Why Eliminate Chemicals?
Even if you don’t have children or pets, there are plenty of reasons to steer clear of chemicals. For starters, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides don’t just kill pests and weeds—they also kill helpful birds and insects. Pesticides also come with hidden consequences, like polluting the runoff water that flows into our water systems.
STEP ONE: Nurture Healthy Plants
Pests prey on weak plants, so to keep them out of your garden, your plants need to be as healthy as possible. Load the soil with as much compost and organic matter as you can. This provides the perfect environment for healthy, strong plants.
STEP TWO: Invite Your Allies
Less than 1 percent of the pest population of a garden can truly be considered pests. Most of these bugs are actually your garden allies, ready to take on the bad bugs. These garden friends can be wiped out when pesticides are used.
STEP THREE: Natural Pest Solutions
If you are looking for a solution to a specific problem, try a less toxic product, like insecticidal soaps or horticultural oils. These are helpful in controlling aphids, caterpillars, crickets, fleas, flies and mites.
Plants to attract beneficial insects include:
- Creeping thyme
- Mexican sunflower
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