Disease and infestation are two of the most common and destructive threats to your garden. If disease is allowed to take root in your garden it can quickly kill all of the plants you worked so hard to plant and maintain. Likewise, certain types of pest infestations can destroy your garden. These two elements are part of having a garden so it is important that you learn ways to protect against them.
Keep your garden tidy.
A garden that is overgrown with weeds and full of debris is just the type of place that attracts disease and pests. One plant that dies from disease can infect the other plants in your garden if you allow the debris from the dead plant to remain near the others. In addition, debris provides pests with protection from predators and the elements and gives them easy access to your healthy plants. Being diligent about weeding and cleaning your garden can help make it less susceptible to both infestation and disease.
Do not overwater.
Watering your garden is a good thing, most of the time. It can become a problem if you start to overwater. Overwatering can lead to areas within your garden that have standing water. This can attract and even be a breeding ground for pests. In addition, plants that receive too much water are more susceptible to disease. Protect your garden from both of these issues by closely monitoring your watering levels and learning about what is best for each type of plant.
Attract beneficial bugs.
Not all bugs in your garden are pests. There are some that are beneficial because they are predators to the types of pests that are destructive to your plants. So, do not make it your goal to kill off any and every bug you ever see in the garden. Instead, make it your goal to attract more of the beneficial bugs. You can do this by getting plants that draw these types of bug to your garden. Take some time to research pests that are common in your area and then look for plants that can be natural repellants to the pests.
Repel harmful pests.
There are also plants available that naturally repel certain types of pests. Lavender, rosemary, and chrysanthemums are three examples of well-known plants that have pest repellant powers. This is a natural and long term method for making your garden less susceptible to pests. It is also a way for you to be creative with your garden design as you try and work these plants in.
Treat your garden for pests and disease.
There are a number of products on the market that can protect your plants from or treat them for disease and pests. A quick trip to your local hardware store should provide you with products that can help with these issues. Remember that killing off harmful bugs often kills off the beneficial bugs as well.
Issues with disease and pest infestations can happen to any gardener. But, if you stay consistent with the preventative and maintenance issues mentioned here you will greatly reduce your garden’s susceptibility to these common issues.