When it comes to your yard and garden, you want to keep pests at bay to allow your flower, grass, and shrubs to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, if you don’t plan properly pests can infest these areas causing serious damage and also becoming irritating to you when you’re try to relax outdoors. While there are many chemicals available on the market to get rid of pests, many homeowners are interested in using more natural means of pest control in their yards to protect their families as well as the environment. Here are 5 basic green pest control tips for eco-conscious homeowners.
- Instead of using harmful products and chemicals, you can actually turn to your own kitchen for resources to help fight pests! For example, a bit of beer in a shallow dish can attract slugs, killing them once they encounter the liquid. Cleaned a crushed egg shells can also be spread at the base of plants to effectively keep away slugs and cutworms. For more DIY ideas, be sure to talk to a professional at your local garden center or the people at WATTS pest prevention.
- Keep your garden beds neat and clean. Pests are typically attracted to messes and will thrive in areas with lots of stick, leaves, and debris. Keep them at bay by keeping your garden beds and your lawn neat and tidy. Also, if you grow any vegetables in your garden, be sure to pick them as soon as they are ripe. Over ripe vegetables that have been sitting out will attract more pests to come into your garden for a feast!
- Some plants have natural properties that can actually repel pests on their own! Talk to a professional at your local garden center to find plants that will work in your yard. The best pest controlling plants include citronella, spearmint, fennel, marigolds, lemongrass, and more. These not only enhance the look of your garden but will also keep bugs away the natural, eco-friendly way!
- Use barriers to shield plants from bugs. You can purchase netting to lay over your plants, especially over vegetables or plants in your garden that pests seem to target most frequently. Find netting with a balance between tight weave and enough looseness to allow the plants to receive sunlight , air, and water.
- Finally, draw in the bird! Birds love to snack on pests and bugs, add they can add some life and beauty to your yard! Put out a bird bath or a bird feeder to entice birds into your yard.
All of these pest control tips are simple and effective for any homeowner to use in their garden space. Pest controlling plants, birds, and barriers are safe for your family and the environment, but will also help you get rid of or deter pests in your garden and backyard spaces. Instead of using harmful chemicals and pesticides for your pest control, keep it natural and see the same results without the negative, harmful consequences.