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How To Deal With Garden Pests
Gardening
By: Jasper Sayer  
While tending to my own garden, I have found
that one of the most frustrating things that can
happen to a gardener is to walk outside to
check on your plants. It's just a routine walk to
make sure that your garden is thriving, but you
end up finding holes in all of your plants that
looked fine only hours before. The explanations
for some of these plant-destroying holes are
garden pests. Some of the main garden pests
are slugs, worms, caterpillars, birds, snails, and
the occasional gopher. Although you can never
wipe out these pests entirely, after all your hard
work in the garden you have to do something.
Insects are one of the worst things to have in your garden; they can live under
the soil, in old weeds or piles of leaves, or in a number of other places. In order
to help keep insects away, always try and eliminate places in your garden and
near your garden that these insects and other plant diseases could be living.
Remove old leaves, weeds, or any other decaying matter that insects and
diseases could be living in from your yard. Also, regularly turn over your garden
soil and break apart any clumps of dirt so that you can eliminate the living
spaces any insects that might be hiding underground.

Another way to rid your garden of the pests is to use dormant spray, which is
used to keep destructive insects and diseases under control. It is best that you
use dormant spray when your plants are dormant, usually around February or
early March. I have used dormant spray many times on my garden and it has
worked wonders on keeping insects out. But as I learned from experience,
dormant spray is only effective if you follow the correct instructions. When I first
decided to use some on my gardens, I just dumped it everywhere in hopes of
killing everything harmful. Unfortunately I ended up killing my entire garden
along with my neighbors. Some insects can be beneficial to your gardens
though, so be sure to find out which insects help your garden.

Another pest problem I've had besides insects has been birds. Whenever I see
birds in my garden I run outside a chase them away, but as soon as I step inside
they come right back. The solution that I've come up with to keep the birds away
from my gardens is to put a bird feeder in my yard. Instead of costing me time
and money by eating my garden, the birds eat at the bird feeder. In the long run
it'll save you money. Not only can a bird feeder help keep birds away from your
garden, but they can also be a new part of your yard decoration. Although not
completely eliminating my bird problem, my bird feeder has made the problem
smaller. Getting a dog has also helped.

If you start seeing mounds of dirt around your yard, and your plants keep
unexplainably dieing, you can assume that you have a gopher problem.
Thankfully, this is one of the few gardening pasts that I haven't had. However my
friend has struggled with a tremendous gopher infestation, so I decided to
research it. Gophers are rodents that are five to fourteen inches long. Their fur
can be black, light brown, or white, and they have small tails. One method of
getting rid of these root-eating pests is to set traps. The key to successfully
capturing a gopher using a trap is to successfully locate the gopher's tunnels
and set the trap correctly. Another way to get rid of them is to use smoke
bombs, which you place into the tunnel and the smoke spreads through out it
and hopefully reaches the gopher.

If you suspect that your gardens are being pillaged by any of the pests I
mentioned, I encourage you to try your hardest to eliminate the problem as soon
as possible. The longer you let the species stay, the more established it will
become.


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