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Pests can be a bother in our flower beds and garden areas. Getting rid of insects and plant diseases can be easy but the larger pests can be troublesome. Here are some additional tips on relieving your beautiful flower garden from all pests, big or small.
- Use insect repellents to control the tiny bugs and other insects that will get into your flower garden. Research the brand and type of repellent that you will be using to make sure it is safe around animals, children, and actually works.
- Use an electric fence or bulb cage to deter larger pests. Being shocked might teach them just the lesson they need to stay away from your flowers.
- Use live traps to catch your pest and then release it far from your house in an appropriate area. This ensures no harm to the animals or pests involved. Use caution so you don’t get bitten or scratched.
- Poison is used for mice and smaller animals like voles. Get poisoned bait and leave it in the area of the flowers that are being victimized. Make sure the bait is safe for children and animals.
- Put up a small fence or wire wrap around your flower garden area to help keep pests out. This will help control the larger animals like bunnies and cats.
- Try using mosquito powder or mosquito control rings around your flowerbeds. This will keep the mosquitoes at bay.
- Sprinkle ant dust around the perimeter of your garden to stop pesky ants of all kinds away.
- Get a Cat Scat mat for your flower garden area. Simply cut the mat to size and lay on the ground. The plastic spikes offer no harm to the cat but are effective in keeping the pest from digging in your flowers.
- Bird netting can protect flower beds, gardens, or fruit bushes and trees from unwanted birds and squirrels from getting a taste of your flowers. The mesh keeps pests out but provided the needed air circulation.
- Pop-up tent type mesh nets can provide additional pest control options for many flower growers. This type of preventative measure keeps out not only the small bugs but the larger animals as well.
For additional information on how to keep pests out of your garden visit a woodstock pest control today!
Insect and rodent pests can quickly degrade the beauty and overall of health of your trees. And if tree pests are left unchecked, they will likely spread throughout the rest of your landscaping causing damages that could easily reach into the hundreds if not thousands of dollars. In order to be prepared to counteract such an infestation of tree pests, it is highly recommended that you regularly practice preventative pest control maintenance on the trees within your property. You can save your trees from dying, otherwise if you think it’s too late, don’t hesitate to receive assistance from a tree service lawrenceville, ga.
Whilst things are still controllable and in order for you achieve preventative measures, I have prepared this guide made up of the 10 top pest control tips for trees. Most of these suggestions are even made as an organic and safe alternative to using chemical agents.
Squirrels, Opossums, & Rats
These little animals can actually be quite nasty little tree pests. They’ll make messy nests in your tress, eat the fruit, and also they’ll get into your garden, bird-feeder, and garbage frequently. They are also rather aggressive especially when they feel threatened (which doesn’t take much), and can carry disease that is communicable to pets and humans. The safest pest control method to remove squirrels from your trees and property is to obtain a humane animal trap from your local Humane Society or you can choose to leave it totally from a wildlife removal in Roswell, GA just to be safer.
Caterpillars are a common threat for trees and one that really needs preventative maintenance. If you start seeing caterpillars, even new hatchlings, it could already be too late to effectively combat them. Bacillus Thuringiensis is a soil compound found in some microbial insecticides which is a deadly stomach poison to caterpillars. As soon as the pests hatch they’ll likely quickly ingest it and die before being able to do much harm. It is also usually deemed a safe and organic tree pest control solution. You should apply this compound right before the season for caterpillars on your neck of the woods is due.
Leafcutters and Thrips
Spinosad insecticides are another relatively safe microbial insecticide solution which attacks the pest’s nervous system through contact and / or ingestion, nearly instantly paralyzing the pest and later causing death.
Mealybugs & Sale Insects
These miniscule pests will get on the flowers of trees and destroy them, sometimes even causing a fungus infestation along the wake of their damage spree. Dormant Oil is a common product sold at many garden supply stores which is sprayed onto the foliage of the tree before bloom. It is known for being highly effective against mealybugs and other scale type insects as a form of tree pest control. The one downside is that Dormant Oil is called that because it needs to be applied while the tree while in the dormant stage before flowering. Doing otherwise, or using too much will damage the tree and possibly even kill it.
If you notice a trail of ants streaming up your trees, then you should reason that they are doing so damage to the bark, leaves, and fruit. Try sprinkling baking soda around the base of the tree and even on top of the anthill if you can locate it.
If you find termites in a tree in your yard then that means there is going to not only be a huge threat to the infested tree, but also to your neighboring home! Do it yourself Termite baits have popped up on the market over the last several years and many claim a good deal of success with using them. Usually these are in the form of ground stake which you plant near the infestation. These ground stakes full of insecticides which the termites mistake for food, take back to the colony, and distribute to other termites… Hopefully eradicating the entire colony over time. Generally such bait treatments need to be kept up regularly for a period of at least several months. So it’s important to also have your home inspected for a possible termite invasion in your home before and after beginning such a tree pest control method.
Mites & Aphids
Mix an ounce of hot pepper sauce or canola oil, and a tablespoon of non-degreasing soap (Degreasing agents can harm leaves) to a gallon of water. Mix well, and spray a light layer over the afflicted trees. Releasing ladybugs into your yard is also a safe alternative, but the only problem with that pest control solution is being able to keep the Lady Bugs in your yard.
Ahhh! Baking Soda, the miracle multipurpose household good also works for curing many fungal infections from trees. Mix about one cup of baking soda to a gallon of water, mix well, and spray onto the affected parts of your tree. Repeat every 2-3 days until the patches of fungus are gone.
These are perhaps the biggest enemy of trees. And they can be extremely tough to combat. The good news is that they typically only combat weak trees. But to keep your trees safe, especially if you live in an area known for having a presence of one of the many types of Bark Beetles, a pheromone insect trap is highly recommended as an effective means of pest control for trees.
If you have date palms on your property, then cockroaches can be a very serious tree pest that will actually nest up near the top of the tree where dead palm fronds and fruit accumulate. The best prevention is regular removal of such matter before it becomes attractive as a potential roach nest. But you can also dilute a couple capfuls of peppermint oil into a gallon of water and spray the top of the date tree with the solution. Peppermint is a great organic pest control for trees as it works as an excellent repellent against most soft bodied insects, including cockroaches.
Variegated Plants are usually valued highly by Gardeners, as their sometimes unique appearance can add greatly to the aesthetic qualities of landscape design. In early Spring before most flowering plants are in bloom, Variegated Plants add a color diversity, giving a garden a broader array of shades than a uniform green.
Variegation occurs in plants for several reasons, all of which produce similar results. Plants are marked by different colors or shades of the same color mostly on leaves resulting in a depth of visual effect. This is caused in some plants by a lack of Chlorophyll in certain parts of the leaf, or a visual effect because of an air layer under the leaf skin present in the reflection of light.
Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium Niponicum) – These are tall and wide ferns that range in color from pewter to reddish, or bluish. These are very hardy and cold resistant.
Variegated Algerian Ivy (Hedera Algeriensis) – These plants produce glossy green 4 to 5 inch leaves with white or cream colored margins. These plants are climbers, and grow at a moderately quick rate.
Meadow Beauty (Rhexia Virginica) – These are extremely beautiful. 12 inch tall plants with dark green leaves, they produce violet colored flowers. These are native to the United States and very adaptable.
Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis Fruticosa) – These 30 inch tall plants are hardy and easy to grow. They have dense green leaves and produce a significant number of pretty yellow flowers.
Traub’s Surprise Lily (Lycoris Traubii) – Originally from Taiwan, this Lily grows to 18 inches in height. When blooming, about 5 wide golden or orange flowers appear.
Poet’s Laurel ( Danae Racemosa) – With beautiful dark green waxy leaves, these plants grow to 36 inches tall. The Poet’s Laurel produces dime – sized red to orange colored berries in fall.
Canna “Intrigue” (Canna Lily) – The Canna Lily have purple-grey pointed leaves that grow up to 6 feet in height, taking an aggressive vertical posture. It flowers late, and produces orange to red colored flowers.
Bears Breech (Acanthus Balcanicus) – Bears Breech gives the appearance of an exotic tropical plant. These have a 36 inch tall spike with white, pink, and purple heads.
Spider Plant (Chlorophtum Comosum) – The Spider Plant has long grass like spikes and is very easy to grow. The spikes are accented by a white border with a green leaf in the middle.
African Spear (Sansevieria Cylindrica Patula) – This Plant has tall round spikes that grow to about 24 inches. The African Spear prefers dry soil, and the spikes are about the shades of green on a watermelon skin.
There are literally hundred of varieties of Variegated Plants designed to thrive in every growth zone. Given the massive numbers of possibilities, it may be best to spend a fair amount of time coordinating which plants and color schemes may work best together.
Anyone who has had a flower garden knows they are not easy to keep up in the war against pests. Many people go the route of pesticides or traps to keep their flower gardens pest free. I have small children and a dog, so I prefer to not use pesticides or traps. I prefer to use alternative methods that are safer for my loved ones and easier on the environment.
A friend of mine has a major gopher problem in her yard. She has tried numerous ways to spare herself from these critters and maybe some of these tips will work for you too:
Buy plants that gophers do not like. A few of those are oleander, begonia, hydrangea, lavender and daffodil. These seem to be low on the favorite list of gophers. As my friend does, put your favorite flowers in a pot, then plant the pot in the ground. So far, this has worked. Be careful, though. There are flowers that gophers love and will bust through the bottom of the pot to get to the roots.
My friend has also used wire cages in her garden with success. It is a special wire, like chicken wire, that she lines the hole she is going to plant in. Another idea is putting fish in the gopher holes. She has tried it with sardines, and it has worked. She has found that after placing the sardines in the gopher hole, the gopher did not use that same hole again. (The problem that developed is it dug another hole, but still did not use the previous one again.)
One of the best ways to keep gophers out of your yard is to have your dog run around the backyard. Gophers do not like dogs, and this is an effective way to repel the sneaky little critter.
Another flower garden pest is snails. Snails are very hard to get rid of without using pesticides. Since I have a dog and small children, I prefer not to use them, and rely on the following tips:
If I find a snail on my flowers, I pull it off and toss it on the ground. Once the shell is cracked, the snail will not live. Find the Snail Fence sold at the Home Depot. It is a tiny fence that you put around your garden and when the snails try to climb it, they get a small shock. It says it is safe for children and animals.
It runs on one 9 volt battery. I have not tried it, but it looks interesting. Another way to repel snails in your flower garden is to put cracked egg shells or something similar in texture around the beds. Snails do not like it and will not cross the lines. Also try ground up walnut or pecan shells. Snails do not like copper. It gives them a slight shock when they touch it and prefer to stay away from it.
Snail Barrier, sold at Orchard Supply & Hardware, can be placed around the base of your flower pots or containers. You will need to clean the copper with vinegar on a regular basis because when it tarnishes, it will not longer be effective. Baiting and removing of the snails is a popular non toxic way of dealing with the pesky pests. I prefer to not do it because I don’t want to attract them to my garden, but it has worked for many of my friends. You put a dish of pet food in your garden, and after dark, or before bed; you go and retrieve the snails that are trapped in it.
We have been in the choose and cut business for 15 years now, with certified Arborist to assist you. We have taken extra steps to provide the best care for the production of premium quality trees. Come visit our farm, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and choose the tree that is sure to brighten your holiday. This will be an experience the entire family will remember for years to come.
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