Did pests get in the way of your gardening efforts? If that is the case you will have to work in getting rid of them as soon as possible, since not doing so would obviously make your gardening and landscaping for naught. The following tips will give you a few good ideas you can make do with, allowing you to get rid of them when the time arrives:
- Helping attract natural predators
One of the easier ways you can handle this is to attract species that happen to be natural predators of the specific pests you are pacing. A lot o the beneficial sides to this will be the fact that you can do this without using pesticides, but on the other hand it will be a bit more challenging to make it work. Small wasps can prey on caterpillars, which in turn would also be achieved if you work with flat-topped flowers such as parsley, dill, carrots and more. You can allow the plants to overwinter when the need arises, as they will grow some umbrella-shaped flowers in their second year. Doing the job will make your gardening easier and will give you a chance to handle the little things of the job far more easily.
- Growing some decoy plants
You would do well to try allowing for a single weed that is less bothersome to worry about among your cultivated crops. There are certain weeds that keep specific types of pests away from your plants, giving you a chance to lower the amount of work you need to do to make it so. Striped blister beetles for examples prefer to eat pigweed instead of other plants, so if you have them in your garden you could use pigweed to attract them that way. Keep checking the pigweed and you will see a good chance to eliminate your bugs. A good way to trap flea beetles is to use arugula and so forth for other species and combinations that would make it work for your gardening and landscaping efforts. You can use a handheld vacuum to suck up the bugs and to free your plants. If you have aphids, then you should keep in mind that they have a preference for yellow flowers, so using yellow nasturtiums will be a good choice close to your tomatoes. When the aphids move on to your chosen decoy plants, you can root them out and destroy them alongside the pests.
- Removing your mulch
Organic mulching can leave straw, leaves and more that would prevent weeds, maintain good moisture levels for your soil and its quality. Under specific conditions your mulch can also be a home for pill bugs, slugs, sow bugs and so much more. This would become an issue if the mulch is not pulled away from the stems and stalks of your young transplants and seedlings. Make it so and you will have no issues at all when the time arrives so you can be rid of potential dangers.