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Pest-Proofing Your Garden

Gardening is a hobby shared by millions of Americans. A special place of flowers and greenery is soothing to the eye and easy on the mind, but it doesn’t come without hard work. This includes protecting your garden from a variety of intruders through a combination of effective pest control services and DIY pest-proofing steps.

Give Your Plants Room to Grow

Just as humans need air to breathe, plants also need oxygen to survive and thrive. Packing too many plants into a confined space is a bad idea because air could become scarce and you could end up suffocating them. Plus, when plants are tightly packed together they’re more likely to encourage pests to stop in for a snack or utilize the leaves as protection from heat or predators. If you let these pests get too comfortable, they’ll end up making a home in your garden – and as we all know, when pests start breeding they’re hard to control. Spacing out your plants not only ensures they have enough room and oxygen but also helps keep insects at bay.

Water Early

There are two advantages to watering your garden in the morning. For one, it hydrates the plants and makes them less likely to get dry and wilted under the hot afternoon sun. Second, morning watering ensures your garden has enough time to dry before nightfall. This is important because damp plants attract a variety of garden pests, including snails, slugs, and earwigs. Dampness is also one of the main reasons why many of our clients contact us for mosquito control. Keep in mind though that too much water could end up killing your plants. The right approach is to learn as much as you can about the plants and flowers in your garden: how much water they need, what nutrients they require, etc. This knowledge, combined with a regimen of watering in the morning, will keep pests away.

Frogs, Toads, and Birds are Your Friends

Frogs and toads may not be much to look at, but they’re great to have in a garden because they feast on insects. These amphibious guard dogs are the kind of friends you want to make, and the best way to encourage them to stay awhile is to simply place a bowl of water in your garden. You might also find that frogs and toads are naturally attracted to lush environments like gardens – just as birds are. Bear in mind that most birds don’t like feeding in open, unprotected areas – so the presence of trees in or around your garden is a big plus.

Not All Bugs are Bad

Believe it or not, not all bugs are bad for your garden. Insects such as ladybugs, wasps, hoverflies, and lacewings will help keep pests away by eating them. You can encourage these “good bugs” to visit your garden by planting certain flowering plants like cosmos, sweet asylum, yarrow, and dill. Moreover, if you grow these plants close to the other greenery in your garden, they’ll be even more adept at attracting good bugs and encouraging them to stay.

Contact Our Pest Control Experts Today

For effective pest prevention solutions, contact Tabor Services today. Our experienced team uses the latest pest control techniques to ensure that your garden flourishes without interference from pesky bugs, insects, and assorted critters.