a lighter and more environmentally friendly way to get rid of unwanted insects.
2. A less direct method of keeping pests out of the garden is to plant flowers that attract other bugs that are beneficial. Beneficial insects then attack, kill and eat the invading species of pest. While this method isn’t certain to succeed, gardeners are also able to add extra flowers to their garden at the same time. There’s also no risk of harming the environment or surrounding plants.
One example of this relationship exists between the grasshopper and the robber fly. Robber flies are attracted into a garden by flowers, and they attack invading grasshoppers. Try planting flowers like dill, marigolds, daisies or sunflowers in order to attract some beneficial bug species into your garden.
3. One of the easiest ways to prevent bug infestation is to keep your garden clean after each season. Remove all excess debris that pests can use for mass reproduction. Then till the garden after removing all the debris. It’s never best to be in offensive mode when it comes to keeping pests from destroying plants. Often, the best offense is a good defense. Stay proactive when it comes to cleaning out the garden after the growing season.
4. Another simple method is to use a row cover. If done early enough, row covers can keep larvae from ever reaching plants in the first place. Row covers are made of a lightweight mesh material that allows water and light to still reach the plants. Just be sure that the covers are removed during higher temperature days and when the plants become too large. Row covers also offer a readily available way to quickly give shade or other protection to your plants. Just lay a light cloth over the mesh and post infrastructure for a hardy form of protection.
5. This last method relies on a resource all gardens need anyway. Water is an easy source of removal for several species of garden pests. Aphids, for example, are small insects that can easily be knocked off plants with a stream of water from a nozzle trigger. After being knocked off, they rarely attempt or manage to climb back onto the plants. Just be sure to water the garden every two or three days for the best protection.