A wide range of garden pests and other unwanted intruders are attracted to people’s gardens and you need to find ways to control them, so that the damage they cause is kept to a minimum. Below are some of the most effective ways you can keep nature under control in your garden and yard.
Regularly Monitor Your Garden, Lawn and Yard
The more you monitor the outside area of your home, the quicker you can react to problems that can be caused by insects, bugs, rodents and birds. The telltale signs of an issue in your garden, lawn or yard include discolored leaves, damaged leaves, discolored grass, signs of a disturbance in certain areas outside your home, animal droppings and grass and plants that are failing to grow.
Educate Yourself and Look for Advice from Gardening Professionals
You don’t always have to take drastic measures to protect the outside area of your home. A better, longer term solution is to educate yourself and look for advice from gardening professionals and homeowners who may be having the same problems with nature that you’re having. For example, instead of always using pesticides to kill any unwanted insects in your garden, you should look for more natural solutions.
A lawn is the main feature outside many homes and it is a feature that’s under attack from many different pests. Some unwanted visitors love to dig up a lawn, while others cause trouble below the surface of your lawn.
For example, grub worms can cause all kinds of problems because they eat grass roots and this has the potential to destroy large areas of your lawn if this problem persists. This is why it’s vital to understand how to get rid of grub worm quickly, so that your lawn can thrive once again.
Attract the Right Visitors to Your Garden
Not all visitors to your garden are harmful and some may even be your best allies when it comes to controlling pests in your garden. For example, certain insects and birds feed on insects and bugs that could cause damage in your garden, so you should not take a ‘kill all’ approach to this problem.
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A garden can benefit from the existence of bees, spiders, ladybugs and a range of other different insects that feed on other bugs. Bugs and pests you want to target include slugs, aphids, white flies and other pests that feed on grass, vegetables, flowers and other plants.
Sow Plants That Repel Garden Pests
The plants, shrubs and flowers you sow in your garden can be just as effective at controlling unwanted insects and other garden intruders. Good examples include basil that repels mosquitoes and house flies, while thyme repels a wide range of insects, including different types of worms and harmful flies such as whiteflies.
Add Bird Feeders and Bird Baths to Specific Areas Outside Your Home
Birds can be welcome and unwelcome visitors in a garden. They feed on a wide range of garden pests but they can also damage plants and flowers or even make a mess in your garden and yard areas. However, you can attract your feathered friends to certain areas of your garden or lawn by installing bird baths and feeders and prevent them from entering other parts of your garden by using netting and other methods.
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Dispose of Waste Properly
Prevention is better than cure and this is particularly true when it comes to pest prevention. Many of the most destructive insects, rodents and other pests are attracted to the waste products we produce in our homes. This is why it’s crucial to dispose of all household waste in an efficient manner and don’t leave it lying around outside your home.
Use Natural Remedies
Natural problems usually have natural cures, so you should look for natural ways to deal with garden pests such as snails, slugs and flies, instead of using harmful pesticides and similar products. Eggshells, beer, vinegar and baking soda are just some of the substances that repel many of the most persistent pests.
If you want to maintain the outside of your home properly, you need to be aware of the natural threats that exist. Once you are aware of these dangers, it’s then possible to take actions that will allow you to deal with these threats in a safer, more effective manner.