How to protect your flowers and garden from pests

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A garden is a place of relaxation. It is a location that should be enjoyable and stress free. Whether you have flowers or a vegetable garden, there are a number of important tips to keep in mind to ensure that bugs and other pests don’t disturb your hard work. SideCare

Natural Methods:

If you read through flower and garden magazines, you will comes across a ton of ‘true & tried” home methods for keeping your gardens and flowerbeds safe. Here are a few of the most effective methods:

1) Fences & Row Covers

The most obvious method of deterring pests is to cover your plants/ garden with either a fence or a lightweight fabric sheet. These methods will still allow for all proper growth while also stopping pests.

2) Collars

Collars fit over the base of the stem of plants and flowers preventing bugs from crawling up and eating the stem.

3) Natural Chemical Barriers

Although this method isn’t for everyone… some people praise its use. Place animal urine around the proximity of your plants/ garden to keep pests away.

4) Coffee Grounds

Who knew… Bugs don’t like coffee! Adding coffee to soil increases the acidity… which is great for plants and bad for bugs and pests!

5) Mint & Pine

If you have a problem with slugs… mint and pine will help! Add some mint leaves and pine needles around your garden. It will stop slugs immediately!

For more natural methods, visit: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/pests/animal/how-to-control-garden-pests/

Chemical Methods:

If you’re looking for fast acting chemical methods for getting rid of bugs and pests; we recommending using a natural pesticide. These can be found in your local hardware store. However, if your gardens and plants are in serious danger, there are a wide variety of chemical based solutions and powders that you can use. Read and follow the directions carefully to ensure that you don’t accidentally cause more damage!

If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call. We are always ready and waiting to help!

– Your Help Pest Control Team

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