Category: Disease and Pest Control
Pest Free Garden: Disease And Pest Control 101
Some type of bug is likely to invade your garden at some point, which is why disease and pest control is very important.
Signs of pests in your garden include yellowing of leaves, stunted growth, rotting of leaves among others. Fortunately, there are various steps you can take to rid your garden of pests.
Grow Healthy Plants and Care for Them Regularly
Often good comes with a great foundation. Growing healthy plants is one of the best disease and pest control strategies. Select the plants you want to plant in your garden carefully using companion planting and take care of them after planting.
Also, make sure to pay attention to your plants on a regular basis so you can catch any signs of pests or disease early. This early detection is often vital is over-coming a problem as early treatment is always ideal.
Consider Your Planting Environment
Consider the drainage of the soil in your garden as well as exposure to sunlight. While some plants do well in very wet soil, many other plants die when planted in such conditions.
Soggy soil conditions cause roots to decay and can attract pests like slugs.
Manage your garden watering schedule based on how much sunlight the area receives. The less light, the less water.
Space Your Plants Properly
Overcrowded plants do not have enough space to grow healthy because of competition for nutrients, water, and sunlight.
Additionally, overcrowding also causes air to stagnate, which causes plant leaves to hold water for longer. Such conditions make plants susceptible to fungal growth and other diseases.
Proper airflow is vital for healthy plants. When planting your garden or vegetables, follow the instructions on the plant tag. They may be small now, but they will need the designated room later.
Utilize Disease Resistant Species with Vegetable Gardening
With vegetable gardening, consider planting organic disease-resistant cultivars whenever possible. Plants that are resistant to disease provide better yields and prevent your food from becoming tainted by chemicals. This will save you time and money.
Avoid GMO seeds in order to get disease resistance. Instead, look for hybrids. These plants have been naturally crossbred in order to get the best of both worlds between two plants.
Attract Helpful Insects
Some insects, such as bees, butterflies, and ladybugs, you actually want in your yard. Good insects help to pollinate your plants and control other bug populations.
Depending on the good insect you want to attract, you can plant specific plants just for them. For example, butterflies love Beebalm, Yarrow, Sunflowers, Butterflybush, and Snapdragon to name a few.