Preventative Pest Control: stop a problem before it starts

Preventative Pest Control: stop a problem before it starts
Preventative pest control is the first point of call when it comes to any plan to rid your garden of pests. Stopping the problem before it gets out of hand can be quite simple, and only requires a few practical steps and changes of gardening habits to significantly reduce the chance of a pest outbreak on your property. Here are some of the best preventative tricks to keep the bugs away:

To discourage insect from coming to your garden, pull away weak plants that are close to dying or seem to be wilting. Weak plants are an easy food source for pests and removing them has the added benefit of reducing the amount of unhealthy plants in your garden.

Maintaining organic and healthy soil is another top trick to controlling pests. Make use of natural composting methods, such as applying natural fertiliser to your soil. This will enable stronger, more resilient plants to grow, which limits the chance of pests destroying them.

Using seaweed mulch or spray on your plants also encourages durability and strength in plants because seaweed contains fortifying elements such as calcium, iron, and zinc. In addition to this, seaweed deters slugs from the garden.

Removing the breeding places of insects is also a sure way to limit their increase in your garden. Target areas like leaf piles, garden debris or build-ups of weeds where pests tend to multiply.

Interplant your garden. Pests are often specific to one type of plant, so growing multiple different plants together, and rotating plant types throughout the garden, limits the chance that pests will destroy an entire area that has only one type of plant in it.

Finally, keep the plants of your garden as dry as possible by altering your watering techniques. During hot seasons when you need to water your plants, make sure you water them as early as possible so that the external part of the plant can dry quickly in the sun. This is important because pests are more drawn to wet foliage than dry foliage. Keeping your plants as dry as possible also has the added benefit of minimising fungal growth in the garden.