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Home Improvement / January 6, 2021
When winter comes, frost may not be the reason for your garden’s failure to thrive. Pests invading your lawn are also likely culprits. Rodents, insects, worms and other critters may sneak under your plants for warmth and shelter. Some of them even use your plants for food. These pests are especially troublesome if you have a backyard farm. The produce you should’ve been using for your own food or profit gets ruined by large bite marks and rot.
If you want your plants to survive every season, you need to protect them from pests. Even if you think your landscape isn’t vulnerable to them, you don’t want to get blindsided by a sudden infestation.
Here’s how you can deal with and prevent pests from taking over your landscape.
Inspect Your Gardens for Signs of Pests
Before devising a pest prevention plan, you need to know what you’re dealing with. Assess the damage on your plants and soil and look for clues as to what kind of pest is rummaging through them. Aphids, which are tiny, soft-bodied insects that feed on plant sap, often leave honeydew, which encourages sooty mold to grow.
If you see large bite marks on your crops and leaves, you may be dealing with larger pests like gophers, groundhogs, mice, mole rats, and more. If you identify holes and small bite marks, you could be dealing with beetles and worms.
Grow Plants They Hate
If you want to prevent pest problems, the best thing you can do is grow insect-repelling plants. These emit scents that bugs absolutely hate.
Here are a few examples:
Attract Friendly Critters
If you want to keep pests away while also minimizing the use of chemicals in your garden, team up with the natural predators of those pesky critters. Just make sure your lawn’s irrigation system isn’t as aggressive with sprinkling, so you don’t scare them off.
Here are some animals that keep pests away but also keep your plants unharmed.
Pests, like squirrels, aphids and beetles, may visit your garden this winter to seek shelter and even food.; You can’t do anything to prevent them from chowing on your shrubs now, but you can always set up your pest prevention plan in the spring. With these effective methods, you’ll have a healthy and clean landscape all-year-long.