Many people have gone organic due to the adverse effects that pesticides have on our bodies. Organic farming is growing in popularity and there is a general rise in demand for organic products. Just like in regular farming, you won’t miss out on organic garden weeds and bugs. Even pest and weeds love a chemical free environment. The difference with regular farming is that in organic farming they are dealt with organically. Some of the safe ways that you can use to deal with your pests and weeds include:
Mulching is very effective as it suppresses the growth of weeds. With organic farming, mulching should be done much earlier. If the plants are in rows, a small space should remain for the plants to grow. Mulching is effective as it prevents the seeds of weeds from getting the sun hence will not grow.
Plant items that bugs don’t like
Even bugs just like humans, have a preference of what they like and what they don’t. If you are planning a certain crop, plant something that will not favor bugs that eat it. For example, onions and garlic are disliked by many bugs. There are also some crops that produce oils that repel insects such as rosemary, mint and pines.
Deal with different problems individually
In some cases, dealing with all pests and weeds at a go may prove to be a problem. You would have to deal with each problem individually. There are normally solutions to a specific problem. In some cases, you may have to do weed burning to permanently.
Check household products
There are many household items that can offer solution but they are still safe. They include vinegar solutions, dish soap sprays and alcohol. There are some home solutions that will need the sun to dry out and kill the pests. In some cases, the home-made solutions may emit a scent that is repelling or may make the plant slippery hence not appealing.
In the fight of pests and weeds, it is important to first get to understand about the pests. There are many ways of dealing with pests. There are biological pesticides that work well with naturally occurring bacteria. Spinosad for example is a good biological pesticide for fighting caterpillars, fire ants and beetles. There are also some biological pesticides that work by dehydrating pests such as Diatomaceous earth.
When it comes to effective weed management, it is not all about the pesticide that you are planning to use, it is good to first understand the history of the soil. That means you need to understand the history of pest problem, the pest control systems that have been used before, crop rotation and weather among many other factors. It is important to also note that crop rotation is also very important as it interferes with weed life cycles thus helping in controlling weed. Doing tillage and cultivation in a timely manner is also important. Organic pest and weed control are all about proper planning.