Your Garden’s Health: The Green Alternatives To Pesticides


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When your garden is being destroyed by insects the first thing that comes to mind is getting rid of them quickly with the help of chemically based products.

However, using such products may just make matters worse and not only will you kill the insects, but all your garden plants as well. Aside from the damage that can be inflicted, your family’s health will be harmed too. This is why natural pest control alternatives are the best solution to your problem. Only the insects will be targeted and your garden will be safe.

Companion Plants

There is an array of herbs and flowers that can be planted between various plants, fruits and vegetables to help deter pests. You can either plant them around the garden as a border or between the plants in the garden to add style and color. Those that grow spreading out must be planted in pots or cans as a barrier to prevent them from choking other plants. Some companion plants are –

  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Marigolds
  • Thyme
  • Basil

Beneficial Insects

There are insects that will feed on your plants, but there are also insects such as the prying mantis and ladybugs that will feed on those insects that damage your garden. Such insects known as predators are highly beneficial to gardens and many gardeners and farmers are now utilizing this method of pest control to care for their plants and crops. You can purchase the eggs or adult insects at your local garden center and place them in your garden to control the infestation. If you are unable to find these insects at your local garden center, you can simply use plants such as fennel, dill and coriander to attract them into your garden.

Essential Oil Sprays

Essential oils have become very popular these recent years and this is due to the benefits they offer. As a matter of fact, these oils are useful in deterring pests such as beetles, mosquitoes, aphids, flies and ants. You can simply create sprays by combining essential oils with a base oil or water and then apply the mixture directly on the plant and on the soil around the plant. These essential oil sprays can stop pests from nesting and feeding on the plants. The commonly used essential oils to control pests are –

  • Lemongrass oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Spearmint oil
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Eucalyptus oil

Prevention Methods

Another affordable and effective way to prevent pests from infesting your garden is by applying preventive measures. Here are a few preventive methods you can use –

  • Utilize crop rotation
  • Remove wet leaves as they can attract pests
  • Install a drip irrigation system in your garden to prevent accumulating water on your pathways and the surface of your soil
  • Do not plant the same type of crops in the same place every time
  • Mix your plants with other vegetables, fruits and even flowers, especially herbs that can deter pests

It takes plenty of effort to maintain a garden, but it does not have to be expensive too. Fortunately there are natural methods to prevent infestations and control them while they are still small in number. However, if the infestation is already severe, you will need the expertise of a pest control professional.

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