It’s not exactly the time of year for gardening, but it never hurts to get everything ready for next year’s bountiful harvest. Growing your very own garden is an excellent way to grow some fresh fruits and vegetables, but we all know that it doesn’t take very long for your pretty green garden to become over run with common pests. Here are a few of the more common garden pests you will find in Texas along with a few handy tips for how you can control them without damaging your precious crops.
You might need to break out a magnifying glass to find these little pests in your garden, but you can bet they will quickly move in. They love fruits and veggies and they can cause some minor problems in the garden.
Controlling them is not too difficult. A strong blast of water will generally wash them away and there are plenty of native predators who love to munch on aphids.
The Cabbage Maggot
If you are attempting to grow some delicious cabbage in your garden, you may run into these little pests. They start at the root and eat away. Cabbage without roots will quickly die. Tunneling into the root system is also a great way to introduce disease carrying organisms into your cabbage crop. Parasitic nematodes placed around the root system will help keep them away.
One day you have a perfectly beautiful garden and then the next day it is covered in caterpillars. They may look cute, but these garden pests will quickly devour your entire garden. They need as much food as possible to help them make it through the metamorphosis and become a beautiful butterfly. You may need to remove these little guys by hand.
You may not notice these pests unless you are doing your gardening at night. This is when they are the most active. You will find them throughout the months of May and June. They will quickly eat through the stems at ground level and leave your garden broken and useless. Cutworm collars can be used on plants and you can always pick these pests off of your crops by hand.
Don’t let nature’s little pests ruin your garden this year. These tips should help you keep the most common pests at bay!