One’s garden is at once a sanctuary, and a source of great pride for the work that you have put into it. Although the major factors in a garden’s health and beauty are things such as irrigation and fertilizer, there is another factor that should be considered whenever you are thinking about gardening. That of course is the presence of pests.
Pests in a garden can take several forms, from the insects that we are all familiar with, to mammals such as rodents, and even invasive plants such as weeds. There is nearly no end to the list of things that can damage or destroy your garden and reduce the level of pleasure you are able to take in it. Here is a list of some of the more common problems that can arise and what you can do to ameliorate the impact of each one.
This is likely to be the biggest and most tenacious problem you face when tending to a garden. The category of weeds in and of itself encompasses a huge range of plants that are undesirable or downright harmful to the beneficial plants you want to cultivate. Weeds can come from anywhere and often steal vital nutrients from the same soil that your plants need to flourish. They are also well known for blocking out vital sunlight to more beneficial plants, meaning that your garden will never be as healthy and beautiful as it can be if you allow these plants to grow unchallenged. To kill weeds you will need an effective and proven herbicide. These come in two forms, the first are pre emergent herbicides which kill the plants before they come out of the ground, and regular topical herbicides that treat those weeds that have already blossomed.
Although weeds are a huge problem in gardens, the threat of insects leads to even more plant damage per year. The most common pests that can and will damage your garden if they’re allowed to are insects such as ants, crickets and aphids, all of which bring their own destructive problems to the peace and serenity of your garden. For instance, ants not only can eat through the leaves and stems of your plants, but they also have a tendency to farm problem pests such as aphids, which are even more damaging to the garden over time. Often the best way to treat these sorts of pests is to use a natural or organic product first, such as diatomaceous earth, before moving on to the more powerful and potentially hazardous chemical pesticides. It often is enough to merely treat the problem with a more natural remedy first, before moving on to the big guns.
Most people likely think of rodents such as mice and rats as a household pest more than a pest you might find in the garden. While they are definitely more comfortable in one’s home, they are also quite capable of making themselves a nuisance in your garden.
This is most commonly seen when your fruits and vegetables are nearing harvest, because the rodents will recognize this as an easily accessible source of food, and there is rarely anything to stand between them and your plants should they decide to feast on them. There are a couple things that you can do though. The first is to think about placing rodent baits around the garden.
You will want to be careful though as many of these products can be harmful to pets and humans if they are accidentally exposed to them. Therefore you should always protect the bait with a rat bait stations. These products will keep the bait out of the hands of unwary children but still allow the rodents easy access to the poison. Using bait like this will definitely keep your garden free of this nuisance and ensure that all your fruits and vegetables survive until they get to your dinner table.