This article deals with Tree Pests and dealing with pests in your garden. Controlling pests in your garden is the key to successful gardening, this article gives us more insight. This article is an excerpt from the book called “Shrubs And Small trees” by “Simon Akeroyd”
Dealing with pests
Controlling pests is a contentious issue. Many people confront them with chemicals; others encourage all wildlife into the garden, whether they’re pests or not, which can increase biodiversity and help to create a natural balance.
Regardless of which camp you fall into, prevention is always better than cure, and there are many cultivation techniques that reduce pest damage. Always check pants thoroughly before purchasing so you do not introduce pests into your garden; care for your plants well so they grow strongly and are able to resist attack; choose varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases; and regularly check your plants for infestations or symptoms of the damage, like holes in leaves, before it is too late to act. If you do discover pests, consider picking them off by hand rather than immediately reaching for the spray gun, since some pesticides also kill off beneficial bugs, such as bees and ladybugs and their larvae.
Barriers against mammals
Rabbits are common pests, but there are other mammals that can destroy trees and shrubs by gnawing bark and young shoots and digging at roots. Protect individual plants with plastic or wire guards around the base of the trunk or main stems. Use wire fencing around the garden to exclude larger mammals.
The larvae of ladybugs, hoverflies, and lacewings are your friends, as they feed on pests like aphids, so encourage them into the garden. Other biological controls, such as nematodes for vine weevil, can be brought by mail order.
Be vigilant for pests so that you can nip them in the bud before they multiply and get out of control. Remember to look not just for the pest, but also for symptoms, such as sick-looking plants, damage to leaves, and distorted growing tips.
Pesticides should only be used as a last resort when there are serious infestations that threaten the life of a plant. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and wear rubber gloves when diluting or applying pesticides.
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