Want to keep pest and disease problems at bay without the use of harsh chemicals this fall? Here are some organic alternatives to help prevent pest and disease problems in your flower gardens.
Embrace Organic Alternatives for Controlling PestsOne of the best ways to maintain a healthy flower garden is by using organic alternatives that include handpicking, companion planting, and a good old spray from the garden hose.
Use Native PlantsNative plants are well-adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, making them more resistant to pests and diseases.
Choose Disease-Resistant VarietiesPlant breeders have developed cultivars that possess natural resistance to specific diseases, making them less susceptible to infections.
Keep Spacing in MindSpacing plants properly when planting helps maintain good airflow, easier access for maintenance, and reduce pest infestations. Always read those plant labels and follow the grower’s recommendations.
Attract Beneficial InsectsHelpful garden allies, such as ladybugs, lacewings, praying mantis, and hoverflies, feed on pests. Add more pollinator friendly plants, reduce pesticides, create habitats and provide water sources to attract them.
Promote Healthy Soil and PlantsMaintaining healthy soil and plants is essential for preventing pest and disease problems. Water wisely, mulch, and rotate flowers.
Maintain Good Garden HygieneKeeping your flower garden clean and tidy plays a significant role in minimizing pest and disease problems. Weed, deadhead and prune regularly.
Follow along to learn more organic ways to minimize flower garden pest and disease problems.