Managing Garden Pests

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Garden Pests


While tending to my own garden, I have discovered that about the most disheartening items that can happen to a gardener is to walk outside to check on your plants. It's just a routine walk to ensure that your garden is thriving, but you end up finding holes in all of your plants that looked fine only hours before. The explanations for some of these plant-destroying holes are garden pests. A few of the primary garden pests are slugs, worms, caterpillars, foul, snails, and the rare gopher. Although you might never wipe out these pests entirely, on balance your hard work in the garden you have to act.

Insects are one or more of the most terrible things to get in your garden; they can live in the soil, in old weeds or piles of leaves, or in a number of other areas. As a way to help keep insects away, always try and eliminate places in your garden and near your garden that these critters and other plant diseases could be living. Remove decaying leaves, weeds, or any other decaying material that insects and diseases might be living in from your yard. Also, regularly consider your garden soil and break apart any clumps of dirt so that you are able to get rid of the living spaces any insects that can be hiding underground. Also make sure that the plants are watered correctly with a water timer with a garden hose soaker or sprinkler to prevent disease from weak plants.

A different way to rid your garden of the pests is to use dormant spray, which is used to keep destructive insects and diseases in check. It is better that you apply dormant spray when your plants are dormant, usually around February or early March. I have used dormant spray many times on my garden and it has worked wonders on keeping insects out. But as I learned from experience, dormant spray is only effective if you follow the correct instructions. When I first chose to use some on my garden, I just dumped it everywhere in hopes of killing everything harmful. Unfortunately I wound up killing my entire garden along with my neighbors. Some insects can be good to your garden though, so be certain to determine which insects help your garden.

Another pest problem I've had besides insects has been birds. Whenever I see birds in my garden I run outside a chase them away, but as soon as I step inside they come right back. The solution that I've produce to keep the birds faraway from my garden is to place a bird feeder in my yard. In place of costing me time and money by eating my garden, the birds eat at the bird feeder. Ultimately it'll save you cash. Not only can a bird feeder help keep birds far from your garden, but they can also be a new part of your yard decoration. Although not completely eliminating my bird problem, my bird feeder has made the issue smaller. Acquiring a dog has also helped.

If you start seeing mounds of dirt around your yard, and your plants keep unexplainably dying, you can assume that you have a gopher problem. Thankfully, this is probably one of the few garden pasts that I haven't had. However my friend has struggled with a tremendous gopher infestation, so I chose to research it. Gophers are rodents that are five to fourteen inches long. Their fur may be black, light brown, or white, and they have small tails. One technique of getting rid of these root-eating pests is to set traps. The key to successfully capturing a gopher using a trap is to successfully locate the gopher's tunnels and set the trap properly. A different way to get rid of them is to use smoke bombs, that you place into the tunnel and the smoke spreads through out it and hopefully reaches the gopher.

If you suspect that your gardens are being pillaged by any of the pests I mentioned, I encourage you to try your most difficult to eradicate the issue as soon as possible. The longer you let the species stay, the well-versed it will become.

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