How to Deal with Garden Pests

One of the most frustrating things for me about gardening is to walk outside to enjoy your garden and find holes in your plants that looked fine only hours before. The most common explanations for some of these unsightly holes are garden pests. There are a lot of garden pests like slugs, caterpillars, birds, snails, and the occasional ground hog or gopher.

So after all your hard work in the garden you have to do something, don’t you? Of course you realize you will never wipe out these pests entirely. So let’s look at what you can do about some of them.

 Garden Pests Insects:
Insects can be a big problem to have in your garden. They can live under the soil, in piles of old weeds or leaves and in many other places. One of the best ways to help keep insects away is to try and eliminate places they could be living in or near your garden. So make sure you remove old leaves, weeds, or any other decaying matter from your yard. It’s also a good idea to regularly turn over your garden soil and break apart any clumps of dirt that they might be hiding under. This will eliminate the living spaces for many of the insects.

You can also get rid of garden pests by using dormant spray. Dormant spray is often used to keep destructive insects and diseases under control. You definitely want to use dormant spray though when your plants are dormant. Usually this means using it around February or early March. It really can work wonders at keeping insects out. But be aware, dormant spray is only effective if you follow the instructions well. You also need to be careful as it can be harmful to plants in your garden if you don’t use it as described. You also need to be aware that some insects can be beneficial to your garden and you don’t want to harm them.

 Garden Pests Birds:
Birds sure can be a problem if you have fruit or berries in your garden. The problem is they don’t scare easily. A solution I’ve used to keep the birds out of my fruit and berries is to put a bird feeder in my yard. Instead of destroying my hard work by eating my garden, the birds eat at the bird feeder. It will save you money In the long run. Birds can be a lot of fun to watch and a feeder will help you do that and help keep them away from your garden. Although it may not completely eliminate your bird problem, it will sure make it smaller. Having a cat can also help.

 Garden Pests Critters:
If you start seeing mounds of dirt in your yard and your plants unexplainably keep dying, you may have a gopher or ground hog problem. Ground hogs are rodents about five to fourteen inches long with black or light brown fur. One of the best methods of getting rid of these root-eating pests is to set a live trap and then transferring them to the country after you capture them.

If you suspect that your gardens are being pillaged by any of the pests I mentioned, I encourage you to try your hardest to eliminate the problem as soon as possible. The longer you let the species stay, the more established it will become.

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