For many Australians, gardens represent a significant gathering spot and a private relaxing sphere. We love our plants, trees, and bushes, we take care of them and watch them grow. When we see a ladybird, wasps, hoverflies, and our beloved bees feasting in our backyard, that is nothing to be alarmed about. That is exactly what we are aiming for since these insects are actually pest-eaters.
However, there are also many destructive species that can visibly damage or suck the life out of your plants. For example, Aphids (Aphidoidea) are small insects that actually feed on plants by sucking the sap of phloem vessels. Unfortunately, they come in over 250 different kinds.
Sometimes it is very hard to spot these tiny destructors, while you can easily spot an Australian plague locust or a grasshopper. The good thing is that there are some steps to take for successful prevention of unpleasant encounters with pests of any size.
Grow Pest-resistant or Pest-repellent Plants
One of the easiest and certainly environment friendly ways to repel pests is to choose a naturally pest-resistant plant. But what if you can’t imagine your garden without delicate roses and camellias alongside vivid Grevilleas and Callistemons? Our tip is to plant efficient pest-repellent plants near the endangered ones.
Lavender is more than just a pretty face; it is also a powerful insect-repeller against both edible and non-edible garden plants. Its silvery leaves’ scented oils will keep the moths and whiteflies away.
Passionfruit daisy is an easy to grow evergreen shrub. Except for its passionfruit smell which bugs don’t appreciate, it has a substance in its root that kills soil nematodes found in roses.
Tansy will keep the flies, cutworms, ants, mosquitos, fleas, and many others away from your lovely flowers and fruits.
We can’t continue without honourable mention of garlic, coriander, calendula, basil, sage and chamomile that are very easy to grow, but so powerful in keeping the other plants safe.
Skillful Maintenance of Your Plants is The Key
No matter if you have a professional gardener that keeps your plants tidy and healthy, or you do it yourself, this is one of the best preventions to consider. Strong and well-fed plants are more resilient, just like humans.
In order to encourage their immune system, they require proper nurture. Keep the soil in the right condition and full of organic matters, plant the seeds in the right position and water well in the dry season.
Pests Get Distracted, Too – Technique of Interplanting
There is a certain method known among professional and amateur gardeners that is called interplanting. Mixing up different sorts of plants and changing the expected planting patterns will confuse the pests and simply make them go away.
For example, planting some fruit alongside herbs or flowers is one way to go. Except being a sneaky move, this is a chance for making a unique and creative planting scheme that will make your garden extraordinary.
Coffee Grounds to Keep the Larger Animals Away?
Possums, rabbits, deer, dogs and other visitors love to munch our lovely tulips and petunias alongside fruits and veggies.
Coffee is a great garden fertilizer, but caffeine is extremely repellent for various animals.
Most of them also don’t like garlic and onions, so you can use your cooking remains and deter rabbits and deer easily. Animals don’t appreciate spicy and sour, so hot pepper soaked in vinegar would be a treat they will never forget.
All jokes aside, you can’t harm any living soul by using these solutions, so do not worry!
Professional Plant-Saviors in Your Neighborhood
For a completely pest-free garden, turn to our qualified gardeners from Artview Landscapes. Send an enquiry today and in the shortest time, our garden maintenance Sydney team will get back to you ready to roll up the sleeves and protect your plants.