Category: Wildlife Gardening
This photo shows a picture of a ladybug that is a beneficial insect feeding on mealybugs that feeds on garden plants.
It is a true garden fact for those of us who spend time in the great outdoors as we connect with nature, face the challenge of having to wage war on those garden pest known as the bad bugs.
I have faced these garden pest many times before, nothing like having a garden that is growing so beautiful and then it almost knocks you off your feet to see that there is some uninvited guest that has moved in and is making a feast of your garden plants.
Because of these garden pest, many methods of controlling these bad bugs have been applied to bring relief to the home and business owners.
In this article, we will be looking at ways on how to attract beneficial insects to control garden pests.
The insect population is so vast that it outnumbers us by far, not to worry though there isn’t going to be an insect invasion if there was one we sure would have a war on our hands.
There are billions and billions of insects upon planet earth, in fact, I was told by one of my mentors many years ago that for every human there are about one million insects now that is a lot of insects.
Also every year the agriculture industry losses millions of dollars worth of crop because of these garden pest.
This photo shows mealybugs, mealybugs are a garden pest that destroys our plants
The bad bugs are insects that destroy our beautiful garden plants turning our once beautiful gardens into a graveyard.
The good bugs are also known as the beneficial insects. These bugs patrol and protects our garden plants, these bugs are like the police of our gardens killing and feeding on the bad bugs ensuring our plant’s safety.
Designing and installing a beautiful garden can really increase the value of your property as you connect with nature enjoying the array of colors that put you in such a relax mode.
But having a garden does have its challenges from disease and insects to issues that may range from nutritional to soil ph problems. But the good news is that with some knowledge you can address these problems and help your garden along the way to maintain its beauty and charm.
Insects and their destruction
I have worked on many garden projects over the years from five-star resorts to private homes and even some business establishments and one thing I have come to realize is that we will always be faced with these uninvited guest that will seek to make a meal out of our garden and landscape plants.
A concern over the years was how to approach these problems in a safe way while ensuring not to contaminate the environment?. One control method was to release beneficial insects into our garden and landscapes that have proven to work really well.
Another method was to install plants within our gardens that would repel insects.
That also proved to give some results also. The best part is that these plants that are and is still being used can be consumed by us. Talk about a win, win solution. Now that’s smart gardening.
These methods are really safe which is known as BIOLOGICAL CONTROL. Also applying organic sprays can offer some solution that is safe.
But then there is another way these insect pests can be controlled while making your garden a garden paradise and that is by encouraging birds in your garden. The beauty of this method is that you will not only be controlling these pests biologically but you will have the pleasure of watching these birds in their natural habitat as they raise their young
and reward you by playing a song or two as they sing so beautifully in the cool of the evening.
Encouraging birds in our landscape and gardens
A great way to attract birds into our landscapes and gardens is to make our gardens attractive and inviting by adding
1.A water source such as a birdbath where they can drink and take a bath.
Plants that eat garden insects
What I find so fascinating about the plant world is how diverse they are. For centuries plants have benefited us in so many ways. From being used as food for creating medicines, skin care products, shampoos, fuel, to beautifying, purifying the air that we breathe and so many other things.
The list seems to be endless. But what is also awesome is that there are plants that eat garden insects, who would ever think that these kinds of plants existed?
As far as we know plants produce its foods through a process known as photosynthesis by using sunlight, water and carbon dioxide turning these into sugars but to have insect-eating plants is really awesome. We will also be looking at a cool video of these carnivorous plants in action in this article.
wouldn’t it be great to have some of these plants in your garden and landscape design to help with the control of certain pest besides flies and mosquitoes that carry disease and germs?
Care of plants
If you have decided to use some of these plants in your garden and landscapes that is really great, it is all a matter of knowing their requirements or under what condition they will thrive best.
To begin with, you will have to locate an area in the garden that gets bright indirect sunlight, acidic soil, the soil should also be able to hold moisture along with high humidity.
Create these conditions and you will be will on your way to garden success. Here is a tip that will work, Install some of these plants in pots and place them in certain parts of the garden that meets their requirements. This is a Photo of a Venus Flytrap.
If installing directly in the ground, place plants near other plants that will provide them some shade from direct sunlight, doing this will keep them from getting burnt.
Rainwater or purified water is best to use because tap water may be too harsh on these type plants.
Video of Carnivorous insect-eating plants
Here is a video of these carnivorous insect-eating plants. Hope you enjoy and I will see you at the end of this video.
What do you think? how awesome I think that this video was pretty cool. So there you have it live and in color with full action.
Benefiting from the good guys
What I love about nature is that nature was design to take care of itself. Have you ever notice how beautiful plants are that grows in the wild or in an uncontrolled environment that is not touched by the human hands
This photo shows a ladybug that is a beneficial feeding on a host of mealy bugs that is the bad bugs.
this truly is nature working at its best. Nature offers a safe way in which these plants are maintained and by following what nature has taught us can also help us to maintain beautiful landscapes and gardens in a safe way.
In this article, we will be focusing on insect biological control that offers such great help in garden success.
Biological control is using the beneficial or good bugs to eliminated the bad bugs. The bad bugs feed on our gardens and landscape plants, but the good news is the good bugs feeds on the bad bugs and help to maintain our plants by protecting them.
Many of them we can find in our garden areas such as the ladybugs, praying mantis, the assassin bugs and so on. But what if you decide to introduce more of these bugs into your garden area?
How do you get more of them and keep them there?
Wildlife are our friends
What amazes me about nature is the help that we get in order to survive. Who would have ever thought that the production of many foods that we enjoyed depends on these tiny creatures?
Have you ever notice just before the growing season starts there are many even hundreds of bees that swarms your garden area? What these little helpers of nature is actually doing is helping the food chain.
In order for many of our plants to set seed and produce fruits and yield a nice harvest for us to enjoy, these little helpers of nature do their part to make this all possible.
How do this work?
I am glad that you asked. Have you ever heard the word pollination? bees, birds, moths bats and butterflies play an active role in this, what happens is these helpers of nature takes the pollen from the male flowers and carries it to the female flowers.
When this happens fertilization takes place, out of this union seeds and fruits are produced. These helpers of nature are called Pollinators. Billions of dollars are made every year because of these wonders of nature that lend us their free service.
So if you look at it, these helpers of nature are responsible for helping to provide jobs for thousands of people.
They need our help
How can we help? I am glad you asked. What we can do is invite them into our garden by making our garden a home for wildlife or making a garden that will accommodate them. How can we achieve this?
Steps to take
1.Install plants that pollinators like. According to your zone, you can always get this information from your plant nursery or garden center.
2.when installing plants, use a variety.
3.Plant in masses because when you plant in masses this will attract more wildlife than if you plant singly.