One of the biggest problems when you have a garden is its maintenance. It may seem of course, something very obvious. But it is not so, when you start buying plants, flowers… and suddenly, when you have them prettier (you don’t know why) but they start to wither or dry up, they run out of their precious flowers, they die etc. As if it were a bad dream, almost from one day to the next, you are left without your precious garden. A priori, you have based yourself solely on trimming the weeds and watering it, but have you also worried about eliminating pests and maintaining good control?
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Here is the problem that always occurs. Each plant has its own requirements and needs. There are those that, luckily, are very durable and withstand inclement weather and pests, well. But other plants are very delicate and if you want them to remain precious, you should be careful to sulfate them practically every week.
Instructions to avoid pests in the garden
- As we have previously warned, there are certain plants that are more prone to pests than others. Therefore, it must be taken into account to avoid it and also to prevent the pest from attacking other nearby plants as much as possible.
- Rose bushes, for example, are one of the most delicate flowers. They need a lot of care. Keep this in mind because they are usually the most abundant flowers in gardens.
- We will tell you little tricks that are extremely efficient and that will prevent you from having pest problems, from running out of your favorite plants and avoiding future propagation in short, the peasants, for example, are smarter and as they say, “it is what has the experience”.
- You should try to take into account what type of plant you have and if you can ask it when buying it, the better. If not, search online. Today, almost any information appears. You will be able to guess and know (in order to try to avoid and fight them quickly) it is always better to be forewarned.
- Prevention is the key in these cases and we assure you that when you know certain tricks and, also, very, very cheap, you will be amazed.
- The most frequent pests are usually ants, red spiders, caterpillars, whiteflies, grasshoppers, worms, beetles, trips, mealy bugs, etc. As you can see, a long etcetera of small bugs that is lethal to your plants and/or garden.
- You should always observe the leaves of your plants. Usually there are pests that hide under the leaves and are not visible to the naked eye unless the poor plant is already in very poor condition. That case is that of the cochineal and the red spider that attack with virulence.
- One of the tricks you can use to avoid pests in your garden and thus protect the plants you have is to place a piece of garlic on the ground, close but not just below it. Buying a head of garlic is very cheap and a clove of garlic is nothing, imagine what it will give you, a head of garlic to protect all your plants… it’s not silly, placing it will help you drive away many aphids and pests that hate this smell and instead, in addition, many plants will benefit from the power of garlic and provide them with vitamins.
- They sell specific products depending on the pest “bug” that the plant has that simply, if you don’t know what it is, you can tear a leaf off it and take it with you. Just by seeing it, whoever understands, will know what plague it is. They will sell you a liquid that you mix with water in the sulphating machine and you sulphate once a week or twice a month. You will kill all the bugs.
- Another very effective and economical method is to use coffee. Be careful, because it not only helps as prevention. What is done is the following. The coffee grounds are used (the one that remains when you prepare a coffee), you take them and mix them in the ground of the plant. Be careful, a little is fine, but if you add too much, you run the risk of burning the plant. Do not pass. It’s a totally cheap method (because you take advantage of what you use and don’t buy anything) and it’s quite/very useful and it’s hand in hand.
- The important thing to always avoid pests is not to lose sight of your plants. There are many plants that no matter how much you are on top of them and take care of them, they tend to end up full of pests or attacked by them. It is not that something is done wrong (which can also be) but that there are plants that is more delicate than others and tends to do so.
- So that it is not late and when you realize it is too late, the ideal thing is that you are on top of your plants. Go looking at them, with a simple glance it is enough to realize if it begins to suffer from any plague. If you observe, for example, spider webs, be careful. Attack the cochineal. If you notice that the leaves (for example, of the rose bushes) begin to have holes, run out of green leaves, no roses come out or they are very small, ask for help because they are sick.
- When you have plants, it is inevitable that sooner or later some of them end up with a pest. You should know that there are plants that are more prone to it than others.
- If you don’t know what type of pest your plant is suffering from, the important thing is not to try to make inventions and turn a small problem into something worse, don’t leave it for a long time either. What may seem like a matter of little concern can become, in less than a week, a real problem where the plant can remain only on its poor stem and die. Therefore, if you do not know what pest it may have, take a leaf or take a photograph and take it to someone who really understands (store, florist or gardener) so that they can advise you well and make your plants bloom beautifully again.
What do you need to avoid pests in the garden?
- Alcohol and a cloth or cotton. Essential to disinfect cutting instruments always after use and prevent the spread of pests in healthy plants.
- Sulfate products suitable for each type of plant and its problems, once a month is recommended to prevent the spread of pests.
Tips to avoid pests in the garden
Something vital and that is rarely thought about is at the time of the cut. Try and more (especially) if you cut, you can with scissors, to make a disinfection. If you cut a plant that is sick, you have some bug or pest and then you cut another plant that is healthy, you can infect it. This happens very often because it is rarely thought about or not taken into account, but it is a mistake that just cleaning the edge well with a little alcohol is enough. And you always get used to disinfecting the cutting instruments when you finish cutting/pruning, you will later avoid these problems.
Do not lose sight of your garden… each season it is important that the plants are well sulfated, that they have good soil, that they are aerated, that the change of pots is checked with enough space so that the roots are not suffocating, that they are pruned well so that it can sprout again and vigorously and of course, check if it suffers from a plague and, if necessary, take measures.