Pests are a major factor that can make or break your garden. While certain pests can be beneficial to the livelihood of your garden, others can be detrimental. This makes it important to be fully aware of the ones you don’t want around, as well what you should be doing to keep them out! Outlined below are the three best ways to control pests in your garden.
1. Insecticidal Soap
Insecticidal soap is best used for large outbreaks of soft-bodied insects such as whiteflies, spider mites and aphids. The active ingredient is the fatty acids, which helps to break down the protective cuticles of the bug so that it becomes dehydrated and eventually dies. For insecticidal soap to be effective, it must come in direct contact with the insect. You do not have to worry, as there is no residual effect. However, as new hatches occur, you need to treat your plants every five to seven days.
How to Apply Insecticidal Soap
Wet both sides of the leaves before applying insecticidal soap. Note that the soap can cause leaf burn, therefore, do not use on all of your plants without first testing the soap on a few of them.
Most soaps are concentrated, which means you need to dilute them before use. Furthermore, after diluting the soaps, keep it for a few days before use.
2. Neem Oil Spray
Neem oil is best used as a preventive measure on your garden; it is used to manage bean beetles, potato beetles, squash bugs and other leaf-eating beetles. Neem oil consists of several natural steroids, which causes the pests to lose interest in laying eggs, as well as eat less, more slowly.
Apply Neem oil at first sign of adult insects in your gardening for maximum results. Reapply the oil every 7 days throughout the duration of the entire growing season. You still need to pick the adult insects and eggs regularly, even though egg-laying will be greatly reduced. An
How to apply Neem oil
- Mix Neem oil concentrate with lukewarm water.
- Wet both sides of the affected plants.
- Shake well before spraying.
- Do not spray when plants are stressed from lack of water and hot days.
- Test plants reaction by spraying on a few leaves; wait to see reactions after 48 hours. If the leaves are not burnt, you can spray on the entire plant.
3. Apply Nematodes to Your Soil
Nematodes are tiny worms naturally present in soil. They
If the available nematodes in your soil are not enough to control garden pests, you can add to
Nematodes lose effectiveness over time, so do not store them for a long time, try to apply them to your soil as soon as possible. Do not save already mixed nematodes; because they only live for a short period of time. Do not apply nematodes to your soil until it has reached 60 degrees. The preferred application time is in the evening, or when it is overcast. The recommended number of nematodes per 1000 square feet is about 23 million. You can hire a professional pest control company if you do not know how to apply them.
Organic pest control is a safe and effective way to prevent pests from taking over your garden, lawn, and home. Gardening, landscaping, and lawn care can be difficult, and aren’t for everyone. If you desire a beautiful landscape, or need help controlling pests, but don’t feel you are successful yourself, you can always contact a professional or learn more tips and tricks.