FIVE WAYS TO ATTRACT GARDEN FRIENDLY INSECTS

Some insects are beneficial to your garden, and many herbs come in handy as they encourage biodiversity which is good if you are interested in organic gardening. These herbs attract insects which helps to control the pest population. If you need an ecosystem that is diverse, then you will require to put on more herbs as this helps to manage and resist pest invasion. Below are five ways you can attract the beneficial insects to your garden

1.BENEFICIAL PLANTING

Not all herbs are harmful, some are beneficial in your garden for fertilizing, and help to provide nectar, and foliage for shelter to insects. Primary what beneficial insects are searching for is shelter and food, and with some of this herbs, insects are encouraged to hug around and lay eggs. Most helpful insects include; parasitoid wasps, lacewings, hoverflies, and they eat nectar as food while their young ones are pest hunting predators. Some of this predators include; beetles, damsel bugs, spiders, big-eyed bugs, and ladybugs. Some of the best herbs include:

  • Yarrow

Yarrow herb attract insects since it has lacy foliage and insects benefit from it as an egg-laying site and a habitat. Yarrow has a powerful capability of fertilizing your garden, and when flower stalks and you live their leaves until early spring, they provide overwinter habitat.

  • Borage

Borage is also known as bee plant and it’s included as a garden pollinator. Most beneficial insects especially bees like the purple star-shaped flower and they are attracted to its nectar while they shelter in its foliage in their growing season.

  • Comfrey

Comfrey is a useful perennial herb for your garden. It’s a source of nectar which most beneficial insects use for pollination while its large leave drape over the soil, providing a site for egg-laying and a habitat for many insects. Comfrey is tenacious so while plating it, choose its home well as it is there to stay.

2.PROVIDE SOME COMFORTS

For insects to stick around in your garden, you have to provide for them a friendly and a comfortable environment. Your garden must have sources of shade, and drinking water for the insects. If you don’t have an irrigation system, just fill containers with fresh water and leave it in different parts of your garden. Make sure the water is clean to avoid attracting mosquitoes.

3.DIFFERENT HEIGHTS OF PLANTS

Having plants of varying heights makes your garden to be more diverse and its helpful to beneficial insects.  Plants like rosemary and mint will provide shelter and shade to insects like beetles. Beetles lay eggs in the soil and after hatching, their offspring hurt for pests that dwell in the soil. Winged insects like bees and lacewings, on the other hand, needs high plants with nectar to feed on and foliage to lay eggs.

4.COMPANION PLANTING

Different insects have different preferences, and they are attracted to the various type of plants. Depending on the nature of insects you want to draw in your garden, you need plants that favor them.

For example; Dills attract braconid wasps (this insect feed on tobacco, caterpillars, hornworms, and aphids), tachinid flies (they feed on beetles, squash bugs, Japanese, gypsy moths and cutworms). The more plant you have in your garden, the more insects you attract and the more the benefits.

5.EASY ACCESS

Most insects are attracted to tiny flowers like sweet alyssum, white lace, and dill since this plants work better for them.  Insects like hoverfly are attracted to both large and small flowers.  Therefore, before planting some of this herb, you must consider the fact that the type of insect you need in your garden can easily access the plants.

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