There is nothing more frustrating than putting time and effort into creating a beautiful garden, only for pests to start attacking your plants! This can be a particular problem if you are growing your own crops at home. The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to help prevent garden pests.
One of the easiest ways to avoid unwanted garden pests is simply choosing varieties that are naturally resistant to common pests. For example, if you are interested in growing squash, Royal Acorn and Butternut are some of the more resistant varieties.
When your soil is healthy, your plants will also be healthy with a strong immune system, This gives them a better chance to fight off diseases and pests. There are a number of different ways to improve soil quality, including using natural fertilizer to help activate microbes within the soil.
Not all insects should be considered pests. Some of the more beneficial insects in your garden such as ladybugs, lacewings, and wasps will actually prey on pests. These beneficial insects are going to come in search of nectar, pollen, and shelter. Encourage them to visit by planting tall flowers and perennials around the edges of the garden to produce an attractive habitat. Sunflowers, Yarrow, Comfrey, Cosmos, and Sweet Alyssum are all excellent choices.
Stong scented herbs are also able to deter pests as they do not like the smell or the taste! Calendula, Coriander, Thyme, Garlic, or Chives are great options. They can be planted among or close to the flowers or vegetables that you are trying to protect.
These are just a few tips to help discourage pests in your garden. If you need more advice our knowledgeable staff at Northshore Nursery are happy to help you to pick out plants and offer additional tips. Drop by the garden center or call 865-816-6102.
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