One of the most daunting tasks you face in organic gardening is pest control. You realize these little bugs and certain worms can destroy your whole garden or at least damage it so badly, you might just as well have not planted it. Actually it doesn’t have to be a daunting task at all. As you continue to read you will discover tips on how to control pest while doing organic gardening.
It is important for you to determine the types of insects which are normally found in your environment. If you don’t want to go to the hassle of collecting the bugs yourself, a quick search on the World Wide Web will provide you the information you need. Better yet a call or visit to your local nursery will quickly zero you in on what bugs and worms are dominate in your environment.
Since we are talking about pest control the “a la natural” way, while you’re doing your research be sure and check out the organic pesticides which are on the market. However, if you prefer mixing your own bug deterrents and you want a really cheap way to do it, all you have to do is to use soap. There are certain precautions you have to take when using soap.
Make sure you use soap that is free of triclosan. This is an antibacterial element that is used in many of today’s hand soaps. This type of soap will not only go after the bugs, your plant will absorb it and it will attack the root system, causing major damage or even death to your plants.
To avoid this type of damage to your plants a mild dishwashing soap will work great. It normally will only take a few drops of the liquid soap in a cup of water and bam you have a pest killer ready to go to work. Be sure you don’t over spray the plants, as again you can cause major damage to your foliage.
Another great way to stop the bug infestations while you’re doing organic gardening is to use natural predators against the insects. An example of a natural predator would be birds. You can draw birds to your garden daily when you set up a watering hole or provide them with a bird house.
There are other insects such as spiders and other bugs which are Mother Nature’s way of helping control the bugs which will damage your garden. These natural predators will be drawn to your garden when you mix pollen plants, such as honeysuckle with your other plants. The aroma released by these plants draw them in like honey does to flies.
Actually, these are just a few of the tips which can help you control the bug infestation in and around any garden. With just a little patience and work on your part your organic gardening will be successful.