Are you short on time? Do you want your garden to look good? In this case, you might be tempted to reach for the chemical pest control options from the shelf if you get a pest issue.
The problem with choosing chemicals to fix your garden pest issue is that those chemicals really aren’t good for anything other than getting rid of the pest.
Sure, they might effectively get your outdoor space
These days, most of us would rather be green and eco-friendly with our pest control if we can help it. We all want to do our bit, even if it is as simple as using pest control that is as planet-friendly as possible.
If you’re wanting to keep your garden pest free whilst remaining as safe and gentle on the earth as possible, we have some really great solutions for you to consider:
Encourage Natural Predators
Most pests have natural predators that will do the job of pest control for you. By encouraging those pests to visit your garden you can effectively make the circle of life in your garden beneficial to your pest-control needs.
Garden pests like slugs, snails and aphids can all be controlled with a wide number of natural predators such as:
You can encourage these natural predators easily by adding some new plants to your garden. In addition, accessories like bird houses, hedgehog houses and natural insect stacks can actively bring the right kinds of critters to your yard.
Remove Those Pesky Pests By Hand
Sometimes removing pests by hand isn’t such a chore if there aren’t too many of them. Take a pot and remove the insects with your hands to keep your plants pest free, and to avoid the use of chemicals.
Utilise Natural Pest Devices
Pests like cats can be deterred with the use of all kinds of horrible sprays and tactics. However, for the sake of the animals and keeping things civil with your neighbours, it is worth using methods less controversial.
Lion dung, cat scarers and spikes are all-natural, chemical-free options for keeping those pesky kitties from your backyard. You can read more about keeping cats away from your garden in our handy pet section of the Wezaggle blog.
It may sound simple, but spraying water can be an easy way to get rid of pests in the home. Adding some organic soap to the water will help the solution to be more effective. This is an age-old method used for generations effectively in gardening.
In some cases you can spray the solution onto the plants. In other cases with larger plants, you may want to jet spray using a hose for effective pest removal.
This process might take commitment a couple of times a day but it can be an easy way to get rid of pests.
Contact Local Gardening Groups
This may sound a little odd to do when you’re looking for pest control, but who knows local gardening pests better than local gardening groups?
The chances are those people know all too well the pests you’re struggling with. Even better, they will be happy to share tips on pest control.
By using this method to understand how to control garden pests without chemicals, you’ll benefit from the most appropriate tips for your local area.
In addition, you will make new friends and might even gain a new place to go for additional gardening tips in the future.
Organic Sprays & Products
There are a huge range of products available from reputable garden centres and online to help you protect your garden in an organic way.
Those products can be just as effective as chemical sprays, but they aren’t going to damage the environment or put your pets at risk in the same way.
Companion planting is an incredible way to control pests in your garden. If you are patient enough, you can grow a garden that actively works to control pests for you.
So next to a plant that struggles with certain pests, you plant next to it a plant that naturally attracts animals that will kill the pests you want rid of.
The Edible Garden series by Alys Fowler has some amazing tips on gardening in this way.
There is something to be said for a homemade DIY contraption if it works. When it comes to lots of garden pest issues there are lots of potential crafts you can make to help. For example, pigeons can be scared off eating fresh fruits from your trees by hanging old CDs from string.
Squirrels can be scared off with numerous DIY bird feeding contraptions you can make in an afternoon.
Don’t underestimate your own abilities to create a fantastic anti-pest device to rival even the best premade options in the shops.
Avoiding Attracting Pests Altogether
If you have no need for certain things that will attract pests, then why have them? It may sound simple but sometimes we can make life harder for ourselves for no good reason.
- If there is a flower you like that attracts pests, and another you like just as much that doesn’t, why not do a quick change?
- If there are things in your garden you need, want or have no control over keeping, then you can avoid attracting pests in many easy ways.
- Keep seagulls and foxes away from your rubbish by sealing bags properly, using containers animals can’t scratch or bite open.
- Keep plants that attract pests in sealed poly tunnels or greenhouses.
- Use foods for the birds that squirrels will not try and steal.
Naturally doing things that won’t attract pests in the first place will stop you having a pest problem at all.
Hopefully our tips have helped you feel confident in keeping your backyard free of pests without having to use chemicals and nasty solutions to solve the problem.
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