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Controlling Garden Pests

Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home… Controlling Garden Pests

controlling garden pestsBeetles and bugs aren’t the only thing that might attack your garden. You’ll also want to be prepared for deer, rabbits, gophers, and other four-legged creatures. Containers gardens as well as in-ground gardens are susceptible to both types, however.

Dealing with the multi-legged, flying-type of pest

• Inspect regularly for foliage and fruit-eating insects
• Apply an EPA-approved insecticide according to package directions or:
• Combine 1 part grated soap to 5 parts water. Allow the soap to dissolve. Spray on affected plants.

Dealing with powdery mildew - a white cotton wool often found on garden plants
• Apply a mixture of: 2 cloves garlic, 2 tsp. Cayenne pepper, 1 cup vinegar. Blend in blender, strain. Spray on affected plants.

Four-legged, furry pests
Keeping these hungry nibblers away from your gardens and containers can be a little tricky. Some varieties like deer and squirrels have become very creative in their methods for raiding the garden.

• A fence around your garden is one possibility. Just be sure it’s tight enough to the ground to keep out rabbits and tall enough that deer can’t jump over.
• Some say that clippings of human or dog hair scattered around the garden will keep pests away.
• Noise makers hung on bird feeders or bird houses or string around the garden may help scare away critters.
• You could also try covering our plants and veggies at night, since this is when most of the four-legged’s are out.

Protecting your garden from pests can be a challenge. But, it’s one worth spending the effort on to maximize your garden enjoyment.

For more information, try visiting common garden pests.