Tending an organic garden is definitely difficult if you have a lot of pests to deal with. However, it’s not by any means impossible. In fact, in most cases, it’s much easier to grow happy, healthy crops the organic way, because they’re not constantly battling the toxic effects of noxious pesticides. If you are extremely diligent, you can control pests on your own, but if things get really bad, you might need to call an eco-friendly company, like M and M Pest Control. However, before it gets that bad, here are five organic garden pest control tips.
- Tend very closely to your vegetation. The first key to keeping your garden free of pests, is to keep a close eye on it. If you start to notice pests, you want to know exactly what kind of pest you’re dealing with, and exactly what they’re going for. You won’t know exactly how to approach pest control until you know exactly what kind of pest is attacking your plants and how bad the damage has gotten.
- Pull out any weak plants. Pests naturally gravitate toward the weakest host. The more that they can feed off of one weak plant, the stronger they become. And the stronger they become, the easier it is for them to take on even stronger plants. It can be hard to accept the fact that some of your plants are a lost cause, but the sooner you get them out of there, the better. The last thing you want to do is allow them to grow stronger and more resilient to your intervention.
- Water early so that foliage stays dry for most of the day. Insect and fungal damage is most prevalent when foliage is wet. That’s why you want to do your best to keep your foliage as dry as possible, by getting water directly to the soil. One of the best ways to do this is through drip irrigation methods. Drip irrigation is definitely a worthwhile investment, as it is the best way to get water to your plants efficiently and in a timely manner.
- Use a seaweed mulch or spray. Mulches and sprays made of organic compounds are one of the best ways to deter pests. Seaweed is great because it contains all kinds of trace vitamins and nutrients for your plants that will help them stay strong and deter insects, fungus, and especially slugs. You can use a lot of your leftover fruit and vegetable scraps to make a mulch and then add seaweed to it, or you can buy seaweed spray. Either way works, but making your own mulch is definitely more fun.
Disinfect all of your tools. If you’ve been working with infected plants and dealing with infestations on one side of your garden, you’ll want to be sure to disinfect all of your tools before you move on to the rest of your garden. If you don’t, you will very easily spread the infestation throughout your garden in an act of devastating friendly fire.