Natural Ways to Get Rid of Weeds & Garden Pests
Do It Yourself Tips & Recipes for Home
their plants while protecting the environment, more gardeners
are deciding to "go green"
by practicing safe and natural ways for controlling or eliminating
common garden pests and insects.
back to basics for a healthier lawn and garden, you can keep
family and pets safe from harmful chemicals found in many
insecticides and pest deterrents.
not only save money, but at the same time help preserve natural
resources by avoiding runoff of toxic chemicals into the air
ahead, discover time-tested recipes for keeping your garden
green with ingredients that can be found either in the kitchen
pantry or at your local home garden center:
Homemade and natural bug & garden pest repellents
put, deer hate the smell! Hang several extra-fragrant bars
in net bags about 3 feet from the ground to keep deer from
regarding your plants as their personal feed store.
soap: 4 parts water and 1 part liquid is a great non-toxic
remedy for white fly infestations on basil, tomatoes, and
other plants. Place the solution in a spray bottle. Aim and
deter mosquitoes, try using lemon-scented dish soap and water
(a cheaper alternative to citronella candles) to spray around
the backyard or wherever mosquitoes become a problem.
oil: Mix with liquid soap for a non-toxic remedy for aphids
by simply mixing 1 cup vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon liquid
soap per cup of water. Pour into a handheld spray bottle and
liberally spray infected leaves.
It's well known that slugs can't resist hoisting a few,
especially after hours! Treat them to a shallow dish or saucer
of beer where you know they will congregate. By morning, youll
find a dish filled with dead slugs.
hair: Yes, human hair has been frequently reported as
another sure-fire deterrent for deer. Place in net bags and
hang about 3-feet from the ground to help shoo away any doe-eyed
predators. If you plan on cutting your own or the kids' hair,
put it to good use by recycling it in the garden.
urine: Available in most garden centers, nothing frightens
away mice, rabbits, skunks, and chipmunks better than the
smell of a dangerous predator.
bugs: Cute and colorful, lady bugs will earn their keep
by voraciously eating aphids and other unwanted insect pests
around the garden. Attract them by planting geraniums or cup-shaped
flowers such as tulips and lilies in spring. You may also
shop around at local nurseries or order ladybugs online for
speedy home shipment.
weed killers for the home garden
Although usually not strong enough to kill older weeds, vinegar
makes for a quick and lethal acid bath for younger and emerging
plants. The higher the concentration, the better it works
so pour it right out of the bottle, or ask your local garden
center for a stronger horticultural grade vinegar solution.
water: Fire up the tea kettle and pour boiling water right
over the weeds to effectively "cook" the leaves
and their roots.
A powerful stain remover, it also works as weed remover
to effectively eliminate leaves and roots.
The old standby is safe and effective when used between bricks
and patio tiles. However, avoid sprinkling it around the rest
of the garden or nothing else will grow.
gluten meal: This powdery leftover from the corn milling
process is a very effective plant food and weed suppressor
available at most garden centers. Its safe for pets,
plants and shrubs, and it won't burn your lawn.
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