If there is one thing that the gardens in Sydney that have been created as a result of landscape design all have in common, regardless of their size or shape, it is an aversion to bugs and pests. Most of what grows in these gardens is at risk of being damaged, or worse, killed, due to specific bugs or pests deciding that they are to be their next victim.
On occasion, Sydney’s home and garden owners have had to endure seeing the plants they have nurtured and maintained gone within as little as a few days due to the activities of certain pests or bugs. Well, we are here to tell the homeowners of Sydney how to fight back, and better still, we have, in no particular order, ten highly effective ways to deter pests and bugs coming anywhere near your landscaped garden or the plants in it.
Keep Soil Healthy
The healthier your plants, the more chance they have of resisting bugs and pests and that requires the soil to be healthy too. Ensuring your soil is healthy, with the use of compost, for example, ensures it is nutrient-rich and has the optimal consistency.
Acquire ‘Pest-Resistant’ Plants
Not many Sydney homeowners are aware that they can purchase plants that are proven to be pest-resistant. For example, for those who have vegetable patches in their gardens, some carrot types are fly-resistant, and certain potatoes can stand up to eelworms. Take time to research this subject as there are lots of other plant types that are resistant to pests.
Maintain And Clean Your Garden Regularly
This might not be the most original suggestion you will ever read about your garden, but it is worth repeating that a well-maintained garden, and more importantly, a clean garden will be less attractive to many of the bugs the pests that are a danger to what is growing in your garden.
Get Rid Of All Weeds
Sticking with the theme of maintaining your garden, we believe it is important to highlight the task of removing weeds. Not only do they take away nutrients and moisture from plants, but they are also a focal point for many unwanted bugs and pests when they arrive in a garden.
Place Traps Around Your Garden
If you cannot find a way that stop pests and bugs from entering your garden, then you thankfully have a fallback position that curtails them when they are there. Here, we are talking about setting traps that target specific pests such as sticky cards and bug zappers.
Locate Plants In The Optimal Places
Different plants thrive in different conditions such as those that prefer shade versus those that love direct sunlight. Knowing this should help you position your plants to take advantage of the best conditions and thus help them be more resistant to bugs and pests.
Encourage ‘Garden-Friendly’ Insects
You might think this is counter to what we are trying to achieve, however, it is the case that not every creature in your garden has malevolent intentions. Many insects are helpful to your garden especially those that eat other undesirable bugs.
Feed The Birds
On the subject of creatures in your garden that are helpful, we now come to birds. Birds will eat many of the unwanted insects, but to first attract them to your garden you need to add a birdfeeder or bird table.
Implement Plant Rotation
If a plant is in the same place year in, and year out, pests and bugs will come to know this and thus know exactly where to strike. An option to avoid this if the plant can be moved, is to move it to different places in your garden akin to crop rotation.
Place Physical Barriers
The final way to try to prevent bugs and pets from attacking your plants is to place physical barriers that prevent their progress. Insect nets and horticultural fleece are prime examples of these.