Common Mistakes When Dealing with Pests
Gardening can be really relaxing and satisfactory. Planning, working the soil, planting, and taking care of many different plants is often a very rewarding experience. But all the excitement can come crashing down when pests make an appearance. No matter how experienced, every gardener has had to deal with these little hazards capable of destroying all their hard work. What’s worse, sometimes it’s the kind of work they do to get the plants in optimal shape what actually ends up backfiring and inviting these intrusive guests in. Read through to avoid the most common mistakes:
Plants are at their most vulnerable when they’ve just been planted. It’s when they need the most exposure to sunlight, water, food, and of course, the protection of a loving gardener. Otherwise they are exposed to all kinds of diseases and yes, pests. When plants are that young, they don’t really have the resources to defend themselves. In this stage, trouble often comes from gardeners taking the form of helicopter parents and over caring and thus overwatering. Too much water does lead to an invasion of fungus that can very quickly attract all sorts of insects, like flies, and unknown pathogens from other environments that can seriously compromise the health of your plant. Remember that when seeding, the most important thing is to strike a balance between all the needs of your plant.
Acting too Fast
When a beloved plant seems to be hit with something, gardeners tend to go into panic mode and reach for their trusted fertilizer, more often than not, in the form of nitrogen. Though quick fixes like that give the illusion of having solved the problem, that’s hardly the case. Usually, they only manage to solve the part of the problem that’s visible to the human eye. Whenever you see a problem, don’t just go for a quick fix. Research, study, and ask around. There are other plant lovers around the internet, so you could even find a forum and ask for advise. Just take the time to really get to know what you’re up against and find the best approach.
Believing All Insects are Bad
There are bad insects that will bring diseases and damage your plants beyond repairs, but like all ecosystems, gardens also have good insects and are actually beneficial to the overall environment of your plants. See, depending on what you’re planting there might be insects that are actually helping you keep your plants safe, even if they don’t look like good guys. As with the last point, take the time to research what kinds of insects are present in your garden before you decide to get rid of them. The internet can help a lot when it comes to identifying them. What should give you pause, is new visitors that come along with any new plants. Often, when introducing a new plant to your garden, you can be inviting all sorts of new bacterias, pathogens and insects that can wreak havoc in your garden. So, when introducing a new plant, just quarantine it for a couple of weeks until you can see what kind of insects it attracts and whether they’ll be compatible with your existing garden.