landscape insect protection

Most of us know the damage that insects can cause to our landscape gardens. Some damage caused can result in you having to completely replant your plants as they get damaged beyond repair. It is very important to take into consideration how you will mange the pests that try to attack your plants. You must know what you are dealing with before hand as if you are clueless you are likely to panic and not make a good decision. Like most other gardening methods there are natural ways and synthetic ways to get the job done.

Remember that not all insects are pests to your landscape; some insects such as bees provide essential treatment to your garden. If you are using a synthetic product like a pesticide then you will most probably kill all the insects around, not just the ones doing actual harm. If you can identify the culprits and learn a little more about them, then you are able to eradicate the pests effectively without killing any other harmless insects using other methods.

Prevention is the best form of defence when it comes to insect pests. Healthy plants are more resistant to pests so by keeping a naturally healthy garden, you are also keeping unwanted pests from doing any real damage. Here are some tips to keep a healthy strong garden.

You can plant varieties that are strong and resistant to the common pests. Ask the garden centre staff which plants they stock that are hard enough to withstand most attacks from these pests.

Chose plants that match your soil type so they can flourish easily and are used to the climate they will be kept in. Ensure they are receiving the correct sunlight ad drainage.

Diversify with your plant selection; some plants may be able to combat a certain pest while others will not. Having a nice selection will mean that if one plant goes down, many others will not be effected thus your entire landscape is not ruined in one swoop.

Make sure you have a routine for watering, mulching, pruning, fertilizing etc. Keeping things regular will help your plants grow well and be healthy.

Always monitor your plants closely so you can spot any infestation early and act before things get out of hand and plants need to be replaced.

If you have to use an insecticide make sure you read the label and use the product with care. Some pesticides can cause damage to the plant not just the pests. One thing to look for is to see if the pests have moved on from where they did the damage, if they have moved on you are in effect just spraying the plants, which will cause them damage, only use the pesticides if the pests are still present as they are designed to kill the pests.