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Garden Pest Control: How to Protect Your Garden and Plants from Pests

Garden in a backyard

Spring is an exciting time in the Midwest, and for people who love to garden, it’s also a time of hard work. Homeowners can spend hours setting up their gardens in the spring, picking the right plants for the right spots, experimenting with fertilizer types, and getting into weeding and watering routines. Unfortunately, all this hard work can go down the drain when pests make a home in the garden. Also, pests in the garden mean pests in the yard and potentially in the house. This means employing garden pest control strategies to protect your garden, plants, and home from pests is imperative.

Garden Maintenance Tips

Keeping your garden well-maintained is one of the best ways to prevent pests from invading your garden. Regular weeding and pruning will help to reduce the number of hiding places and habitats for pests. Removing dead or diseased plants and leaves from the garden is essential, as these can attract pests and diseases. Additionally, consider rotating your crops each year to prevent the build-up of pests in the soil. This will also help to maintain soil health and fertility.

Irrigation Strategies

Watering your garden properly is crucial to maintaining healthy plants and preventing pest infestations. Overwatering can lead to root rot and attract pests like slugs and snails, while underwatering can cause stress to your plants, making them more susceptible to pests and disease.

To prevent overwatering, it’s best to water your garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler. This will allow the water to soak into the soil before evaporating in the day’s heat. Also, consider installing a drip irrigation system, which will deliver water directly to the roots of your plants, minimizing evaporation and reducing water waste.

Raised garden bed

Keeping Pests Away from Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are a favorite target of many pests, including aphids, caterpillars, and beetles. To keep these pests away, you can try a few different methods:

  • Use companion planting: Certain plants, such as marigolds and basil, can repel pests and attract beneficial insects to your garden.
  • Apply natural pest control: You can use natural remedies such as neem oil or insecticidal soap to control pest populations without harming your plants.
  • Install physical barriers: Use row covers or netting to prevent pests from accessing your plants.

Keeping Pests Away from Flowers

Flowers are another favorite target of pests, including spider mites, thrips, and clover mites. To keep pests away from your flowers, consider the following tips:

  • Use companion planting: Like vegetables and fruits, certain plants can repel pests and attract beneficial insects to your garden.
  • Apply natural pest control: As with vegetables and fruits, natural remedies such as neem oil or insecticidal soap can help to control pest populations.
  • Keep your garden clean: Remove any debris or dead leaves around your flowers, as these can attract pests.

Clover Mites

Clover mites are a common pest that can cause damage to your garden. They are tiny, red-brown pests that feed on plants, including grass, clover, and flowers. Clover mites are most active in the spring and fall when temperatures are cooler. To prevent clover mites from infesting your garden, you can take the following steps:

  • Keep your lawn well-maintained: Mow your lawn regularly and remove any debris or dead leaves.
  • Seal any cracks or openings: Clover mites can enter your home through small cracks or openings, so be sure to seal these off.
  • Apply a barrier treatment: A professional pest control company can apply a barrier treatment around the perimeter of your home to prevent clover mites from entering.

PestShield pest control team photo

Other Pests

Beyond clover mites, there are other common garden pests gardeners encounter in the Midwest. Several types of beetles, including Japanese and Colorado Potato beetles, can cause extensive damage to the tubers and foliage of plants. Aphids are tiny insects that gather in large numbers and rest on the leaves and stems of plants, sucking out the sap. If you monitor your garden regularly and see wilted leaves, discoloration, or tiny bite marks, you likely have some type of pest infestation. 

Work With PestShield

Although PestShield is known for our in-wall pest control services, we also offer several other traditional pest control services. We aim to keep our customers satisfied and their homes pest-free all-year-around. Contact us today, and let’s get started!