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Eco-Friendly Pest Repellents for the Garden

There is no doubt that, for gardeners, pests present a serious threat. However, the usual methods of spraying harsh chemical pesticides are not ideal for those who wish to maintain an ecologically friendly garden. So this leaves many of us in a bit of a quandary: how do we make sure that unwanted pests don’t get into our garden and ruin all of our hard work, while still making sure that we do right by nature and keep poisons out of our green spaces? The answer, at least in part, lies in the use of the many available deterrents, repellents and even natural and organic pesticides that are on the market today.

Here are some tips that will help keep your garden green while still controlling your pests.

Don’t Store Food in the Open After it is Picked or Harvested

This is one of the big mistakes that many gardeners make, and it is the simplest way to avoid many pest problems in the first place. Once you pick ripe fruits or vegetables, don’t keep them lying around without either sealing them up properly or moving them into your kitchen. Ripening produce gives off many odors that might be undetectable to humans but are like a red flag to all of the types of pest that want to eat the food before you get a chance to.

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Create a Barrier Around Your Garden

To keep out pests such as grubs and other burrowing insects, you might want to consider raising the garden itself above ground level. This can be easily accomplished through the use of raised flower beds, which give you the added benefit of being able to precisely control the makeup of the soil and not have to rely on the nutrients from the soil wherever you’re doing the planting. Also, the wooden perimeter of these raised beds will provide a first line of defense against many pests including rats and mice. They also give you a slightly better aesthetic than merely planting directly in the ground and offer some protection against over saturation from heavy and unexpected rain storms.

How to Apply  Eco-Friendly Repellents And Pesticides

Last but certainly not least, we come to the issue of actually putting something in and around your garden to deal with pests. The preeminent type of pesticide that contains no harsh chemicals is based on rosemary and peppermint oils which both have surprisingly strong pesticide properties. Not only can this combination kill pest insects with the same strength as many chemical pesticides, it can also provide a serious repellent effect due to the fact that insects are averse to the strong odor given off by the oils contained in the spray.  Other common organic pesticides include products containing boric acid and diatomaceous earth.

To use this sort of product in the most effective way, you will want to spray it not only on the plants that you’re trying to protect, but also spray it around the garden itself to create a barrier effect that should keep insects and other pests out for several months even after the product dries.

By following these suggestions, you’ll have a beautiful, pest-free, and most importantly ecologically friendly garden to call your own.

To learn more about natural and organic pest control, please visit Do My Own Pest Control.

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