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Getting Rid of Pests and Plant Disease

Plant Health, Care and Protection

Whichever type of garden you’re growing, your plants are bound to attract harmful pests at some point. It’s not your fault! Thatjust part of plant life. But if you don’t get ahead of it, your prized plants may catch a disease or two.

Don’t fret! Decades of study from experts moved us far away from taking chances with pest control.

Today, we’ve created plenty of remedies for pest problems and plant disease. You may spot shelves upon shelves of pesticides and insect repellents when you head to supermarkets.

But recently, there’s been a trend of “going green”. This means going for more eco-friendly ways to protect plants from pests and diseases. These organic methods have become rather popular in both gardening and floristry. And for good reason, too! They keep plants far healthier than chemical or artificial solutions do. They’re even easier on the pocket!

 

Getting Rid of Pests and Plant Disease​

In this article, we talk about three important elements of plant health, care, and protection. We’ll concentrate on reliable organic solutions for your garden.

First, we look at a few fundamental pointers for keeping your garden healthy and well-nourished. This will help you keep it full of life from the time you plant them until you harvest their produce.

Next, we talk about the best pesticides to guard your plants against bugs and insects. We also cover proven solutions for pesky weeds.

Finally, we learn about which flowers and plants can ward off pests. This is another natural way to get rid of pests that won’t hurt your garden!

Interested in a formal course? Want to get certified as a gardening expert? We encourage you to look into organizations offering classes in floristry, like:

American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org).
National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org).
American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org).
American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org).

Raising a Healthy Garden

Take it from the experts. You’re going to want to ensure your plants are healthy and nourished all through their growth. This way, you see to it they blossom into gorgeous flowers, fragrant herbs, or fresh vegetables!

Here are a few helpful pointers for raising a healthy garden. You’ll thank us later!

  • Before you purchase your plants, examine them for rotten roots. Look for bug-infested leaves or stems too.
  • Make sure to use only fully-composted waste and mulch to avoid disease and infection.
  • Do your research on which fertilizer best suits your garden and stick to it.
  • Keep careful watch of bugs in your garden to eliminate undesirable infestation.
  • In the autumn season, make sure leaves don’t pile up too much. With this, you won’t get an uneven proportion of green and brown materials for your mulch.
  • Water your plants with the correct amount and time intervals.
    Late winter is the best time to prune sickly limbs back to healthy, living tissue. Make sure to do this to avoid further infection or get new diseases.
  • Whatever you do – Prevent. Overcrowding.

Organic Pest Control and Herbicides

It’s tempting to reach for chemical treatments when you run into pest troubles. After all, they’re quick and easy solutions, right?

But remember: the more chemical treatments you give your garden, the fewer nutrients your plants get from the soil! Plus, it makes plants much more prone to disease and infection.

The basic principle is to keep your garden as diverse as possible. Keep various kinds of annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees all nestled in the soil. Plant them in smaller groups all through the garden. Place in a healthy mixture of aged compost and brown and green mulch. This will help keep pests from preying on a whole lot of plants.

But there are many other natural ways to protect your cherished garden! Here is some expert advice on keeping weeds, diseases, insects, and bugs away.

Weeds

Stop these pesky things from ever starting up in your yard! Top-dress your new planted plot 2 to 3 inches deep with corn gluten. Then, water it all throughout.
If weeds have already sprouted in the soil, drench them in a solution of vinegar and a few drops of liquid soap. Make sure to keep surrounding plants and flowers safe from the acidic spray. You can do this by wrapping them in newspapers.

Diseases

Protect your bed of roses from powdery mildew or “black spot” with a distinct tonic. This is a mix of 2 tablespoons of baking soda, half a tablespoon of liquid soap in about 2 liters of water.
A fact unfamiliar to many people, chamomile tea is an all-inclusive cure for fungal diseases. Infuse 16 tea bags or about 2 cups of dried flowers in very hot water. Use the cooled down product to water your diseased plants.
Want an easier, less taxing solution? Dissolve 2 aspirin tablets in 1 quart of water. Spray the mixture on plants with black spot, mildew, rust, and other fungal infections.

Insects

Blasting small insects like aphids and mites with water will get them off your plants. For more stubborn bugs, remove them with adhesive tape.
Brew a couple of basil leaves and fragrant herbs (e.g. lavender, rosemary, sage, mint, etc.). Use them to eliminate creepy crawlers.
For slugs and snails, create a barrier of thin copper wires around your plants. This will give those pests a faint yet frightening shock. For best results, you can also build a shallow perimeter of pine needles, coffee grounds, cracked eggshells. This will result in a scratchy boundary that will throw them off the path.

Pest-Repellent Flowers and Plants

So far we’ve learned about natural pest control remedies! Now let’s look at the following list of plants and flowers proven to have natural resistance against pests and diseases.

Growing a garden of gorgeous blooms or flavorful herbs is no easy task! But sweet-smelling plants often attract bugs and other insects. These will drain them of their nutrients and worse yet, stunt their growth.

Luckily, there are helpful little beauties of nature that organically repel pests! They save you the time and expense of artificial pest control solutions. Even better, they keep a wonderful sense of balance and diversity in your garden! This guarantees your garden stays protected from nasty diseases and bug infestations.

Here is a list of pest-repellent plants and flowers! Many of these are also ideal for gardening newbies. They’re easy to take care of and maintain!

  • Marigolds
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Dahlias
  • Sunflowers
  • Petunias
  • Borage
  • Lavender

Photo by Prudence Earl