Gardening Tips To Keep The Pests At Bay This Spring
As the snow starts to melt, all those pesky pests that have been hibernating under the soil of your garden will start to make their appearance. Most homeowners don’t realize that insects and arthropods can make it through the holidays, but by burrowing beneath the frost line they can survive even the coldest of winters.
If you don’t tackle your pest problems early on, then it may reach epidemic levels that are far harder to control. Avoid letting the crops you worked so hard to grow to get taken over by pests by implementing these gardening tips in preparation for spring.
Do a Bit of Spring Cleaning
To prevent garden pests from becoming a nuisance, you need to ensure that you give your garden a thorough cleaning. Get rid of decaying plant matter that will help to attract bugs by removing fallen leaves, faded blooms and weeds.
You should also clear out your greenhouse and give it a good scrub, washing out any planters and pots you plan on using. You should regularly clean your garden, pulling out weeds and pinching off dead or infested leaves as you spot them.
Start with Clean Soil
Using healthy soil will do more than help you grow beautiful crops, it will also aid with deterring common garden bugs. It may take more time to prepare, but you will see it is worth the effort. Here is a natural method you can try to keep your soil healthy:
• When the growing season begins, you should till your garden with organic matter, such as compost
• Once complete, use black plastic to cover your garden and keep it under wraps for six months
• When you remove the plastic, lightly cultivate the soil
• You can now begin planting
Placing natural elements in the soil will help to keep it clean and deter pests. The heat produced under the plastic should get rid of any existing bugs, including their eggs.
Rotate Your Crops
If you plant the same crops every year, the chances are that plant-specific insects and diseases will stick around, waiting for you to do your next round of spring planting. By rotating your crops, you can also avoid depleting vital soil nutrients.
Make Use of Beneficial Insects
While there are plenty of garden bugs out there you will want to avoid; there are some that can be of benefit to your garden. If you want to fight garden insect pests, then ladybugs can prove to be an invaluable tool. They eat mites and aphids, as well as the larvae and eggs of insects that can cause lots of damage to your garden.
You can purchase insects to release in your garden, just be sure to avoid using chemicals for ten days before releasing them. Other beneficial insects include parasitic wasps, hover flies, praying mantises and lacewings.
Keep an Eye Out for Pests
If you do end up with destructive bugs in your garden, then you want to make sure that you act quickly. The longer you leave it, the more damage your crops will sustain and the more difficult it will be to get rid of the problem. Perform regular checks and don’t delay in calling your local pest control services if necessary.