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Having a garden is a dream come true for many people across the world. They get to grow their favorite plants, maintain it daily, water it and treat it like their own creation, with lots of care and love. However, each garden has a group of pests following, and sometimes fighting these pests can be very annoying, but there are ways of protecting your garden without using pesticides or any other harmful products that might endanger more than just one species of animals. Here is a natural way of doing it.

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Create a healthy garden

The easiest way to prevent pests from ruining your garden is to create an environment which will discourage them from coming into. One way of doing so is by creating a healthy garden. Start by pulling out weak plants; these tend to be infected or attract predators, and pulling it from your garden will prevent all that. Make sure you develop a natural soil before you start planting on it, to ensure longevity and prosperity of your future buds. Use clean mulch to dispose of debris and weeds which tend to be a natural breeding place for insects. Once you are done dealing with infected plants, disinfect your tools before moving on to another area to prevent further infection.

Attract healthy insects

Having beneficial insects in your garden is one way of getting rid of harmful insects, for they tend to prey on harmful insects and their larvae. There are many ways to attract them to your garden; however if you fail to do so, you can always buy them from a catalogue. You are going to needs wasps: brachonids, chalcids and ichneumons. They will ensure that all the leaf-eating caterpillars are gone. By planting carrots, parsley or celery you will attract these leaf-savers. Ladybugs are another addition to every garden, for they tend to feed on aphids, mites, whiteflies and scale. By planting plants from the daisy family, you will attract ladybugs to your garden. Also, consider attracting lacewings and hover flies to get rid of aphids or ordering praying mantis eggs to get rid of pretty much every garden pest. Letting your baby grow healthy is all that matters.

Non-toxic sprays

Many homemade remedies are inexpensive and very effective, especially when fighting pests. They have shown great results in terms of fighting insects, and you can create your own home version of healthy and non-toxic spray to use it with a modern backpack sprayer. Here are a few formulas to get you going:

  • Aphids and mealybugs: Into a quart of water mix one tablespoon of canola oil and a few drops of Ivory soap. Shake it, and then pour into a spray bottle. Spray plants from above down, and from below up in order to reach the underside of the leaves.
  • Grubs: Milky spore is a known grub repellant. Granules tend to spread all over the soil and kill all larvae, and once you kill the larvae, you will kill the beetle.
  • Mites and other small insects: Mix a few drops of Ivory soap and two tablespoons of hot pepper into a quart of water. Once it stays overnight, simply spray your plants with it. Shake the spray multiple times during usage.

There are many other formulas, and if you have a problem with a specific type of insects, look it up online for a natural remedy against them.

Create traps and natural barriers

By putting easily-made traps all over your garden, you will prevent many insects and rodents from entering and pillaging your garden. Use yellow flypaper coated in sticky substance to get rid of most aphids and whiteflies. In fact, any yellow paper might just do the trick. Use sticky red sphere traps to get rid of apple maggots; all you have to do is hang one trap for every 100 apples in a tree. If you are looking to protect seedlings, create row cowers. If you are creative enough, you will see that there are hundreds of ways to protect your garden by simply placing barriers and preventing moths and other harmful larvae from eating your crops and flowers.

Creating a garden is hard enough, yet maintaining one takes a lot more dedication and determination. Growing a garden is just a first step, but ensuring that it stays bloomy and flourishing is in your hands completely. Do not use dangerous pesticides to get rid of insects; instead, ensure that your garden is healthy by applying natural remedies and ways of keeping pests away.

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