Every garden has different needs! Some gardeners will have small pests more commonly than big pests. Whatever you have, here are some helpful tips to manage both to optimize the health of your plants.
Manage Small Pests
- Aphids and whiteflies multiply quickly. Use insecticide like neem oil or a homemade insecticidal soap mixture to spray onto your plants to kill off the eggs and insects. You will know when aphids are dead because their bodies will turn from a green color to red.
- Supplies needed
-liquid dish soap
Combine 3 teaspoons of liquid dish soap with 1 quart of water into a spray bottle. Spray directly onto affected areas to kill insects or wipe on leaves for more prevention. Use as necessary.
Managing Large Pests
- Fencing surrounding your garden is an effective way to keep large pests out of your garden. Chicken wire fencing will help deter animals like rabbits from getting into your garden, and taller mesh fencing will help keep larger pests like deer out of your garden. Using garden netting over the top of your garden will also help manage birds from eating your seeds and plants.