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Organic Pest Control – the Easiest Way to Prevent Insect Damage in Your Garden

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Leo Lazich

Every life created by nature has a purpose and usually a predator to keep it in check. Overtime of course, some predators got extinct or displaced and so their prey begin to dominate and soon became pests. Human ingenuity however, is limitless and we soon find solutions to problems that often, we ourselves inadvertently created. The pests in our garden is one such problem and fortunately, we do know how to get rid of them.When it comes to pests in the garden or pest control in general, the first thing that comes to mind is chemical pesticide. The unfortunate truth about them is that each year homes in Australia use approximately several million litres of pesticides on lawns and gardens, and in the home. In fact, on an average, home owners use thrice the quantum of pesticides as farmers. This sad statistics results in lot of wildlife poisonings also, most surface water contamination from pesticides come from single-family homes.You can be environmentally friendly by opting for natural methods and natural pest control which by the way, is less expensive and it’s 100% safer for your family, your garden, the wildlife near you and of course, the environment. Here are the secrets to how organic pest control works:Smell: Like humans, garden pests too are affected by bad smell however (and fortunately), garden pests hate smell of garlic, rhubarb, fish, tobacco etc. you get the picture. So discard old garlic, fish heads, etc. by burying them near the roots of your plants.Gases and odour molecules: Certain plants give off natural odours or oils which some bugs find unpleasant. Sprays and other concoctions made from these plants and sprayed onto plants will deter pests while not harming your plants.Oil: Vegetable oils, Mineral oils and oils made from cotton seed will suffocate soft-bodied pests e.g. caterpillars.Soap: Add small quantities of vegetable based liquid soaps to sprays in small amounts to make them stick to plants. Many insects dislike it and are harmed by soap.Physical: If only one or two plants exhibit pests, the good old manual (by hand) removal method works fast and is best. You may hate to go near them but removing caterpillars by hand works best. Just use some simple tool to pry the caterpillars lose and drop them into a bucket or paper bag.Remember, all insects are not pests. Some are there to control the real pests. The easiest way to differentiate between them is to open Google in your web browser and insert a description of the ‘pest’ and voil you will know if the garden pest you describe is really a pest of a predator of the real pests. You want a Lawn Mowing Services Forster teeming with life with the many creatures and insects keeping each other in check.The idea of organic pest control is to work with nature rather than bombard everything with chemical based sprays and other counterproductive material.Of course, you can also opt to have a team of Garden Clean Ups Services Penrith professionals from Fox mowing attend to your garden pests. More information here: http://foxmowingnsw.com.au.Leo Lazich is a Franchisor of Fox Mowing for NSW and QLD in Australia. Welcome to the Fox Mowing and Gardening website. We here at Fox are pretty passionate about our work. We love gardening and lawn care and nothing makes us happier than having satisfied clients. Youll find lots of information here about the services that we can offer you.Article Source: eArticlesOnline.com

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Unless you live in an urban area, you probably have no reason to think about starting a rooftop garden. However, if you do indeed live in a densely populated urban area and are short on growing space, you may want to consider the many reasons for starting a rooftop garden.

A rooftop garden can go a long way toward improving the energy efficiency of the building. Plants, flowers and shrubbery grown on the top of a building will help to reduce the overall heat consumption of the building and thereby reduce the overall energy needed to keep the building cool during the hot summer months. Studies have shown that the primary cause of heat build-up in urban areas during the summer is due to the absorption of heat by roads and buildings; particularly those with black rooftops dot the landscape of most cities. It has been proven that plants and gardens on rooftops in urban areas can reduce the heat levels in a building by more than 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Another benefit of having a roof garden is the secrecy of your own private growing space. Indeed since undeveloped space is a coveted commodity in urban areas, you increase both your living space and real estate value with a roof garden. As an added bonus, a roof top garden provides a secure place to grow whatever pleases you without having to worry about intrusions into your space as it sits far from marauding children and varmints hell bent on foraging on produce,

One of the other ways in which a rooftop garden can be a benefit to both you and the surrounding environment, especially in an urban area is in creating a natural environment and wildlife habitat for the birds, bees, butterflies, and other species that struggle to co-exist with people in urban areas. While you might not want to see birds picking away at your vegetable patch, they can be welcome guests in a rooftop garden comprised of drought-tolerant plants and other shrubbery.

Not to be over looked in considering a rooftop garden is the notion of growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. Many different plants that produce fruit, vegetables and aromatic and therapeutic herbs are easily grown in even the smallest patches of soil. So even if you are short on space you can still enjoy the satisfaction that comes from growing the food you eat. From tomatoes and peppers to basil, oregano and parsley, you can grow enough fresh food to fill your table in the summer and can, dry or pickle for the winter. In addition, by growing your own food you can control the levels of insecticides and other harmful elements that are often found in the fruit and produce found in the grocery store. And while you might not be able to grow apples and pears on your rooftop, you can certainly have a grape vine, berry bushes and a strawberry patch that will produce an abundance of fruit for you and your family.

Rooftop gardens, once thought of as ornamental extravagances of wealthy Europeans, are now popping up all over urban America as city dwellers, property developers, and institutions discover the many benefits of using their rooftops as green space. From reducing energy consumption to growing healthy nutritious food for your family, there are many good reasons to consider putting a garden on the rooftop of your building.

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