Ask Jay: Outsmarting Pests in the Garden

Published 06/19 2014 08:41AM

Updated 06/20 2014 12:05PM

Pests are an unfortunate reality for both gardeners and home owners alike. Luckily, there are a number of ways that you can prevent and control the pest population in your home and yard.

With your garden, instead of planting one row of the same plant, mix it up. For example, plant your onions next to your broccoli. You can even add an ornamental plant to the row. The visual contrast, as well as the different scents can confuse and deter certain pests.

Another technique is planting marigolds. They can actually lessen the damage caused by pests like grubs.

At the end of every season, make sure to clear your garden of any debris, such as dead leaves and plants. By doing this, you are preventing any insect larvae from overwintering in your garden.

Of course, you can also visit your local Farmers Co-op and check on the assortment of pesticides, fertilizers and mulches to help you keep your garden health, happy and bountiful.

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