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10 Ways to Outsmart Common Garden Pests (Part Two)

As promised, we will now be returning to the all important subject of keeping your garden free of problematic pests next year. We’re sharing a bunch of our own personal favourite tips and a few extras from leading garden designers, who know exactly what it takes to keep pests at bay.

So once again, proceed in accordance with the following and you may find the problem much easier to deal with next year. That is, unless you manage to prevent it becoming problematic in the first place!

6.  Bring Out the Coffee

An absolute favourite among garden designers at all levels, coffee grounds have multiple benefits for most gardens. Along with adding a solid dose of nitrogen to the soil, they are also great for the kinds of plants that like slightly elevated acidity. What’s more, there are so many pests and unwanted garden guests that absolutely cannot stand coffee. Which means that instead of throwing your coffee grounds straight onto the compost pile like normal, you might want to think about placing a liberal dose around the plants that seem to be prime targets for pests.

7. Grow Even More Decoys

Most professional garden designers rely on decoy plants to keep problematic pests confined to specific areas of the gardens they design. Along with the decoys we’ve already suggested, it’s worth bearing in mind that aphids seem to be in love with anything yellow. Which means that if you are encountering problems with aphids on any of your plants, the solution could be as simple as increasing the prevalence of yellow flowers in your garden. For example, garden designers often use yellow nasturtiums in close proximity to tomato plants to keep their fruits as safe as possible.

8. Pull Back the Mulch

While the vast majority of garden designers swear by the benefits of mulch, it needs to be used strategically and carefully. While it can be great at improving soil quality, retaining moisture and preventing weed growth, it can also provide pretty ideal conditions for insects looking to set up home at the expense of your plants. Which is why it is typically recommended that mulch be pulled a minimum of around 2 inches away from the stems and stalks of younger seedlings in particular. Otherwise, you could be doing little other than inadvertently creating the ideal conditions for insects like slugs, sow bugs, and pill bugs to thrive.

9.  Cover It Up

There are also so many unique advantages to the use of row covers that most garden designers recommend their use wherever possible. The primary benefits of stretching row covers all over your crops is the way in which they create much more easily controllable atmospheric conditions. By trapping a blanket of warm air around your plants, both established specimens and seedlings alike are provided with much better conditions in which to grow and thrive. What’s more, row covers have also been proven time and time again to significantly reduce the likelihood of your plants being attacked by various pests. Particularly if you are growing cabbages, squash or cucumbers, you could find that row covers make all the difference in a variety of ways.

10. Take Out the Trash

Last but not least, one of the single most effective ways of keeping your garden free from problematic pests is simply working hard to keep it clean and tidy in the first place. Garden debris that isn’t removed at the earliest possible juncture does little other than give pests of all shapes and sizes the perfect place to hide out. The problem being that when debris is left unaddressed indefinitely, the pests you struggled with the year before can survive the winter and once again get back to business in the spring. The idea being that in order to break this cycle, professional garden designers are meticulous when it comes to getting rid of fallen fruit, spent crops, faded flowers and all other debris in general.

Just remember that if you do find yourself dealing with a pest infestation, there’s no need to resort to dangerous chemical pesticides. With so many organic alternatives available, even the most advanced pest infestations can usually be brought under control without bringing toxins into the equation.

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