6 Natural and Eco-Friendly Tips to Protect Your Garden from Pests

6 Natural and Eco-Friendly Tips to Protect Your Garden from Pests

Growing your own fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers is so rewarding and can provide amazing beauty and delicious, organic foods for you and your family to enjoy. Keeping an organic garden pest-free is every natural gardener’s dilemma. The simple answer is to use eco-friendly pest control techniques. In the garden, green pest control often comes in the form of doing something that may seem backwards: welcoming insects. While you may not like to have beneficial bugs near or on you, letting them hang out in your garden can keep the insects that wreak havoc at bay – without the use of toxic chemicals that are dangerous for you, your pets, and the earth.

 

Here’s 6 Natural and Eco-Friendly Tips to Protect Your Garden from Pests.

 

Green Pest Control: Beneficial Bugs that are Garden Friends

 

To attract beneficial insects to your yard, keep your gardening practices organic. In addition, incorporate plants and flowers that attract them, like Queen Anne’s lace, anise, daisies, sunflowers, cornflowers and chamomile.

 

Ladybugs: Ladybugs are like a garden’s police force. Despite their cute exterior, ladybugs have a voracious appetite for small and soft-bodied insects. Among their favorites are aphids, mealy bugs, slugs and spider mites.      

 

Bees: Bees are some of the most feared insects, but they are vital to the survival of every plant, shrub and tree in a garden (and on earth). Honeybees and bumblebees are non-aggressive pollinators that are more likely to sting you by accident rather than on purpose, unless you mess with their hives. Yellow jackets are also pollinators, but they dine on soft-bodied bugs like caterpillars and flies.  If you see one or two yellow jackets in your yard, don’t panic. However, if there’s a nest on your property, call an eco-friendly pest control professional for help.

 

Praying mantis: This alien-looking bug is a garden’s clandestine secret agent. Its color helps it blend in among twigs and leaves so garden-eating insects don’t see it coming. The praying mantis eats anything it can catch with its long arms, including flying insects, maggots, grasshoppers, grubs, caterpillars and more. Because praying mantises are so feisty, don’t pair them with ladybugs as an attempt to super-fortify your garden, or you’ll soon find all your ladybugs missing.

 

Spiders: Spiders offer you a great deal; if you let them live in your garden rent-free, they’ll take care of garden pests that land in their webs in return. This service is amazing during the mosquito and ant seasons.

 

Dragonflies: If you live near the water or have a water feature on your property, dragonflies can help reduce the mosquito population. Dragonflies like to hang out around water, which is where mosquitoes breed. When you see a dragonfly skipping along in your garden, bring out the welcome mat.

 

Minute pirate bug: Not all beneficial insects eat the eggs of garden predators. Let minute pirate bugs scuttle around so they can take care of pests in the earliest stages of development.

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Additional Eco-Friendly Pest Control Tips

 

Your green pest control efforts don’t have to stop with beneficial insects. Use the following techniques to keep out pests of the insect and non-insect variety:

 

Natural solutions: Sometimes your pantry contains all you need to prevent or kill pests without the use of harmful chemicals. As an example, pour a bit of cheap beer into a shallow dish; the beer will attract slugs and kill them. Use cleaned and crushed egg shells around the base of plants to repel slugs and cutworms. For more natural solutions, talk to a professional at a plant nursery.

 

Cleanliness: Pests are attracted to messes, so keep your garden clean and well-manicured. When you grow edibles, harvest them in a timely manner so they don’t rot and become a food source for unwanted insects and pests.

 

Insect-repelling plants: A variety of herbs, vegetables and flowers act as insect repellents. Examples include citronella, marigolds, lemongrass, yarrow, fennel, spearmint, basil and thyme. The experts at your garden store can tell you which insect-repelling plants grow best in your area.

 

Barriers: Use a mesh-like material over vegetables that insects or other pests tend to target the most. While it’s important for the material to have a tight weave, the weave should also be loose enough for the plants to receive adequate sunlight and water.

 

Birds: Plenty of backyard birds enjoy snacking on insects. Hang a feeder in your garden to attract birds to your yard. Just remember to regularly clean any mess they leave on the ground to avoid attracting rodents.

Green pest control is simple. Practicing it keeps your family, pets and the earth safe so you can enjoy your garden without any worries. If you ever have a pest problem that’s beyond your control, don’t hesitate to call a pest control professional that uses eco-friendly practices.

 

If you are planting new grass here’s a comprehensive article on how to water and take care of  your new grass here.

For a wonderful free comprehensive guide for natural pest control check this article out.

 

Do you have a garden? Have you ever tried any of these tips for controlling pests? Please contribute to the conversion by leaving a comment.

 

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Author Bio: Jen McCauley, the marketing director of Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, contributed this post.  Eden Pest is a leading integrated pest management company in Western Washington and Oregon that provides green pest control solutions for both residential and commercial customers.

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Comments

  1. We’ve kept a vegetable garden for many years, but there is so much we can learn about it! Here in northern Alberta we don’t have as many pests as in other parts of North America. But in years like this year, we’re bound to have tons of slugs, because it’s been such a very cool, wet spring. We have never used any kind of chemical pesticide or herbicide on our garden, and we don’t want to start now, so thank you for the helpful tips.

    Willena
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  2. Shelley,
    thanks so much for your worthwhile tips and info in regard to keep a healthy garden “healthy”.

    I had a big garden till my loving mother was alive and she was always in the garden doing something. My job was to prepare it, plant and take care of the heavy work.. well heavy like digging and so forth… the real heavy work was done by my mother because she was always tending the garden and she would pick all the veggies and fruits and cook and preserve them…

    We managed with out worrying about the little creatures… since our garden was big enough so in case they would take some of the harvest.. it was ok haha 🙂

    I thank you very much for this great and informative article.. for sure many people will benefit.

    Thanks again.
    _nickc
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  3. Hi Shelley,
    I am part of a community garden fir the past 5 years. For the last 2 years I have been bothered with aphids. They especially love my leafy greens as much as I do. My kale, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts were the target. Two years ago they destroyed 90% of my garden. I tried a safe pest control but I guess it was too late. I’m thinking of using lady bugs this year but some of my gardening friends don’t seem to think this will work because they might fly away. I live in the north end of Washington state near the Canadian border. Do you have any suggestions?

    I love your website site. There is a ton of good information to share.
    Demetree

  4. Hey Shelley, What a Great Post! I had no idea about the beer, it has been raining non stop and the slugs are taking over, so this is one tip I need to try. I do help out a friend in the mornings in his green house and he purchases lady bugs to eat the aphids and they do a good job to.. Thanks for all the wonderful tips.. Chery 🙂
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  5. I have just started to do a little bit of patio gardening. A few years back I grew some tomatoes, but this year I decided to add a few more pants to the garden.. Occasionally over the years we would get a few small slugs, and then sometimes, a few sites from something would mess up the leaves, but overall I haven’t had too much trouble.. It’s more work on my part to keep it up kept!! Thanks for the great tips, though I will keep these in mind if I need them!
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  6. Thanks for sharing some additional helpful gardening tips Nikki!
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  7. Hello,
    Thanks again for your information Shelley, you really know everything about gardens and cooking !!!!! I will apply this to my garden at home 🙂
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  8. Hi Shelley,
    this is very helpful information.

    I never heard of the ‘minute pirate bug’ and will check it out.
    We have lots of bees in our garden thanks to a plant that flowers in stages on a huge arch.
    I love the picture! Is it from your garden?

    Thank you for sharing this!
    Yorinda
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  9. Natural tips are always beneficial for people as well as for nature. Natural/Inorganic methods are more usable than organic methods due to their chemical free effects. These are pure Eco-friendly methods which are easy to use and help us in removing pests from home.

  10. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. With the help of techniques provided in this article, I find myself much more informed and capable of organic gardening.
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  11. The following list of pest descriptions and control measures provides a good starting point for tackling pest control in gardens throughout the United States and Canada. Control solutions are listed in order of environmental friendliness. Botanical sprays, which can have detrimental effects on beneficial insects and other animals, should be used only as a last resort.
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  12. I have always been fascinated by the praying mantis.

  13. Hey Shelley, Have you ever considered publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my readers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me
    an e mail.
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  14. These tips are very useful for every homeowner to prevent pests. I think, with the help of your given tips everyone can manage pests in his/her home garden.

  15. Hello Shelley, you have provided quite useful information for those people who are looking such tips, which are useful for protecting their garden from pest. You are doing good job for safing environment. Can you share any ebook about pest control?

  16. It is possible to make some fantastic mixtures to control pests at a garden from natural resources which does not have any sort of side effects. They are very effective to get rid of pests too. 🙂

  17. These are some great tips! My father has a vegetable garden with a fence and grows some blueberry bushes and fruit trees. We get quarts and quarts of blueberries, a decent amount of vegetables, but the fruit trees always get eaten by the deer and squirrels! Will have to try some your suggestions!
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  18. Really helpful information … There are few other organic ways as well such as using soapy water sprays, beer for snails, and marigold flower. Proper pruning of tree, plants also help to protect your garden from harmful pests.
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  19. I will copy and print this out for my mother to have guides to follow to achieve her pests free garden. I’m sure it can be useful for my mom, and she’ll be glad about it. Thanks a lot Shelley!!

  20. The tip about planting bug-repellent plants in your garden is quite ingenious. With little to no effort, you have natural pest control and beautiful plants. I will be sure to ask an expert at my local nursery for advice about such plants that grow in my area. Thanks for the gardening tips.

  21. Audrey, your welcome! I hope these solutions help with your aphid problem too.
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  22. Love the article. Really appreciate you calling out that many of the insects out there are actually beneficial to keep the true pests away.
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  23. Yes and another great thing about ducks it they eat SLUGS, and slugs are some of the worst pests for those poor flower beds.

  24. Really great information share!!

    It is really helpful for those who are first time going to start their vegetable gardening as it covers very basic and essential things which are really important for a decent production.

  25. Having pests is not fun, whether it’s in your garden our in your home. We had a pest problem in our garden a little while ago, and I wish we had read this before! The mesh-like barriers I am sure would have worked great.

  26. I like that you mentioned how hanging a bird feeder can actually help keep pests out of your garden. I’m a big fan of birds in general, but I hadn’t thought about how they could actually help my garden, too. Granted, I’d need a way to keep the birds away from the grapes, but I’ll be sure to keep my bird feeder full to keep away the bugs. Thanks for the advice!

  27. Deana Wiley says:

    I can’t wait to apply this eco friendly tips on my garden. Thank you for sharing.

  28. This is so helpful. I just learned new things about protecting my green garden at home. Thanks for your generosity.

  29. Hey!

    These are really good ideas .

    Gardening is a passionate hobby and I will definitely use these ideas in my garden .

    I used to spray on plants to repel aphids, mosquitoes, onion flies, spider mites.

    Those cute little critters love to forage in my garden but the garlic really seems to keep them away!

    If your garden is prone to powdery molds, steep a handful of chives in a quart of water, let cool, and spray on plants affected by powdery molds.

    And I love your idea of cleanliness . You can also hire a waste management company today that provides you best service and also provides you best results .

    Thanks a lot for the share.
    Keep doing good work.
    God Bless U!

  30. Hi Shelley,
    your article was very well constructed! It is highly readable and shareable. Thanks for these tips, let’s promote eco-friendliness to everyone.
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  31. Happy to share Abélia! I hope all goes well in your garden! I grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in my garden so I understand how you have to find ways to fight the pests naturally. 🙂
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  32. That’s a nice metaphor you’ve included about ladybugs being like the police force of the natural world, etching out the pests that could cause a problem in the ecosystem. In addition, your point about how bees are necessary for the survival of every plant has a lot of validity as well.
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  33. Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    Thanks for the great natural pest removal tips. It’s cool that you can use cleaned and crushed egg shells to keep slugs and cutworms away. I hate when slugs get in my garden, so I will have to remember that.

  34. You make an interesting point about dragonflies and reducing pests… Keeping down mosquito populations can be especially important for certain people, so this is pertinent information.

  35. Awesome ways to protect your garden from pests which can be so hard to do. It’s really annoying to have pests eat away at your garden which you work so hard to maintain. Thanks for sharing.
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  36. very informative article. my garden always effected with bees thanks for tips i will try this on garden.

    Keep it up. keep sharing the details

  37. Using a mesh barrier is a nice tip. It’s good that you warn readers to still allow enough room for adequate sunlight and water.

  38. I have applied the Eggshells and salt as a natural garden pesticide, I studied this one from my mum.
    Crush the eggshells and add to the soil. It inhibits the plants from snails and slugs. The eggshells act like the torn pieces of glass for these insects. You can further add a little salt and that will work if the eggshells don’t.

  39. I am sure that it would be good enough for may garden. lots of thank for giving these tips. Really, I am very happy for that and sure it will help to us. I have liked this very much as well. I am sure that I can be tackle my garden now.

  40. Hi Shelley,

    This is a old post but it’s worth seeing. I also published a post about dealing with fuzzy bugs. Please check it out and let me know your thought.

    Besides, I have shared your post to my audience :).

    Please keep doing good work!
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  41. Love your post! You’re certainly right it is so important to stay Eco-friendly! Thanks so much for sharing.

  42. Hey Shelley

    This is a great post that you have shared. I also have a small garden in my house. I really want to protect my garden from the attack of pest. But I don’t want to use chemical methods for pest control. Actually, I am searching for organic methods for pest control. Thanks for sharing these tips with us. Now, I can keep my garden protect from the attack of dangerous pest.

    Once again, Thanks so much for sharing.
    Looking forward for more post from you.

    Warm Regards
    Joel C. White

  43. Thanks for sharing, Shelley. I really appreciate your useful tips and will apply to my garden.

  44. Great tips, Shelley.

    Insect repellent plants is one of my tricks. This is definitely a post to bookmark.
    Cheers for sharing — glad to have found your site.

    Oliver

  45. great list. i bookmarked it for future reference. thanks!

  46. Awesome advice! Beginner gardeners often underestimate the natural solutions they have in their pantry and kill off the very insects that are actually helping their garden thrive. Thanks for sharing.

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