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How to Prevent Garden Pests-7 best strategies

Written by Dr. Shaun Murphy

Mostly a common question comes into gardener mind How to prevent garden pests? 

Pests are an all-too-common challenge,but that doesn’t mean they need to gain the upper hand. In fact in most cases there are ways to prevent your crops from even getting infested in the first place. then, Here are 7 best strategies to Prevent Garden Pests.

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1.Grow resistance varieties

Our first strategy is to make life easier for yourself by selecting varieties that are known to have some resistance to common pests. Spend a little time researching seed catalogs for suitable varieties to reduce pest problems later on. Look out for carrot fly-resistant carrots for example,or seek out potatoes that shake off eelworm attacks.

2.Confuse pests

Inter plant crops with one another. This confuses passing pests because they will find it harder to hone in on their preferred crop. You can inter plant different vegetables,or mix up vegetables with herbs or flowers to create a more diverse and confusing planting scheme. Obfuscate some more by growing vegetables with colored leaves, like purple varieties of cabbage or kale,that insects won’t expect.

3.Plant out of peak times

Another deceptively simple strategy is to grow vegetables outside of the peak times for their pests. Take the example of flea beetles,which chew tiny holes in the leaves of brassicas. Their activity peaks in midsummer,so grow vegetables such as Asian greens and mustard in the autumn, when fewer beetles are about.

You can also plant before a pest arrives. This works well with fast-growing early peas for example, helping them to dodge the destructive attention of pea moths.

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4.Grow out of the way

Physically move vegetables out of harm’s way. Grow carrots and cabbage family crops in pots at least 18 inches (45 cm) above ground, well out of the way of low-flying carrot flies and cabbage root flies. Raised pots also reduce problems with slugs and other soil dwelling pests.

Starting seedlings off under cover in pots is a reliable way to avoid early setbacks from the likes of pigeons and slugs. By the time they are transplanted, your plants will be bigger and sturdier, and more capable of withstanding minor attacks.

5.Use physical barriers

Make good use of barriers to physically separate pests from plants. Insect mesh, floating row covers,or horticultural fleece will stop just about any pests from getting near your hard-won crops.

Leave covers to rest on the plants or support them on hoops. Secure them around the edges so pests can’t gain access by just walking in at soil level. Covers are a great solution for caterpillar-prone brassicas, and for barring entry to the likes of carrot fly,aphids and squash bugs.

6.Attract beneficial bugs

Ladybugs, hoverflies, parasitic wasps, lacewings – just a few of the beneficial bugs that will help control pests by either eating them or hatching their young inside them. Tempt more beneficial bugs into your garden by growing lots of the flowers they love, like cosmos, sweet alyssum, dill,yarrow, and many more besides. Grow them among or immediately next to your vegetables for maximum impact.

7.Keep plants healthy

Finally, make sure plants are as healthy as they can be, because strong, healthy plants are less susceptible to pests. Stress-free plants have their own pest defenses which more often than not allow them to see off pests without any help from us.

So grow plants in the right conditions, keep them well-fed, and water well in dry weather. Don’t forget to feed the soil too, with plenty of well-rotted organic matter such as compost to promote a thriving root system that supports healthy growth above ground.

Those pesky pests keep us on our toes don’t they! But arm yourself with the right strategies and you can keep them well away from your crops. Please share your own pest prevention techniques down below – how do you take care of common pests, and just how successful are you?


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Dr. Shaun Murphy