How to Beat Bugs in Your Garden



Attract predatory insects, such as ladybugs, to your garden by planting a range of flowers and cover crops so there’s something blooming all year round. You can also leave some biennial crops, such as onions or carrots, in the ground to flower early the next year. A handy selection of suitable flowers can be found in our Garden Planner.

Install bought or homemade bug hotels and let patches of grass grow a little longer. Leave dead wood in corners of the garden, and a few clumps of nettles as breeding areas for beneficial bugs.

Install a pond, large or small, for frogs and toads that will eat slugs and insects, and to provide a watering hole for insect-eating birds. Include trees, shrubs and hedges in your garden to provide nesting sites and food for birds.

Row cover barriers of insect mesh will exclude flying pests, such as aphids and carrot flies. You can also add barriers like this to a garden plan. Start by selecting “Garden Objects” in the “Garden Planner” selection bar, and then scroll through to select what you need.

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Protecting your garden against uninvited guests can be a challenge. The best cure for pest and disease problems is prevention. Before treating pests with chemical controls, try mechanical controls first. If chemical controls are needed, diagnose the problem carefully before applying anything. Consult the professionals like for knowing more ways of pests prevention.

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