Tips for a Healthier more Environmentally Friendly Lawn & Garden- Dealing with Outdoor Pests

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Tips for Environmentally Friendly Ways to Deal with Outdoor Pests

Every little bit of greenery on our planet helps clean the air, contributes to our oxygen supply, helps prevent soil erosion and improves our quality of life. Whether you have a few square feet or a forest behind your home, preserving and promoting the diversity of the area and maintaining it chemical-free will enhance your life and keep you, your family and the animals in the area safe from harmful toxins.


Pesticides carry the suffix “-cides” which means “killer.” Natural pesticides are cheaper and safer for your family and are usually “pest-specific.” The subject of organic, or chemical-free, gardening can be quite complex. Many articles and books have been written on the subject. We encourage you to add to what follows with your own research.

As is the case in nature, your garden is healthiest when it has a diversity of things growing and living in it. It is important, therefore, to distinguish between those pests which are truly detrimental to your garden, and those little creatures which are actually beneficial. Lady bird beetles, fly larvae, lace-wing larvae (aphid lions), praying mantis, dragon flies, predacious mites, thrips, spiders, toads, garter snakes and birds are all creatures you should be happy to have in your garden.

Natural Ways to Rid Pests
• Companion planting is the practice of placing plants which pests dislike around those plants which pests relish. For instance, aphides hate chives, so chives are a great companion plant for roses.

• Hand Picking is time-consuming but unbeatable. Use gloves and remove all visible offending pests.

• Put a cone of birdseed in your garden. Birds are much more efficient than people at killing bugs. Flickers, warblers, finches, jays, robins, grackles, sparrows, cedar waxwings, starlings and many other birds will consume thousands of insects every day.

• You can also plant flowers that attract birds: pincherry, white flowering dogwood, honeysuckle, holly, white pine, Russian olive, sunflowers, marigolds, or ask your local nursery for other examples. The birds will come for the berries and seeds, but they’ll stay for the bugs.

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