Natural Ways of Fighting Against Garden Invaders
Are you like Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh when it comes to your garden – constantly spraying your vegetables with pesticides to keep out intruders? Well, some of these chemicals could be doing more harm than good. They can actually destroy the longevity of your garden, and contact with these chemicals have even been linked to cancer, ADHD, kidney and liver damage. Instead of introducing negative chemicals to your garden, check out these natural ways of preventing pesky vermin from invading your garden.
Determine What Creature is Invading Your Garden
The first step to protecting your garden is to identify the animal that is causing it damage. Some of the most common creatures are rodents, aphids, mites, and beetles. Typically, you can tell what type of intruder is in your garden because you physically see it. However, if you haven't been able to see the vermin, you can tell what type of creature it is based on their mounds, droppings, or nibble marks on your plants.
Block Access to Your Vegetables
Pesticides can be dangerous to your health as well as the pets in your family. Therefore, it is important that you check out which toxins can make your pets sick. Instead of using these chemicals, you can easily prevent most creatures from entering your garden by blocking their access. Put a fence around your plants, add a cover, or raise your flower beds to prevent creatures from getting close to your plants. To prevent gophers, you may also want to bury hardware cloth around the edges of your garden. These should be about 18 inches below the soil to deter the pesky burrowers.
Remove Shelter and Food
Animals need shelter and food to live, so if you remove both of these, you can keep out any unwanted visitors. Rats and mice like to make nests in wood piles and tall grass, while pesky insects like moist grassy areas. Therefore, you should take care of your garden and prevent any of these areas from flourishing. You should also watch out for your bird feeders. These seeds can fall into your garden and attract many hungry animals.
Many of the vermin that come into our gardens are attracted to garbage and mess. Therefore, you should make sure that you keep trash bins far away from your garden and be sure to pick up any debris around the area. Wash down the area around your garden with a hose once a week, but be sure to drain the water as moisture will bring in the creepy crawlies.
With these tips, you can create a natural and blossoming garden without the need for chemicals or pesticides. All you have to do is make sure you're smarter than the creatures that are coming in, and prevent them from ever making your garden their home.