10 Ways To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden

“Insects are now always bad. Remember butterflies? They are oh so lovely. But aside from butterflies, there are a lot of other insects that can truly help you in growing you plants. Check the article below to show you how and why need them.”

 

10 Ways To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden

If you’re fighting off pests in your garden, it might seem counter-intuitive to bring more pests into the mix, but bear with us! Believe it or not, you can use Mother Nature to your advantage in your garden by introducing “good bugs” that will eat up all of the “bad bugs” that are wreaking havoc on your plants!

Read on for some great tips on attracting beneficial insects to your garden!

Do Your Research

If you want beneficial insects in your garden, one of your first orders of business should be to recognize which insects are helpful and which ones are hurtful.That way, you can have some sense of the ratio of good-to-bad bugs in your garden. Some of your best garden friends? Lady bugs, ground beetles, praying mantis, and stink bugs! To read up on beneficial insects, this is a great article.

Be Generous With Hiding Spots

While some “good insects” will patrol your plants all day long to eat up the pesky insects, others like to hang out underground during the day,and only do their patrolling at night. Make sure to give your nocturnal garden helpers some shade to hide from the sun. You can do this by using stepping stones, rocks, or mulch. As long as you give your new friends a place to stay hidden during hot summer days, they should be fine.

Give ‘Em A Sip

Just like us, insects need to drink to stay alive. So make sure that there is adequate water for your helper bugs to drink in your garden. If you already have a sprinkler system in place, the puddles from that should be enough. Otherwise, you might want to leave a small bowl or saucer nearby for your new found friends to drink from. Just make sure not to leave any bowls of water out for an extended period of time without changing the water, or you will attract the wrong kind of insect friends-mosquitoes!

Mix ‘Em In

You can lure beneficial insects into your garden by planting their favorite plants in with your regular plants or veggies. These are called insectary plants, and there are quite a few of them! Some great choices are things like alyssum, sunflowers, lemon balm, and parsley, but there are many more as well. By planting these plants alongside your regular garden plants, your beneficial insect friends will …

 

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