Keeping pests out of your garden is a vital part of keeping this space alive and thriving. This, however, is a task that could be far easier said than done. There are many different concerns that you might have about the pest controlling agents that can be used in this space, and you may be concerned about finding the ideal balance between effectiveness and overall safety when it comes to pest control.
Then there are costs that have to be accounted for. Controlling pests can become a very costly endeavor if you aren’t careful about how you get what you need. Fortunately, however, there are a number of tools that people can use to safely and affordably keep their gardens pest-free.
Having a good understanding of pest control method
Before committing to any specific pest control method, it is important to understand all that you can about the different options that exist. A lot of pest control solutions currently being offered on the market are basically designed to accomplish the same thing – for instance, repel snails – while others are actually designed to protect plants. To protect your garden plants, be sure to use some type of pesticide. With a pesticide, it is possible to prevent weeds from growing, add hormones to plant roots and repel animals and insects.
The notable difference between a product that is designed to keep spiders away from the home and one that is designed to keep spiders away from plants, is the fact that the second of these two options is designed specifically for use in a garden – do not use a non-pesticide repellent in your planting area as this could kill everything in your garden. A lot of people are bothered by the fact that pesticides are made with chemicals. Even though it is possible to strictly disburse these chemicals in the garden, keeping them there can be a far greater challenge.
Pesticides that are sprayed are naturally disbursed into the air and when it rains, these products can move from your garden into your neighbors’ yard or even into waterways and streams. There is definite concern over the long-term effects of these products as well as the effects of prolonged exposure resulting from humans having eaten the foods that were grown with pesticides.
Are pesticides bad for your garden?
Although there is still yet to be a conclusive decision on whether or not pesticides are bad (a lot points to the fact that certain pesticides are safe and essential while others are dangerous and non-essential), there are alternative pest control strategies that you can definitely use if you are interested in playing it safe.
These are commonly referred to as organic pest control strategies. They can include methods as simple as manually removing pests on your own. Regularly weed your garden rather than treating the entire space as soon as you spot a single wildflower. Instead of using poison to kill snails, slugs and other creeping things, wait for these to come out of the garden and then remove them by hand.
It is additionally possible to build a barrier around the garden, install garden beds that are raised, or put down salt to kill these things. Certain plants are natural repellents to pests that eat other types of foliage, so try planting some of these in your garden (you can work with someone at your local gardening center to find the best options for your space and needs). You also have the option of using fertilizer and topsoil that will attract bugs that will ultimately kill off insects that eat pants – this is called letting nature do the work for you.
If you are committed to saving money, then these natural and organic pest control methods are right for you. They don’t cost a lot of money to implement and some can even be used at no cost whatsoever. Protecting your garden organically can be the best thing for your wallet and for the natural environment.