As gardeners who love the outdoors, and of course our plants, there is nothing more frustrating than when insects make their home on your citrus trees.
However, using pesticides to rid your garden of troublesome pest problems can sometimes feel like a burden to the environment. Afterall, pesticides are made up of chemicals, and the effects of pesticide use may be harmful not only to the environment but to you as well.
That is why, at Fence and Garden, we endorse all natural pest control as a given, but if you are inclined to reach for the chemicals, we thought it was time to talk about the types of garden pesticides, and offer some advice on making a conscious pest-ridden decision.
What are Insecticides?
An insecticide is a chemical substance that can be formulated to kill, mitigate, repel, or harm one or several species of insects. Various insecticides work in different ways. Some damage the insect’s exoskeleton, some act upon the nervous system, and others kill or control them by some other means. It sounds pretty rough if you’re a bug, right?
What are Fungicides?
Fungicides are important tools for preventing and managing plant disease, although most also come with chemical ingredients. Unlike insecticides and some herbicides which kill established insects or weeds, fungicides are most commonly applied to protect healthy plants before infection occurs.
What are Herbicides?
Herbicides control weed plants either by speeding up, stopping or changing the plant’s normal growth patterns; by desiccating (drying out) the leaves or stems; or by defoliating the plant (making it drop its leaves). They also deter bugs, because well, there are no leaves to live on.
So with this in mind and if you’re now deciding that a dangerous chemical option is not for you, we find that good pest control can also be achieved by spraying with commercial pest oil. A cheap, homemade option can be made by blending together a cup each of cooking oil and water plus a few drops of washing detergent.
If this is also not to your liking, another way of keeping most garden pests under control is by regular pruning and weeding to eliminate breeding zones.
At the end of the day, running a garden takes a lot of time and patience. And we can all agree that it can be extremely frustrating when insects and other pests destroy your hard work.
Ask the team at Fence and Garden for advice, and we can help you make a conscious decision when it comes to maintaining a healthy balance between pests and plant growth in your garden.