Everyone hates to see the end of summer but it can be especially tough for gardeners. Now is the time of the summer when your garden starts to wear down. It doesn’t rain as much. The heat can be overbearing. Your plants become weak and susceptible to pests. Although it may sound counterintuitive, now is the time to bring on the bugs! At least some bugs, that is…Having good bugs, beneficial insects, in your garden will keep pests like aphids at bay and extend the life of your garden.
Beneficial insects are a safe, biological pest control, which is important if you have a vegetable garden. Some of the top beneficial insects include:
Ladybugs are one of the most common beneficial insects used for controlling pests. They are superb aphid predators and they also eat whitefly, mites and other soft-bodied insects and eggs. Luckily for gardeners, ladybugs are big eaters: each adult ladybug can consume nearly 5,000 aphids in its lifetime! You can buy lady bugs easily on the internet and have them shipped directly to your door.
Adult lacewings and their larvae eat aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs and whiteflies. Angelica, coreopsis, cosmos, and sweet alyssum will attract lacewings to your garden. You can also buy lacewings on the internet.
While praying mantis consume pests such as flies, crickets, moths and mosquitoes, be careful with introducing them to your garden as they also devour other beneficial insects. Again, you can buy praying mantis on the internet and have them shipped directly to your door.
For more information on friendly bugs and extending the life of your garden, stop in anytime and talk with one of our garden specialists at Stockslagers Garden Center!