Maintaining a garden, backyard, or any landscape isn’t the easiest task. Preparing for different seasons and pests takes the majority of the effort poured into landscaping. Any garden is an ecosystem, with all sorts of good, bad, and neutral types of creatures living in it. The balance can sometimes be thrown off, when pests and other harmful insects start increasing in numbers to the point that it can completely destroy your garden. Just like there are bad bugs, there’s also a good type of bugs; they can feed on and minimize the population of bad bugs, in addition to pollinating plants and helping them grow. There are numerous ways to protect your landscape from getting harmed by bad bugs, some may be more toxic and dangerous than others. We’ll be giving you the best ways to keep your garden safe without having to wear hazmat suits to spray dangerous chemicals.
Coffee for Everyone
This may sound odd if you haven’t heard about it before, but coffee grounds are one of the best non-toxic ways to help ensure that your garden or landscape is balanced. Coffee grounds provide nitrogen to the soil, decrease the pH of the ground for acidic plants, and they are very unpopular with a lot of harmful creatures. Coffee is hated by mammals like deer and cats to sticky pests like slugs. It’s very cheap to obtain from any nearby store, they don’t have a pungent smell in addition to not being toxic or harmful for humans or other good bugs.
Dealing with Japanese Beetles
The first instances of appearance of Japanese beetles in the USA were in the beginning of the 20th century. Before this, they were solely found on Japanese soil, hence the name. If you don’t control Japanese beetles early enough, you will be facing a myriad of problems. Their damage can look only aesthetic, but that’s mainly the adult ones, but the larva can block grass from absorbing enough water to survive which can cause big dry patches if left untreated. Adult beetles feed on over 300 types of plants. Due to their resilience and the possibility of damaging good bugs in the crossfire, it’s usually recommended to hire a professional or use low-risk insecticides.
Some plants are tougher than other due to natural reasons like taste, strength of leaves, and odor. It’s common to plant these plants around the most vulnerable plants in your garden, you can pair each vulnerable plant with a pest-repellant one to ensure that pests are deterred from collectively destroying it. Some believe that the repellant plants should be a majority as they are a long-term solution to bad bugs and even mammals.
Some pests are resilient and harder to get rid of others, the bigger the field, the harder it will be to maintain its safety. It’s always recommended to research ways to prevent bad bugs from finding comfort in your landscape instead of trying to push them out of it later on. Try your best to use organic insecticides instead of harsh chemical ones, as being dependent on chemicals to deter pests can destroy the natural cycle of life in your landscape.