Nothing frustrates or hurts a gardener’s feelings like adoring an almost ripe vegetable, beautiful flower or lush lawn only to have it destroyed the next day by a pest infestation. But since annoying garden pests don’t typically announce their arrival in advance, what can you do to avoid a heartbreaking infestation? Actually, more options exist than you’d likely imagine.
- Preventive Health is Key
Just like with your own health, the condition of your lawn, plants and garden requires some preventative actions to keep them in the best possible shape. Keeping plants and lawns in their strongest conditions prevents extensive damage from invading pests and keeps plants in their best condition if it requires a defensive measure. Weed control, proper fertilization and adequate watering help keep your vegetation strong, often deterring or reducing the impact of destructive pests, such as grubs in the lawn, cabbage loopers in the vegetable gardens or aphids on the fruit trees.
- Early Detection
While it’s beneficial for you to inspect your outdoor areas regularly for any signs of potential damage or unwelcome pests, regular maintenance by a professional adds a layer of protection. Professionals often spot signs of damaging intruders long before homeowners. Weekend gardeners often only recognize a problem after extensive damage already occurred. Professional lawn and garden maintenance often steps in to stop a potential threat prior to damage. In addition, a professional often identifies which pests are harmful and which are helpful, which can keep you from eliminating helpful insects.
- Control Breeding Environments
An infestation sure to dampen your outdoor plans, avoid mosquito perpetuation by eliminating ideal breeding grounds. Especially after winter rains, rid your yard of debris and make sure buckets, birdbaths and ponds remain clean and free of old stagnant water. These items are a mosquito’s true paradise. Also, make certain that your landscaping design doesn’t play into mosquitoes’ plans by avoiding deeply watered plants in shady, poor draining areas or plant stands that collect water.
- Keep Other Unwanted Guests from Your Yard
Both two-legged and four-legged residents know how frustrating a flea infestation can be. And, if you allow your yard to become infested, it’s usually only a matter of time until your house falls victim as well. If you’ve successfully avoided an infestation through regular maintenance, keep it that why by blocking access to unwanted animals such as stray dogs, cats, raccoons and even birds. Repair any fencing gaps that may allow flea carrying animals in. As well, keep temptation to a minimum by removing uneaten pet food and bird feeders. It only takes one carrier to turn your peaceful outdoor space into a scratchy nightmare.
A little pre-planning and regular professional maintenance help avoids pest infestations that are annoying and costly to contain and remove. Invest a little now for a lot of reward in the future.