Pest control in your garden.

By encouraging natural predators, following good garden practice, and making regular checks on your plants, you can keep many pests at bay. Aim to create conditions that support a healthy balance of
predators and their prey, and you will limit the damage and need fewer chemical controls.

Make a home for pest predators This water garden, surrounded by borders planted with a wide range of flowering perennials, makes the perfect home for beneficial bugs, slug-hunting amphibians, and insect-eating birds.

Garden Pest

Pest patrol should begin when you buy new plants or accept leafy gifts. Unwelcome visitors also fly or crawl in from neighboring gardens, so keep your eyes peeled and take prompt action.

To prevent a plague of pests, avoid growing large areas of one type of plant. It is more difficult for pests to home in on their target when confronted by a variety of different plants, such as perennials, annuals, and shrubs, as well as herbs, vegetables, and fruit. The abundant nectar also draws in beneficial insects (see opposite). Don’t overfeed plants because aphids love the resulting soft growth

Use a hand lens to scan flower buds, shoot tips, and the undersides of leaves for mites, aphids, and whitefly. Also look for grubs or nibbled roots when you take plants out of their pots, and search for
caterpillars on rolled or skeletonized leaves. A night-time foray with a flashlight will reveal nocturnal pests, such as slugs and snails; seek them out during the day by checking under pots. Weed regularly,
and look out for pest hideouts

Gardening Pest

1 Neaten potential slug and snail roosting
sites. 2 Check buds and shoot tips for
aphids. 3 Pick off larger pests, such as
lily beetle, by hand.

Gardening Tips, Advice.