Spring has sprung and the signs of spring are everywhere. Birds are singing. Trees are turning green and flowers are popping out of the ground everywhere you look. For many of us these first signs of spring mean that it is time to start getting the garden ready. Part of this process is determining how you are going to deal with the inevitable pests that will eventually find all of your tasty, succulent fruits and veggies too irresistible.
Pesticides are typically the 1st choice towards combating common garden pests, but common pesticides can actually do more harm than good. Most pesticides will kill every little insect that has chosen to taken up residence in your garden and that can be a very bad thing because some of these little insects can wind up being beneficial to your garden.
Ladybugs Can Protect Your Garden
Take the always popular ladybug for instance. These little insects might always be the centerfold in a child’s coloring book, but ladybugs are not so friendly towards other insects that might appear in your garden.
Your average ladybug packs quite a healthy appetite and can easily consumer upwards of 50 common garden insect pests in one day. Cute little ladybugs are eating machines that thrive on aphids, lice, and mites.
You can even plant a few plants to help you attract these hungry little insects to your garden. Lady bugs love sweet, floral plants that provide plenty of nectar. Herbs like dill and cilantro as well as geraniums and dandelions are known to attract ladybugs to the garden.
You can use nature’s own designs to help you grow a better garden. If the ladybugs manage to eat all of the pests that have taken up residence in your garden, then they will happily fly to another location where their food source is more plentiful.
Don’t Fly Away Fly
Hover flies can also help rid your garden of pests. These are not the common house flies that are a notorious pest. Hover flies look like small striped bees. They love to eat garden pests and their small size makes it easy for them to get into areas where other natural defenders can not.
These flies will eat aphids and other garden pests as well. Not only will they help keep the garden free of pests but these flies can also help with the process of pollinating an entire crop.
These are just a few great examples of how nature can help you rid your garden of common pests. There are plenty more worth investigating.