Even though the temperatures are cold and snow may be falling, it is never too early to think about what you need to do to keep pests out of your gardens come spring. A little bit of planning now will help you have a successful garden in a few months. Even if you weren’t able to prepare in the fall, you can take steps now to make your garden successful.
Whether you have a vegetable garden, various berries or a wide array of flowers, pests can derail well-planned out efforts to reap the rewards of your labor.
The first thing you can consider is adding mechanical barriers. Many types of pests like deer, rabbits and groundhogs may be deterred by physical barriers. Fences may keep many pests out, especially when posts are buried six inches underground. Deer can be challenging because you may need quite a large fence to truly keep them out.
Row covers are lightweight sheets of fabric to cover plants without smothering them. They add protection from light frosts as well as caterpillars, birds, some rabbits and squirrels. These are mostly effective when plants are young and must be removed later on.
Lightweight netting may help protect berries and tree fruit from birds. Some chemical barriers like fox urine or dried blood be able to deter some pests as well.
When planning your garden, you will want to consider issues like space and sunlight. Not having enough space, doesn’t allow plants to fully dry when wet and invites pests. When planning your crops, make sure to consider disease-resistant varieties and if you see any plants dying or having other issues, remove them as soon as possible.
It is important to consider where your gardens will be located. If they are too close to your home, they may attract unwanted pests to your house and cause even bigger problems down the road.
Remember, not all pests are bad for your garden! You will want to have a way to attract bees to pollinate your garden and lady beetles can help control aphids. Especially when plants are meant to be food, you want to avoid spraying chemicals around them. Spraying may destroy the good as well as the bad bugs. Without the good bugs, you may have issues pollinating your garden and spraying can contaminate your food.
By having a plan, you will be able to have a more successful garden come warmer temperatures. If you have unwanted pests disturbing your garden you have trouble controlling or that you wish to keep away permanently, call our offices today. You can speak with our offices about safe and effective methods to deter them.