Slugs, deer and other garden terminating pests are a part of our nature. However, it doesn’t mean one should start tolerating them as being a natural part of your garden. These tips would definitely help you to get rid of pest and keep your plants pest-free without using harsh chemicals.
Most of the time people stop using chemicals in their gardens and yards to avoid excessive chemical exposure. These tips highlight several ways to keep your landscape lush and the garden unmolested by pests without having any toxic spray on anything or using any sprayer that requires an OSHA canister mask for safe use. Here are some of the easy solutions which you can apply without wasting your time on the most time-consuming options which require advanced planning.
Additions to Your Garden’s Defenses
There are three main groups which are involved in ruining your garden: insects (like worms tomato, bees), gastropods (like slugs and snails) and mammals (like rabbits and deer). You will invest in heavy weaponry for dealing all these three main groups, but before busting out the poisons and the neurotoxins, there are some other cheap and non-toxic ways to prevent pests.
If you are really worried for revealing yourself to harsh chemicals then you have one chance to try those natural deterrents first through exterminating the lower end of the food chain like the insects and slugs in your yard and it will also prevent natural predators like birds and other insects from staying in your yard.
Catch on the Coffee:
Coffee is great addition to your garden. This will add nitrogen to the soil and increase the acidity for the acid loving plants and prevent a wide range of creatures to stand on the coffee grounds. Cats hate coffee, slugs hate coffee, and sometimes it is an effective repulsive for picky deer.
Coffee grounds will prevent the slugs for a limited time. The more effective and the long-lasting is copper as the snails and slugs hate copper. You have a lot of options using the copper in a variety of forms to keep slugs and snails away from your garden. To prevent the slugs crawling up to your potted plants you can put an attractive copper tape around the body of the container. You can also protect the plants on the ground by thin copper sheet and make the rings around the plants you want to defend and when you are almost done, it will look like your plants have a strong holds in the center of little copper castles. Also, you can buy pot scrubbies that are made of copper mesh then simply cut the tie in the middle of the scrubbie and then loosen the copper mesh into a long tube to cape around your plants. If you build copper mesh fences for lots of plants then it will be cheaper buying a commercial roll of copper gardening mesh.
If you fail to prevent slugs then you have another option to start tricking them. You can make a slug trap with an orange rind and some beer or grape juice. Half rinds with orange and citrus fruits like grapefruits and place it in your garden. Slugs will gather to the rind and the next morning you can throw the rind in the trash. You can also put beer or grape juice around the garden and see the slugs will dump in.
Plant Pest Resistant Plants
Some of the plants are resistant to get attack by the pests than others due to the tough fibers, bad taste, and other natural deterrents. The best option is to check with your local nurseries and see which plants grow best in your areas and natural pest protection.
Rabbits are notoriously persistent, nimble and very sneaky. They also love fruits and vegetables growing in the garden. They can hole up to two feet in the ground. One of the best defense used for rabbits is chicken wire. Rabbits also detect the smell of the garlic. Place the chicken wire underground and above ground. This will prevent them to sneak around your garden.
Mosquitoes are the most annoying and harmful for your garden. You can also be bitten by those mosquitoes so it would be dangerous for you as well as for the garden. The common ingredient used in conventional bug spray is Deet which is associated with cancer, toxicity, rashes and reproductive. Prevent mosquitoes naturally using a eucalyptus repugnant that contains the natural oil named eucalyptol. This repellent is highly effective and is a nontoxic alternative.