Everyone knows the common grub is a backyard nuisance, but what about the other critters who wreak havoc in our well maintained flowerbeds and gardens? Are they truly menaces or just misunderstood? We spoke to Siw Shauni Hauger, a local conservationist, to help us know the difference and give us tips on how we can attract helpful garden guests to our backyards.
Tip 1 | In a well balanced yard, you should rarely need to use herbicides and pesticides. However, if necessary, use varieties recommended for organic growers. Hauger recommends treating your yard with an insect killer like Spectracide Triazicide to kill unwanted insects while maintaining the natural ecosystem of your backyard.
Tip 2 | Many homeowners get frustrated by insects in their backyard, but oftentimes we need their help to keep our soil aerated and our flowers pollinated. To keep unwanted pests at bay, try using natural remedies. Mix together a solution of neem oil and water to treat the cruciferous vegetables that aphids and beetles love to prey on.
Tip 3 | Plant a mix of hardy natives, bulbs and pretty annuals to give your flowerbeds year-long interest and to attract valuable insects like bees and bumblebees. Native plants are not only great for the native insects, pollinators and other critters, but also, they are generally low maintenance because they’re in their natural environment.