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Say No to Garden Pests

There’s nothing worse than putting sweat, toil, and tears into your garden, only to find that garden pests are reaping all of the rewards. When planning a garden, check with local nurseries or the Department of Agriculture to see what pests you’re likely to encounter with the plants you’re sowing.

Most likely every gardener will encounter some sort of garden pest, whether deer, slugs, aphids, or other nuisance but to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Birds and Ladybugs, a Step Above the Insects

If your garden has succumbed to harmful insects like aphids, earwigs, mites, or mealybugs, you may want to consider an insecticide from your local stores. If you’re wary of using chemicals there are plenty of homemade remedies you can try, too. These vary depending on which insects are preying on your plants, but a quick Google search can conjure up a great deal of these remedies. Other suggestions include keeping a birdbath or wall fountain in or near your garden or introducing other insects like ladybugs into your garden - both birds and ladybugs are one step above your insect pests on the food chain.

Slimy Pests, Fuzzy Pests, and Furry Pests

For slugs and snails, one easy solution is to simple pick them off and find them a new home. The age-old remedy of setting out a saucer of beer is another method you may try.

If your pests are of the furry variety - mammals like deer, rabbits, squirrels, etc. - then a small fence or chicken wire will help to keep them at bay. Having a dog on guard will also deter these animals, as well as having wind chimes nearby since the sudden noises will startle the skittish creatures. If your fuzzy wuzzies are of the burrowing nature, like moles, then the solution is a little trickier. You can try flooding their tunnel with a hose, but if the animal is persistent you may need to get yourself some traps. Another solution includes installing concrete block barriers around your garden, but they have to be about two feet down into the ground in order to be effective.

Warding Off Garden Disease

There is still one other garden pest you may encounter and it can be difficult to identify and to eradicate: disease. Many diseases can crop up in your garden plants, ailments like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and nematodes. Signs of a diseased plant include cankers, wilting, fruit or leaf blight, spots, or fruit rot. The best way to help prevent disease is to always water the soil around the plant and not the leaves, till the soil before planting, keep it fertilized, and train plants to grow upright by using plant cages or propping stakes and string to keep fruits from contacting the soil, which can result in more fruit rots.

The best way to deal with garden pests is to ensure that your garden never gets them. Gardens that are cultivated in raised beds, properly drained and fertilized and surrounded by chicken wire or fencing will stand a much better chance of thriving and growing to a lush beautiful plot that you can appreciate and enjoy all season long.

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