Garden Pests

Your garden is a natural environment and although you have some control over it, nature will, inevitably, take its course. Bugs, bacteria, and even some plants can invade your garden and cause varying levels of problems.

The first step in dealing with garden pests is to know what you are up against. The tips in this section will help you identify the good and bad pests. You'll find some great information about dealing with garter snakes and bacterial blight. You can't completely avoid the pests in nature, but you can work to protect your garden from them.

Tips, Tricks, and Answers

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   Aphid Control
Aphids are nasty little critters that can easily ruin your vegetable or flower garden if certain steps aren't taken. Aphid control, while it may seem difficult, is actually a fairly easy task that you can accomplish. All it really takes is a little effort and preparation on your part.

   Correcting Bacterial Blight
While there is no cure for blight, you can take measures to prevent the spread of the disease within your plants and landscape. Correcting bacterial blight involves growing under sanitary conditions, cutting away dead and diseased plants, and improving air and light circulation to existing plants.

   Dealing with Chinch Bugs
If you have ever had chinch bugs before, then you know just how difficult they can be to deal with. It seems like they come out of no where, and are a pain to get rid of. However, dealing with chinch bugs doesn't need to be an impossible task. All you need to do is follow these guidelines, and you can start on your road to a chinch free lawn.

   Garter Snakes
Garter snakes, also known as garden snakes, are a common garden pest that can be seen in many homes across the country. Unexpectedly finding a garter snake can be a very frightening experience. While they may not be venomous, they can still bite. Here is how you can control the garter snake population in your yard.

   Getting Rid of Invaders
Have you ever noticed how many different things in the world can become a garden invader? If proper steps are not taken, then you can very easily find your garden out of control and unmanageable. Learn how simple getting rid of invaders can really be.

   Getting Rid of Poison Ivy
The only way to completely eradicate your yard of poison ivy is to dig it out at the roots and then apply a herbicide. It's extremely important to cover your entire body when working around poison ivy, including wearing a breathing mask, as poison ivy oil can be inhaled.

   Homemade Pest Control Ideas
Every garden has some kind of a pest problem, whether it is weeds, insects, or some other type of problem. While there are all kinds of commercial products that you can purchase and use, they are also usually pretty expensive. Here are some great homemade pest control ideas that not only work, but can help you save some money too.

   Identify Your Garden Pests
There are many kinds of insects that may like to hang out in your garden area. Find out which ones are harmful so you can keep your plants safe.

   Identifying Garden Pests
Not all insects are destructive to a garden. Ladybugs, Lacewings, and predatory wasps eat destructive caterpillars and aphids. You may want to find ways to attract such insects to your garden to eat the garden pests. Before you use harmful insecticides, identify your garden pests as pests by performing online research, visiting your local cooperative extension or library, or by speaking with a knowledgeable expert at a nursery.

   Moldy Dirt and Grass
Moldy dirt and grass can be a big problem if you don't take care of it properly. Often the appearance of mold on dirt or grass can signify another, deeper problem . Dealing with moldy dirt and grass isn't that difficult of a task though. Typically, all you need to do is get a shovel, a little new dirt, and have some spare time.

   Moth Identification
There are so many kinds of moths that it would be quite a challenge to remember them all. Get a good idea of the different moth families to help you better identify them.

   Removing Yucca Permanently
For some reason yucca plants are exceptionally difficult to remove. In fact, there are people that have been trying for years to remove these plants, with little or no success. However, removing yucca permanently is possible if you only take the time to do it right. Here are some guidelines that can help you out.


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