Gardening is a great way to display your creativity and get some exercise while enjoying time in nature. If you take great pride in your garden, then you are always on the lookout for dying or dead plants as well as unwanted pests. Keeping your garden beautiful is important. If you are consistently finding insects eating away at your garden, keep reading for tips on how to protect your garden from insects.
Keep Your Garden Clean
One of the best ways to keep your garden healthy and flourishing is to keep it clean. This means that you regularly clear out all weeds and debris. Remove leaves and dying or dead plants. This will not only keep your garden looking beautiful, but will also prevent disease spreading to your plants. Unwanted insects will also have fewer places to hide.
Pick the Insects Out
As you clean out your garden of unwanted weeds and debris, keep an eye out for unwanted insects. When you find a harmful insect, such as slugs or beetles, get rid of as many as possible. If you allow them to remain in your garden, they will continue to destroy your plants. If you find an excessive amount of plant killing insets call in a professional pest exterminator.
Attract Good Insects
After you have removed the harmful bugs, replace them with the good ones. Insects such as lacewings, honeybees, ladybugs, hoverfly and the praying mantis are beneficial to your garden. These good insects will eat the bad insects, protecting your garden. Research plants that attracts these types of insects to your garden and plant them around plants that are being destroyed.
Protect Your Plants
Another option to protect your plants from insects is to lay protective coverings around them. Row covers are one way to do so. This is a mesh material that you use to cover an entire row of plants or vegetables. Or, if you prefer to cover only one or a few plants, try using wire or PVC hoops with cloth and place over the plant(s). You may also create a “plant collar” by taking a piece of cardboard and placing it around a plant. This will prevent any bugs from getting to the roots of the plant.