How many times have you planted some beautiful plants in your garden, tended them and watched them grow, only to have pests eat away at them? Not fun, is it? All that work and the bugs and wildlife got to enjoy the fruits of your labor before you had a chance at it. That’s why Friedman’s Home Improvement carries various pest control solutions for your garden and home.
Our friendly and helpful staff can help you decide upon the right pest control solutions for your garden, but here are some helpful tips on how to control the insects in your garden:
- The first step in controlling insects is to realize that you need to keep a few bugs around to keep other bugs from infesting your garden. Spraying to try to annihilate all the insects in your garden is a big mistake, for the insects move into an ever widening circle.
- The second thing to do is to encourage soil health. More than anything else, insects are a sign of an unhealthy garden. After liberal doses of compost and manure, the plants thrive and the insects are kept at bay. Healthy soil=healthy plants=healthy animals=healthy you.
- Inter-plant one crop with another. Plant throughout the garden strong herbs like dill, rosemary, summer savory, garlic and thyme to confuse insects’ senses and make it more difficult for them to find their favorite vegetable. Planting your garden in beds and including these herbs not only helps against bugs but also has an aesthetic effect.
- Plant pest resistant varieties. Stay as much as possible with heirloom varieties of plants.
- Encourage biological controls. Biological controls include ladybugs, green lacewing, praying mantis and trichogramma wasp. Our experience has been that if habitat has been provided through a healthy environment for them, these insects will often show up on their own. But in some areas it may be necessary to bring them in. These can be purchased from Friedman’s. Encourage bug-eating birds in your garden as well as Harmless snakes, toads, frogs and salamanders. A spray of Bacillus thuringiensis is effective against any kind of caterpillars.
- Practice garden hygiene. Cultivate a little at the beginning of the growing season so that your plants can get a head start over any weeds. Then cover the ground with mulch to keep the soil from splashing up on the plants. Mulch protects the plants not only from insect damage, but diseases as well.
- Plastic jugs painted orange and coated with Tanglefoot or other tree sticky product is a trap for flea beetles. Strips of plastic, wood, or cardboard painted yellow and coated with this sticky material controls white fly in the greenhouse.
- As a last resort, you can turn to botanical poisons such as pyrethrum, rotenone, and ryania. These are made from plants and are effective but they are still very toxic.
If you need help finding traps, sprays, pellets, organic, or the stronger kinds of pest control for your garden, our helpful staff will help you find everything you need. Visit us any time at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.