How to Keep Your Garden Pest-Free

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Have you ever been attacked by snails or aphids? Whether you believe it or not, even the smallest pests like them can cause the most devastation in a garden. Although they are inevitable, this doesn’t mean that you should use harmful chemicals just to get rid of them. Here are some proven and tested techniques to keep these tiny creatures away:

 

1. Grow healthy and disease-free plants.

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The best way to keep the garden pests at bay is to grow healthy plants. But if you already have grown plants, you don’t have to worry either. You can inspect the leaves regularly and check for any signs of discoloration or damage. If you notice any, remove them by pinching them off the plants. Also, to keep them healthy, you have to water them regularly. Enrich them with nutrients by putting natural organic fertilizers in your garden soil.

2. Attract natural predators.

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Attracting their natural predators is the easiest way to keep the pests away from the garden. However, the approach may differ depending on the type of pest you are dealing with. For instance, while aphids or plant lice are the enemies of ladybugs and wasps, slugs are scared of lizards, snakes, toads, and beetles. So, if possible, conduct a research on the different ways on how to attract the critters that can help you solve your pest problem.

3. Create an unsafe passage.

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Pests like snails, caterpillars, and slugs creep their way from the plants to the ground. Hence, you have to make their passage an unsafe way. You can make it sharp by spreading crushed eggshells beneath the plants. For sure, these soft-bellied creatures wouldn’t want to come closer.

4. Make a stink.

There are plenty of plants, such as yarrow, mint, catnip, lemongrass, basil, citronella, and fennel that naturally deter garden pests. By planting them, you won’t just keep the unwanted pests off the garden. You can also attract the predators that keep them under control.

5. Prepare a poison.

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Substances like flour, beer, coffee, and salt are substances that are totally safe for humans, but are seriously poisonous to slugs, snails, and other insects. You can spread these natural pesticides into the soil to wipe out pests and insects.

6. Create traps and barriers.

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If you don’t want to depend on nature exclusively, traps and barriers can be used to prevent pests from causing damage to your crops. While nets can ward off aphids, butterflies, and birds, cloches can be used to deter slugs from other plants. If you want rabbits to stay away from certain plants, you can install mesh and statues. Based on these facts, you need to know your enemies first in order to identify the best possible line of defense.

7. Practice crop rotation.

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It is a good idea to rotate your crops yearly to keep any unwanted insects and plants away from your idea. When you practice crop rotation on a yearly basis, it will make it hard for the pests to locate them.

When it comes to pests, prevention is always better than cure. So, make sure you regularly inspect your plants to ensure all nasty pests are avoided.

Author: Demi Crawford
Demi loves anything Australian, and she’s your go-to person when it comes to family well-being and animal rights. She shares her knowledge by providing content for blogs like Dawson’s Australia. If you want helpful updates, follow her on Twitter: @DemiCrawford31

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18 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Garden Pest-Free”

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  2. Its really a good share to keep our garden pest free. I am looking for company in toorak for birds control and pest control. Do you have any reference from where i can get affordable services.

    Looking for your reply

    Thanks

    1. HI Mark,
      No I don’t have any personal suggestions since I don’t live anywhere near the area. Sorry. My best suggestions is to ask friends or neighbors or go to your local municipal authorities to find out. Check on the internet some times that can save you a lot of time and make it easy to check companies out. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day!

  3. I really love this post!!! There are so many effective, chemical-free ways to improve the life of your gardens and landscaping. Not only are these things easily accessible, but also so cost-effective. I have always been a big fan of planting with coffee grounds, and so many coffee shops hand it our free and have it readily available. (I don’t think I could sacrifice beer as an alternative!)

    1. Hi Saul,
      Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I agree with you there are so many ways we can work with nature to control pest and improve soil naturally without chemicals. Have a healthy happy and blessed day! Marla

      1. I have also heard that using a seaweed mulch or spray can be very effective, but have never used myself. Do you have any experience with this?

        1. Hi Saul,
          I have never used it but I do understand it is rich in nutrients, will help to deter pests, and stop weeds. I don’t think it is readily available unless you live near the ocean – at least I have not seen it. The spray I don’t know a lot about except that you can buy on line and it is suppose to be a wonderful fertilizer and give high crop yields. I do use a fish oil fertilizer on my house plant that works very well. I might look into the seaweed spray next spring before I start planting. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Let me know if you have any good information on it. Have a great day! Marla

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Hope these ideas help you deal with the pests on veggies plants. Some work better on certain plants than others. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend. Marla

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  7. Hi Marla,
    These are wonderful, easy to implement, safe, green and natural gardening tips. My father could have used these tips when he was battling pests in our backyard garden years ago when I was a child. Unfortunately, he resorted to harmful, chemical methods at that time. Thanks for sharing ways to keep our gardens pest free on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Thanks for sharing my article. I am so glad that slowly people are learning safe and non-toxic ways to rid their backyards of pest. Have a healthy happy blessed day! Marla

  8. Eva @ Kidminds

    I wish I read this article in the beginning of the season. We lost all of our strawberries to rabbits and almost all of the apples (hundreds of them) to something that crawls from the ground. We didn’t figure out what it is yet, but we are convinced that it’s definitely something that crawls from the ground because the closer to the ground the more damage and the apples on the very top of the apple trees are still fine. I will save your suggestions for next year!

    1. HI Eva,
      That is really discouraging to loss your produce to pests. Hopefully next year you will be better prepared and be able to save your strawberries and apples. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed day. Marla

  9. Thanks so much for these tips! I have a smaller scale garden and this is great! This is my first time linking to RRF. Thank you for hosing.

    1. Welcome to RFF blog hop and we are so happy to have you as part of RFF. I am glad that my tips were helpful to you. Thank you for reading my article and commenting. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend! Marla

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