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Organic Pest Control For Your Landscaping Solutions | Jersey Gardener

Organic Pest Control For Your Landscaping Solutions

July 28, 2012 admin organic gardeningorganic lawnsorganic pest control

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I think the toughest part of organic gardening is pest control. As more and more people choose to use organic gardening methods, it is good to find some good tips on organic lawns and pest control.


Organic Pest Control For Your Landscaping Solutions

by Barb J. Miller

Many people are turning to organic lawns as concerns mount over the environment and chemicals we use and ingest on a daily basis. Organic lawns generally refer to a garden and its management without using any chemical and artificial fertilizers. Fertilizers do enrich the soil with needed nutrients, but after some time and with continued reuse; the soil becomes more barren and loses much of its fertility. Various other alternatives that are used in order to enhance the yield and production in organic lawns and by using natural predators like nematodes that help in preventing infestation in the lawn with ants, grubs and crane fly larvae. With an organic lawn or garden, your neighbors may even consider taking some landscape pictures of your masterpiece!

It is very helpful that your landscaping plants are protected against any kind of infection or damage arising from unwanted pests and bacteria. Most of the time such pests and bacteria are responsible for decreasing the quality of the yield produced in your garden. Some other natural tillers that are present to help us mix seeds into the soil are earthworms. They enhance the yield and also help in tilling the soil of your garden. These natural tillers are easy to get in the market and are very helpful in maintaining your garden and you don't have to pay them.

According to recent surveys, the most bothersome pest in the garden is the common slug. Surprisingly, the most effective control measure was simple hand picking. Other control ideas around egg shell barriers and organic baits yielded lower success rates. The next most prodigious was the squash bug which sabotages winter and summer squash plantings. And again, hand picking provided the best defense.

There are numerous guidelines on controlling insects naturally but most methods can be categorized into a few sections. Beyond the generic hand picking solution, if the insect is large enough of course, other defense mechanisms range from organic sprays, to dry powders and chemicals to readily available foodstuffs. Another category suggests physical barriers to prevent infestation and finally there are often suggestions regarding the introduction of natural predators.

Organic lawns are preferred in any landscape layout more because of their capacity to add to the biodiversity. It is very easy to apply compost to your lawn using the wheelbarrow. You can also use a push broom to spread it across your lawn. Composting is very helpful for your lawn as the soil is provided with essential nutrients and minerals that help in the increasing the yield and production of various flowers and plants. Thick luscious lawn is a natural prevention towards unwanted pests.

Similarly to organic lawns, a healthy organic garden is the best defense to garden pests. A few helpful hints may include:

– Pull out any weak plants as they may already infected, or may be of interest in attracting predators.

– Build healthy, organic soil full of natural organisms and nutrients

– Use seaweed mulch as it is high in iron, zinc and other minerals which promote plant growth and discourage infestation.

– Inter-plant and rotate plants and crops as many insects are plant specific

– Keep foliage dry by watering early in the day. Wet foliage attracts insects which can damage your plants.

Each year North American homes use approximately 136 million pounds of pesticides on lawns and gardens, and in the home. That's a lot of chemicals applied to your landscape creation. Why not consider the benefits of organic pest control on your next landscaping project and give it a try!

One of the best ways is to create your organic backyard vision is to browse through thousands of ideas right here to help turn you landscape concepts into reality.

Creating the right image is the first step in your organic landscaping solution and if you can picture it, you can do it!

Warm wishes

— Barb

Barb Miller
Landscape Designer

There are many creative and sound methods to staying organic in the garden and the lawn. Organic gardening is about balance and using some good sense. 


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