Slugs, ants and millipedes might be a part of our natural environment but that doesn’t mean we want them in our garden. While they are generally harmless they can be quite a nuisance and most people want to take steps to eliminate them or keep pests under control. Get started with the following tips below to ensure your garden stays pest free.
• The first step is to remove anything that may attract pests .This means rake up leaves and clean up any debris .It sounds a bit obvious but leaves left lying around will start rotting and provide the perfect food and environment for pests such as millipedes, ants and slugs. Cover all trashcans, recyclable goods and compost heaps to prevent attracting flies and ants. Pests also tend to dig holes under piles of debris to find shelter from other pests that try to eat them. Clean up any debris lying around your garden to prevent providing homes for pests to linger in.
• Trim all plants that are close to the house and uproot weeds. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing but if weeds are left to flourish they gives pests a place to hide and trap excess moisture. They make a great hiding spot for pests like termites which may compromise the quality and foundation of your home. When trimming the plants in your garden make sure to keep them about 10 inches away from the home to prevent them becoming an access point for pests to your home.
• A long term solution to pest problems is to plant plants that are naturally resistant to pests. Their resistance could be due to their horrible taste, tough indigestible fibers and thorns among many other deterrents. This can come in two forms by either organizing your garden from the beginning to only have pest resistant plants or if a garden is already in place you can attempt companion planting. This involves placing vulnerable plants next to pest repellant plants. A good example is tomato plants next to Basil and Oregano. You get healthy pest free tomatoes as the strong smell from the herbs keeps the pests away. A great thing about strongly scented plants is that they attract birds. These feathered friends eat insects and other garden pests, keeping the pest problem under control.
These simple tips are not only affordable but will help keep the pests in your garden under control.