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How to Beat Bugs in Your Garden [video]

July 21st, 2016 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

bugs gardenYou can never escape the threat of bugs in the garden, but you can manage and plan for a bug attack. If you want to beat bugs in your garden it takes a good strategy and this video will give you tips to make sure bugs are kept at bay.

  • Healthy plants are strong plants and are less likely to be affected by bugs even though they may collect a little collateral damage on the way. Therefore it’s vital to ensure your crops are as healthy as possible. Keep crops healthy by following best gardening practice; watering soil in dry weather, planting with sufficient space to avoid overcrowding, keeping plants regularly weeded and using organic fertilizers to nourish them at key points in their lifecycle.
  • Many bugs like to hunt out your crops, but these bugs also have predators.  So the best tactic is to encourage natural allies who will hunt down the insects, slugs and other unwelcome garden visitors.  Ladybirds, garden birds, frogs and toads are perfect for this as they feed on pests destroying their populations before they become an issue.
  • Attract these predators into the garden by planting the flowers and plants that they will also feed on. So flowers that attract pollinators, or planting berry bushes to keep birds happy for instance.
  • Other methods of attracting insects can include placing bug hotels throughout your garden, allowing patches of grass to grow a little longer to provide shelter, and leaving deadwood in the corner of a garden to create breeding areas for beetles.
  • Frogs and toads love slugs and therefore they are great for keeping bugs at bay.  Adding a pond in your garden, even if it’s small, can create a habitat to attract frogs and toads though they will happily thrive if they have damp cool spaces to shelter too.
  • Place trees and shrubs around the perimeter of the garden to provide nesting sites and food for birds. Once established, they can assist in getting rid of pests such as snails and slugs and will reward you by raising their young in your garden each year.

These are just a few suggestions for keeping bugs at bay in your garden, watch the video for tips on many more methods.  If you have any techniques you use to keep pests away, do let us know in the comments section below.

How to Beat Bugs in Your Garden