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How to Protect Garden Plants from Pests?

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They are not called bugs or pests for nothing. Harmful pests are plants’ worst enemy and a gardener’s nightmare.

Pest problems are disappointing when a garden ends up with a pest infestation. This guide will help prevent pests in your garden, grow the best plants and fight most dangerous pests with pest control services.  

Choose Your Plants

There are garden plants that can hold their own when creepy crawlers lurk. At the same time, they make your garden look beautiful and smell heavenly. Here are some plants that pest the pests and drive them away:

Marigold

Marigolds are a bane to mosquitoes they have a distinctive smell that drives these bloodsuckers away including squash bugs and tomato worms. Consider planting marigolds in your vegetable patch, near doorways, and windows where they tend to enter.

The natural compound in Marigold is used to manufacture insect repellants.

Lavender

The leaves of the lavender have a pleasant scent that insects hate except for the bees. Place some dried lavender leaves in your closet and you don’t have to worry about moths.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a multipurpose plant it is used to make food delicious, decorative grass, and a mosquito repellant. It contains citronella an ingredient that produces the scent in candles.

Petunias

The funnel-shaped blossoms add a bright splash of color to any landscape. The looks deceive, behind the beauty is a licorice-like fragrance that many insects hate such as aphids, tomato hornworms, and squash bugs.

Use Physical Barriers

Physical barriers keep pests away protecting plants from damage.

Floating row covers

Aside from protecting plants from creepy crawlers and birds, floating row covers lessen soil erosion, conserve soil moisture, protect against extreme weather conditions, and accelerate germination. It is light enough to be directly rested over plants.

Row tunnel

Protect plants from insects and animals. It is a mini greenhouse that speeds up the growth of young plants and acts as a shield against harsh climate.

Cloche

Cloches are bell-shaped covers usually made of plastic that is placed over an individual plant as protection from insects and cold temperatures.

Netting

Birds and insects are a big issue, protect your plants by covering them with a net. When you want to work on your plants just pull it and put it back when you’re done.

Grow Healthy Plants

Healthy plants with a solid root foundation can withstand assaults from sickness and pests. Plants have physical defenses against attackers and when they’re healthy, these protectors are working. They have hard shells, thorns, and spines causing physical damage to attackers. If these don’t work, they have toxins and enzymes that emit noxious odors or repellant taste which discourages predators. Here are some tips to keep your plant healthy, budding, and thriving for years to come.

Right light

Leaves that are brightly colored need more light, tilt your plant to the south for more light. Light is more intense during summer months consider moving sun-sensitive plants.

Make pots hold water longer

If your potted plants dry quickly after watering, repot plants insert a wet sponge at the bottom before refilling with soil. This will avoid a gusher if you overwater and act as a reservoir.

Plant companion plants

Plant a few companion plants alongside plants that attract insects. The odors emitted by the companion plants fend off nasty crawlers, they lose their appetite.

Hire Pest Control Professionals

When does pest control work requires professionals?

There are times when pest control needs to be handled by professionals. This is true If the problem is continuing, if the extent of the infestation becomes too large, or only professionals are qualified to handle the products for pest control. Here are other reasons to hire the services of pest control professionals.

Smart treatment

No two infestations are alike. Pest control services provider probe and assess the condition and apply the proper treatment to address the situation.

Cost efficiency

They can identify the existence of any hidden pests and apply preventive measures to stop the problem before it gets full-blown. The cost of pest control will be a fraction compared to the high cost of repairs for the damage caused by pests.

Hazardous chemicals

Pest control professionals know how to handle the most dangerous chemicals to keep the plants safe.

Flexibility

They know how long treatments last and when to apply to prevent uninvited guests from crashing in.

Peace of mind

Spraying kills nasty pests but not prevent, it is only a matter of time before they multiply and carry on with their ways. Professional pest control services provide complete extermination and prevent these unwanted guests from stepping in your garden ever.

Use Garden Software

Get all that you want in your garden by using a garden planner software it is a great tool for staying organized. Set all the items placed precisely where you want them. You’ll have the option to indicate size, shape, landscape, and include any detail to make your garden beautiful. For instance, fences or physical barriers; a sprinkler framework; space for plants, trees, and shrub; and more.

After the layout, planners allow you to print or save your design including a rundown of provisions you need to purchase to realize your plan.

Garden planners permit the use of their software for a limited time or you might want to try their trial version before committing to their company’s edition

Be wary in giving personal information to unscrupulous websites they will use the data for their illicit activities. Practice cybersecurity awareness, understand the threats and find ways to avoid them.

Water in the Morning

The best time to water the plants is before 10 am, it gets by with the plant’s biological growth cycle. The first order of the day for plants is to drink water before the sun gets hot. Wet foliage gets time to dry, plant diseases cannot hold onto dry leaves.

If it’s noon onwards the sun is very hot and the sun-heated water will be too hot for the stems and leaves causing damage.

Identify Beneficial Insects

Not all pests are pesky, there are species that shoo away unwanted guests that are a nightmare to garden owners. Invite these beneficial insects to your garden with habitat to lay eggs and grow an army to combat creepy crawlers. Don’t kill these beneficial insects when you see them near your plants:

 

  •         Ladybugs
  •         Ground beetles
  •         Minute pirate bugs
  •         Green lacewings
  •         Braconid wasps
  •         Praying mantis
  •         Aphid midges
  •         Damsel bugs
  •         Tachinid flies
  •         Hoverflies
  •         Mealybug destroyer
  •         Predatory mites

All You Need to Know About Tea for Dogs

John GreenDid you know that a small cup of black or green tea could help improve your dog’s health and well-being? Studies reveal that a decaffeinated tea is a safe herbal medicine for dogs with conditions that you’ll discover later.

Why Your Dog Should Drink Tea?

Giving tea to your pet can be beneficial for his health because the beverage is loaded with antioxidants as well as relaxing and soothing properties.

Generally, herbal teas are safe for pets, but just to be on the safe side, you should consult your veterinarian before giving any of them to your dog.

Teas like rooibos, Echinacea and peppermint tea can aid in digestion.  You can also give him decaffeinated versions of black or green tea, which are loaded with antioxidant properties, to keep him fit and healthy.

Kinds Of Teas For Dogs

Caffeine-free herbal teas, such as chamomile and peppermint, are beneficial for digestion.   As said, you can also give him green or black tea, but make sure that it’s caffeine-free.

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[Caffeine can be fatal to dogs in large doses, so you might just be asking for trouble if you ignore this reminder. A few symptoms of caffeine poisoning include heart palpitations, muscle tremors and restlessness.]

Now when it comes to the difference between green tea and black tea, know that the prior is dried right after harvest but black tea is not.

Black tea is dried later to allow tannins and theaflavins and others to form.

Green tea leaves are not also fermented, so they don’t undergo oxidation unlike black tea.  It makes green tea potent source of epigallactocatechin gallate (EGCG) taunted to fight cardiovascular conditions and cancer.

 Nevertheless, both green and black teas have antioxidants that can help in treating particular conditions.

Why Drinking Tea Is Necessary For Dogs

For one, dogs with a medical condition calling for a higher level of antioxidants in their system can benefit from drinking tea, as it can aid in reducing bad blood cholesterol and is an anti-cancer agent.

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Green tea, in particular, can also inhibit several cancers, including lung and gall bladder cancer.  It also has the ability of inhibiting breast cancer by binding to the body’s estrogen receptors among small animals. 

Its catechin content is also absorbed the body tissues but concentrate in the digestive tract and liver among subject laboratory animals and dogs, showing how protective it could be for these regions.

Which Conditions Need A "Tea Therapy"

As briefly touched on in the previous section, tea can be beneficial for dogs suffering from a condition that needs antioxidants. 

For example, it can be beneficial for several tumor types that also include those in the colon, intestine, pancreas and rectum.

tea cup
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Certain initial findings also reveal that green tea could treat cancer in pets because it could aid in reducing pancreatic, colon and stomach cancer incidences in humans.

It just goes to show that pets can get the same benefits with regular consumption. But again, talk to your veterinarian prior to administering tea as a part of his treatment protocol.

Green tea’s catechins play a significant role in keeping his body cancer-free because of the excretion and inactivation of carcinogens. 

These compounds can also alter cancer-causing molecules that damage the DNA. 

Cooled green tea can also help in soothing mouth sores and hot spots and cleaning his dirty ears.

It can also be used for dogs with inflammatory conditions and those that need immune system boost.   So if your dog is sickly and you’re looking to increase his resistance against diseases, you might as well give him tea for help.

Reminder-   If making different teas, don’t mix teapots as well as don’t over-boil the water.  Green tea, in particular, is sensitive that its leaves can burn if over-boiled. As a result, it can also lose its healing and aromatic properties. 

Final Thoughts

Teas can be an effective herbal medicine for dogs with cancer or any other condition requiring a higher level of antioxidants in their system but with caution.

Do not give it to your dog without consulting your vet if planning to use it in combination with chemotherapy or another treatment.  Lastly, do not use caffeinated versions because caffeine can be harmful or even fatal to your furry friend.

Additional Sources

1. https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/green-tea-dogs/

2. https://www.silvertipstea.com/blogs/updates/should-dogs-drink-tea

3. https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/06/17/green-tea-benefits-for-pets.aspx







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