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Home-Based Methods to Tackle Common Garden Pests

One of the biggest problems facing the home gardener comes in the form of garden pests. While small, they have voracious appetites and can quickly turn your backyard pride and joy into a desolate, salad-less realm. Have no fear, though. There are some cheap and easy methods of knocking down even the hungriest of garden pests. First though, you should make your garden as hostile as possible to bad bugs.

The Healthy Garden

There are some general things you can do to keep a great many pests at bay, starting with the soil. Healthy soil will lead to healthy plants, plants capable of surviving pest attacks much better than plants started in poor soil. Before you put a seed or seedling in the ground, make sure you either rototill or turn the soil to let air in, as well as add compost.

I hate to nag, but weed regularly! Pests like to live in weeds and decaying plant matter, so be sure to weed frequently and remove old leaves and other rotting plant matter to take away places for them to hide.

Don’t go on a killing spree. Not all bugs are bad, and insects like ladybugs, bees, praying mantises, aphid-parasitic wasps and earthworms can actually be very beneficial to your garden. Ladybugs alone can eat 400 aphids a day! Just make sure your efforts aren’t driving away the good bugs with the bad.

The Perp Walk

While there are any number of pests that can do damage to your garden, some are so common that you’re likely to run into them regardless of where you live or what you grow. These include aphids, slugs/snails, earwigs, cutworms, spider mites, white flies, cabbage worms and potato beetles.

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