Gardening is a great way to get up close with Mother Nature. You can grow your own food and eat it too. What a great idea, but gardening can introduce new pests to your home. This is something most people never even consider, and the larger your garden is the greater the chance of pests! Here are a few things you can do to ensure your garden only produces flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Inspect Any and All Plants
If you are bringing plants in from a local home improvement store or the local nursery, make sure you inspect every single plant before you add it to your garden. This is the number one way people introduce unwanted pests to their gardens.
Plant retailers may be purchasing their stock from somewhere far away and their stock might be contaminated with plenty of pests that you don’t want in your garden or your home.
The pests you are looking for may come in more than one form. Garden pests are not always creepy crawly insects. Sometimes you could be introducing a devastating bacteria to your garden. Make sure all of the plants you have chosen look green and healthy.
What About Soil?
A lot of gardeners don’t always have the best soil in their backyard. It is not uncommon to purchase prepackaged soil that is full of nutrients and the proper fertilizers. This makes starting your garden very simple, but it can also introduce unwanted pests.
Some common soils that can be purchased may have dormant insect eggs or larva inside. All it takes is for you to water this soil and use it for your garden to wake the pests from their dormant slumber. The next thing you know, your garden is full of unwanted pests! Don’t be afraid to ask the vendor if they have had any past problems like this with the soils they currently stock.
Remove All Trimmings
Watching your garden grow is great, but you will inevitably have to remove some nuisance plants and trim your current plants to keep things healthy. It may seem like the natural thing to do to just toss all of this debris on the ground and forget about it, but this is not a good idea. You must dispose of all the trimmings before they start to decompose. This helps prevent pests from moving in and setting up a home in your trimmings.
Growing a garden can be a very rewarding experience. Keeping up with common garden pests is just part of the job.