We all know that a garden can be a great way to save money on groceries. Unfortunately, pests can quickly destroy your hard work. The good news is there are ways to protect your garden naturally. Whether you work to maintain your garden or use plants to deter pests, you can protect your hard work with these natural remedies for garden pests.
Maintain Your Garden
First things first. You want to maintain your garden so that pests and rodents don’t have places to move into. This means weeding and clearing the garden of debris. You want your garden to be as clean as possible. Also be sure to water plants early in the day so that the foliage in your garden stays dry throughout the day. This will help prevent fungal growth.
Spray the Area with a Jalapeño Mixture
A jalapeño spray is great at deterring both insects as well as mammals. All you need to do is chop 1 to 2 jalapenos and place in a 32 ounce spray bottle. Fill with water and shake well before spraying. You can spray the mixture around the plants to deter dogs and cats from digging in the soil and you can spray the plant leaves to prevent pests from eating them. Do be aware that this spray can also deter beneficial insects. Use with caution.
You can purchase fake snakes and owls that will help deter birds and rodents from the garden. The owls even have glow-in-the-dark eyes so rodents are deterred at night. Check your local home improvement store’s gardening section or shop online for a wider selection.
Place a Dish of Beer in the Garden to Kill Slugs
Turns out slugs enjoy a nice beer in the summer months. If slugs are destroying your plants, you can place a dish of beer in your garden. The slugs are attracted to the beer, but quickly get drunk and are unable to crawl out of the bowl and drown. Empty the bowl on a regular basis and refill.
Plant Mint Around Your Garden to Deter Mice
The strong scent of mint can be another natural way to deter mice. You want to be careful about planting mint as it can strangle your other plants. For that reason, it is suggested that you plant mint in pots and place them around your garden.
Install Floating Row Covers
Floating row covers are thin mesh fabric that cover the plants to deter birds and insects. The mesh is thin enough to allow water and sunlight to penetrate the fabric, but still keep your plants protected. This is a great set-it-and-forget-it method.
Hang a Bar of Soap to Deter Deer
Hanging a bar of soap near your garden can be a natural way to prevent deer. The morning dew will keep the soap moist and fragrant. Another tip is to hang a bag of human hair in your garden. Deer will not go near the area for fear of humans. Once the deer have relocated to another area, you can remove the soap or bag from your garden.
Final Thoughts on Garden Pests
Your garden doesn’t have to get eaten away by insects, rodents, and deer. You also don’t have to use dangerous chemicals to protect your plants. These natural remedies for garden pests are safe and effective.
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