Pests are real threat to flowers, plants, herbs, shrubs, and gardens. There isn’t any garden that is free from diseases and pests. One can only protect their garden from such pests but they cannot eradicate them completely. Given below are some pest control tips that can be used in addition to forming a protective barrier against the common crisis that can arise in flower gardens as well as vegetable growing areas.

Mechanical barriers- there are several predators that you can control by simply blocking their approach to your garden. Some common systems include simple fence that can repel expected invaders.

Row covers- these are light weight fabric sheets that cover plants even without smothering them. These sheets allow sunlight to easily pass through. They are used commonly in nurseries that are made for commercial purpose so as to save tender plants from being spoiled by light frosts. The row covers also offer protection measure to vegetable plants especially from squirrels, lazy rabbits, birds, caterpillars, and insects. This type of protection is highly useful when the plant is young.

Cloches- sometimes individuals require protecting single row of plants or just a plant. Cloche is temporary cover shaped and sized for fitting a specific situation. This is used for single plant. Users can cut bottom of the gallon milk jug made of plastic and place it over the plant. This garden insect control technique is used for small plants where they are covered with the paper cones using landscape pins. Row crops can also be protected by the tunnels designed with row-cover fabric and wire hoops. The major danger that comes with this technique is heat build-up especially on sunny days. You can vent or remove the cloches prior to them getting overheated and fry.

Cutworm collars- basically cutworms are pests that crawl during night and chew through the plant stems present at the ground level. These are mainly fond of the young transplants especially of cauliflower, broccoli, and their other relatives. To stop cutworms from spoiling your plant, form collars with 2 to 3 inches in diameter from large index card. Over every transplant, slip the collar and push it one inch into the soil.

Netting- these are sold as the nettings of bird. Nettings are light in weight mesh that is best for protecting tree fruits and berries from the winged marauders.

Chemical barriers- there are some gardeners who make use of animal scent items such as dried blood, fox urine for deterring the pesky animals. Just remember that during rainy climatic condition, you may require reapplying the product.

Select disease-resistant plants- several fungus infections and diseases can disfigure or destroy wide range of plants in the garden. Some signs that prove that you require using pest control products are leaves with powdery appearance, strange coloration of plants, and so on. The key here is beating disease. There are several issues that are impossible or tough to control if they catch the foothold.

Select varieties that are disease resistant- one of the most vital steps that gardeners can take is controlling the types of diseases like infection and fungal. They can visit sites or scan catalogues for varieties of plants that can be called disease resistant. They can even consult garden and nursery centre staff.

Provide adequate space to the plant- fungal infections in order to grow and spread require moisture. Plants that are tightly spaced will not get dry quickly after rain thereby giving increased opportunity to fungus to develop as well as spread. It is recommended not to place plants very close. In humid regions, provide them extra space for growing.

Leaves should be kept dry- you require keeping leaves as dry as possible but also avoid overhead watering. You must water base of the plant when required. Those who grow crops like vine crops, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. should allow them to come in contact with moist soil.

Remove diseased plants- the best way to insect control is to keep checking for plants that are diseased. Such plants must be removed instantly. Moreover, dead plants should also be removed from your garden and thrown away in trash. For preventing re-infection, individuals shouldn’t add sick plants or flowers to their compost pile.

Rotate crops- there are few disease causing plants that grow in winter as well as multiply beneath the soil. Vegetable gardens are at high risk. In order to keep a check on such diseases, each year change the place where you are growing the plant.

Test as well as fix the soil- there are many plants that grow in soil that isn’t much acidic or alkaline or in poor soil. Such plants are more likely to develop diseases and hence require insect control products. You can ask your country’s extensive service for checking your garden soil as well as recommending changes that can be made for fixing deficiencies. One must also plan adding organic matter regularly to their soil for improving its water holding ability and structure.

Insect control- all flying critters and crawling insects aren’t bad for the garden. If there are no bees for pollinating them, plants like apples, squash, broccoli, etc. will not grow. There are many insects that are involved in destroying the crop such as harmful pests. But creatures like lady beetles help in controlling aphids. You can spray powerful insecticides but they may destroy good bugs also in addition to destroying the bad ones. Hence, making use of insecticides should be avoided to a great extent. Instead one can make use of insect control products that are non-toxic and natural. You can also hire professional Melbourne Pest Control Company to control insects.

Making use of traps and non-toxic sprays- there are insecticidal soaps that are available for controlling harmful pests and these will not harm your plants and would neither harm beneficial insects, animals, or humans. There are manufacturers who are also manufacturing insect traps containing scents for attracting harmful insects.

Author's Bio: 

Adler Conway is an expert Blogger and writer. He is interested in writing blogs on Pest Control Services, Cleaning services, cleaning tips.