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How to Keep Pests Out of the Garden

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You’ve spent a lot of your time working on your garden so the last thing you want to discover when watering your plants is a family of slugs setting up home in your lilies.

If you want to keep pests out of your garden, we’re here to help with some expert tips.

Stay healthy: The most important way to keep garden pests at bay is to grow healthy and disease-free plants. Insects are attracted to weak and vulnerable plants (browning leaves and other damage). They’ll more likely descend on a neglected tomato plant rather than attack a healthy plant that has been well grown in nutrient-rich soil.

Regularly care for your plants, getting rid of discoloured leaves and watching for other discoloration. Also, pick fruit and veggies as soon as they’re ripe.

Use natural deterrents: Mix natural aromatic herbs into your plant surrounding. Mint, basil, lemongrass and fennel may smell sweet to humans, but insects can’t stand their smell.

Create an eggshell barrier: This method is particularly good at keeping away slugs, snails and caterpillars. Crush the eggshells and spread them onto the soil (around the pests’ favourite spot). The snails and slugs can’t cross the eggshell barrier as the sharp sides of the shell will cut into their bodies.

*As the eggshells disintegrate over time, they release calcium into the soil – an important mineral for healthy plants.

Copper: A strip of copper is an ideal way to keep away slugs and snails. The slime the slugs and snails emit causes a painful chemical reaction (a slight electrical charge) with the copper, so these pests can’t cross that copper line.

Sources:

Craig Jenkins-Sutton, Topiaruius

Brad Leahy, owner, B.O.G. Pest Control

Kathleen McCarthy, Easy to Grow Bulbs