First lets talk about the best "environmentally friendly" way to handle pests and disease in your gardens. Using harmful pesticides and herbicides will cause residual harm and health risks for us and our pets, and we absolutely don't want that. Here are some very useful tips that I found on a local garden club website that I would like to share. I personally use these same techniques and I can say that they do work.
Conservation Tips for the Garden
- Stop using garden chemicals . . . Lawn pesticides and fertilizers leach into drinking water and come into your house on shoes and pets.
- The many natural products available at your local garden shop are better alternatives.
- Do not allow herbicide 2, 4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid to be used on your lawn. Exposure doubles your pets’ risk of canine malignant lymphoma and threatens your own health.
- One way to avoid herbicides is use white vinegar to kill grass between patio bricks and spot spray on weeds in lawn – best results when used on a sunny day.
- Kill aphids by spraying soapy water on infested plants then rinse with clear water.
- To avoid pesticides, introduce beneficial insects into your garden.
~ One ladybug eats as many as 5,000 aphids per year.
~ Reduce mosquitoes by putting a bat box in your yard.
~ Encourage insect eating birds by providing birdhouse
DEER PROBLEMS ~ Here are some "natural" remedies and recipes to help keep those hungry deer away from your beautiful garden.
I am sure some of you may be thinking "Shotgun" ... Please don't do that !!!!! instead, here are my tips that I use and also found online. This really does work.