The idea of natural pest control originated with organic gardeners and it is now universally accepted as a sensible way of dealing with unwanted pests. In any case who wants to spend their time spraying pesticides when there are beneficial insects to carry out the task for us? In addition these same insects undertake the essential job of pollinating our fruit trees and flowers. These five good bugs are described in a short article by Renee Valdes which I found on the Home Depot Garden Club website.
One of the best ways to keep your garden pollinated and to deter unwanted pests?is to invite beneficial insects.
Invite good bugs with a?buffet of colorful flowers that they can help pollinate. It will also attract other good insects, who will make a meal of?pests.
1. Butterflies.?The beauty of butterflies is captivating in a garden. Make sure these pollinators stay well-fed with aster, bee balm, butterfly bush, lavender, purple coneflower, zinnia and more. Better yet, plant a butterfly bed.
2. Lacewings. Adults and?larvae of lacewings feed on aphids, whitefly larvae, mites and more. Lacewings can eat soft-bodied insects?fast and are sometimes referred to as the ?aphid lions? due to their ferocious appetites. Invite them to your garden with fern-leaf yarrow and dill.
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