Garden Pests

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Common Garden Pests

Identifying garden pests, the most common rose pests in your garden is important if you want to keep garden insect pests and other garden pesky pests that eat rose bushes and other plants in check and under control.

After you have Identified the Pests it's time to learn how to stop the pests in your garden from eating your flowers and vegetables.

Be creative when planning your rose garden, and don't make a garden with nothing but roses in it. It's like ringing the dinner bell for the pests that love to attack them.

The same goes for planting vegetables.

Plant some marigolds and alliums in between the veggies, to deter a lot of the most common garden pests from eating the vegetable garden.

It's easy to get over anxious about garden creepy crawlers, but in general, adopting a live and let live attitude is helpful.

No one should habitually walk around in the garden with a spray bottel of malodorous killer gunk for sure.

Rose Gardening Pest Control

Roses are known to attrack certain pests that like to feed on the plants foilage, buds and flowers. Read my page about simple ways to keep those pesky insects away from your roses.

How To Keep Pests From The Garden

Certain plants have a deterent effect on many Garden Insect Pests.

The companion plants that I use in my own rose garden include alliums, all garlic and onion family plants, catnip, thyme, rosemary, allysums, tansy, coriander, fennel, nasturtiums, petunias, mint and geraniums.

These plants also attracts beneficial insects and keep bad pests from your garden.

One caution about mint. It is an invasive plant, that is best planted in a pot, and then put in your flower, vegetable and herb garden.

How To Stop Pests In Your Garden

A windbreak of some kind will keep a number of pests out your garden.

Low-flying varieties of pests are detered by a physical barrier close to the plant of their choice.

So planting along walls and hedges is always great.

Common Rose Pests And Controls

APHID PESTS:Garden rose pests such as Aphids are eaten by lady beetles, lacewings and many other predators. Ahpids are repelled by garlic, dill, fennel, nasturtiums, catnip, coriander and marigolds.

Rose Thrips:Tiny insects that hide inside buds and flowers and suck their juices so buds fail to open and flowers get distorted and discolored.

CANE BORERS: If several or all of a rose's large canes wilt and die, you have cane borers. Most garden insect pests whose larvae develop inside rose canes are repelled by alliums. Remove individual swellings by pruning below the brown, infested area.

CATERPILLARS: These garden pests are parasitized by certain wasps, including yellow jackets, eaten by certain beetles and many birds. They are also repelled by old fashioned re-seeding petunias. You can handpick them and drop them in a bucket of soapy water.

JAPANESE BEETLES: Japanese beetles, rose chafers, cucumber beetles are garden pests that are eaten by beneficial nematodes, and repelled by catmint, garlic, and geraniums. Hand-picking keeps the numbers of all beetles down to bearable level. I recommend taking a walk through your garden in the very early morning, and dropping beetles into a bucket of soapy water. Milky spores (Bacillus popilliae) is very effective for the Japanese beetles if you are having a real tough problem.

LEAFHOPPERS: These pests are eaten by dansel bugs and assassin bugs. They may also be repelled by alliums, and wormweed. These fast moving sucking insect pests usually cause little damage to a healthy rose bush.

PILLBUGS & SAWBUGS: These garden pests don't like it dry, so water early in the morning so the sun can evaporate excess moisture. If you have lots of problems, use corse mulch, instead of fine mulch, to avoid making a damp cozy place where they can hide.

ROSE MIDGES: These garden insect pests are repelled by alliums and strong-scented herbs. Prune off infested foilage and flowers as soon as possible and destroy.

ROSE SLUGS: They are green sluglike worms that leave behind leaves that are eaten between the veins. If there is little damage and you can spot them, simply pick them off by hand and dispose of them.

SPIDER MITES: These are related to spiders and can be serious garden pests. They pierce cells on the undersides of leaves and suck out fluids. Spraying the undersides of rose leaves with a blast of water daily usually reduces the spider mites population. This is working for me in my garden. If spider mites is a problem for you, treat your dormant roses with Dormant Oil Spray to smother overwintering spider mite eggs.

SCALE: Scale is caused by young scale insects that feed on the plant and develop a shell over their body. To prevent infestation spray rose canes with Horticultural Oil in late winter or early spring.

HOUSE CATS:I certainly wouldn't call my adorable garden companion cat Max, a pest. He follows me around when I do my garden chores like a small puppy. However, I get a lot of e-mails from folks who have trouble with their cats in their gardens. Cats do less damage than dogs that's for sure. A sleeping cat doesn't compact the soil as much as a dog. Planting catmint a bit away from a newly planted area, usually keeps my cat from bothering my flower or vegetable beds. Or you can simply put catmint in containers and move them to a place where your cat likes it. A squirt from the garden hose, the minute your cat steps in the bed is also effective. Repeat until the cat gets the message.

DEER PROBLEMS: A lot of gardeners have problems with Deers eating their roses and other plants. They love roses, that's for sure. My own sister has had problems with Deers eating the roses in her front garden. Then she discovered this 'Deer Away' product, and now they wont even touch her roses. Yes, it's non toxic, but the Deers don't like it.

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MOLES & MICE: To keep out burrowing rodents, deep-flashing 18 to 24 inches below ground and 4 to 6 inches above ground will really help. I know it's a lot of work, but it is effective. The red spider lily, Lycoris radiata, that blooms in the fall, is a great repellant if the bulbs are planted as a barrier around the garden. Also great for the vegetable garden. Rodents don't eat narcissus bulbs as they are toxic, so make a nice spring and fall edging by mixing them with Lycoris lilies. It not only looks pretty, but will keep these critter pests out. Or if you have a serious critter problem use an Ultrasonic Pest Repeller it is safe for pets and humans.


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