Going organic is a good thing for your garden, your family, and the Houston, Texas environment. But going organic for pest control is not always easy, especially when you come across some disgusting bug munching on your prize Houston, Texas begonias – your first instinct may be to buy the largest can of insecticide you can find and start blasting. The same can often be said for other garden pests, including ants, mosquitoes, caterpillars, etc. But there are organic ways to combat and prevent many of the common pests that assault your Houston, Texas garden. Below are some tips and ideas for organic pest control for you to try.
Not just for vampires. Garlic can help you organically keep tons of pests out of your Houston, Texas garden. Sprinkle dried garlic in your garden and potted plants to keep mosquitoes away. Garlic oil will help you handle pests such as lacebugs and spider mites, and additionally help prevent and treat black spot, and downy and powdery mildews. Blend four garlic bulbs in your food processor and strain the juice into a gallon of water. You can also mix in a little dish detergent to bump up this organic treatment’s power against fungus in your Houston, Texas garden.
Go native. Native plants, since they are already adapted to the climate and pests of Houston, Texas, are usually tougher and can survive a pest attack better without the use of pesticides or chemicals. Non-native plants can be delicate enough to require the use of a strong chemical in order for them to survive certain pests or diseases. Houston, Texas has many, many native plants and flowers for you to choose from when designing your garden. Cedar Sage, Indian Pink, Coneflowers and Hibiscus are just a few you can start with – check with your local Houston, Texas gardening store or nursery for more suggestions.
Bring on the Dawn. Dish detergent, that is. Your liquid dish soap can be used to keep mealybugs and aphids from destroying your Houston, Texas garden. Mix one teaspoon with a gallon of water and apply it to the leaves of your plants (test a small spot first on delicate plants.) Leave this on for about an hour in your Houston, Texas garden and then wash it off. The soap dries bugs right of existence. For even more organic pest control, use a plant-based soap.
Attract the good guys. Lacewings, ladybugs and other insects, known as “beneficials” are a great organic way to control pests in your Houston, Texas garden. Beneficials can help you control tomato hornworms, aphids, white flies, tent caterpillars and other pests in your Houston, Texas garden, without the use of chemicals. Try planting Butterfly Weed, Wild Ageratum and Asters for organic pest control. Indian blankets, Gulf Coast Penstemon and Verbena all provide nectar for the adult forms of many beneficials to assist you with your organic pest control.
Spice it up. Blend four hot peppers in your food processor and strain the liquid into a gallon of water to mix up an organic treatment for your Houston, Texas garden that will control pests such as lacebugs and spider mites. This is also a good organic method to use to encourage your pets to stay out of your garden, as cats and dogs don’t care for the hot pepper scent.
Remember, too, that sometimes just hosing down your Houston, Texas garden with water can control certain pests, especially mealybugs, spider mites and aphids. You can’t get more organic than water!