It’s possible to avoid heavy pesticides and chemicals and still control pests. If you want to grow an organic garden, you can avoid damage from bugs and still stay organic and natural. With a little time and a few extra minutes of effort, you can protect your garden and still deliver healthy, safe foods to your dining table.
Start with a routine tour of your garden and pick off pests and insects you discover. Young, tender plants are serious attractants to pests and can often succumb to the damage. If you find damage on plants but can’t figure out the culprit, do your survey at night. You can also employ traps to catch earwigs, sow bugs, and slugs.
Friedman’s has an array of trap options, including a copper barrier tape that will act as a perimeter protector. Another easy trap is a pie pan partially filled with beer! If your pests aren’t deterred, there are organic options you can use directly on your garden.
Other insects can also be great protectants of your gardens. By including ladybug attracting plants or hanging an egg nest for praying mantis, you can aid your garden by providing food for this more helpful critters. If you’re growing in a greenhouse, the beneficial insects may have a hard time securing the area. Hanging sticky traps will attract the destructive insects and still keep chemicals off your growing plants.
If your plants are still getting eaten after taking these protective measures, stronger and more effective sprays are an option. These are made with safe ingredients for those beneficial bugs like ladybugs and bumblebees, but still protect your plants from the bugs who continue to find dinner in your garden. Horticultural oils can also protect your plants by smothering eggs and larvae of destructive pests.
Neem oil is generally considered as a last resort, since it can kill those beneficial insects that are important to gardens and other horticultural areas. However, if you still can’t get the pests under control, this ingredient will act as an insecticide and as a repellent, while still utilizing natural ingredients.
Growing organic can be an important step in healthy eating and living. When you’re ready to start organic gardening and preparing for pest invasions, visit your local Friedman’s for more information on what pests to expect and how you can best treat the problems.