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Natural Ways to Keep Bugs off of Your Prize Vegetables

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If there’s one thing that has fast become the bane of all practicing gardeners, particularly for those with their own allotments or vegetable patches – it’s bugs. As vital as they are to our natural ecosystems, they are anything but appreciated when it comes to growing fruit, vegetables and other plant life. We’ve all heard the stories relating to harmful pesticides and not only do these chemicals kill insects – they also pose a risk to the environment, to our pets and even fully grown adults. read more...

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If there’s one thing that has fast become the bane of all practicing gardeners, particularly for those with their own allotments or vegetable patches – it’s bugs. As vital as they are to our natural ecosystems, they are anything but appreciated when it comes to growing fruit, vegetables and other plant life. We’ve all heard the stories relating to harmful pesticides and not only do these chemicals kill insects – they also pose a risk to the environment, to our pets and even fully grown adults.

As your leading topsoil and gravel suppliers in North West Manchester and the surrounding areas, we understand the importance of keeping your plant life free from these harmful chemicals. Here’s a look at some of the most effective natural treatments, to deter bugs hoping to make a hearty meal out of your saplings.

Infusing your topsoil

It’s a little known fact, but did you know that you can further enhance the health promoting properties of your soil with a few key ingredients? Our garden topsoil in Manchester is already subjected to a host of checks to ensure that each pack is as healthy as possible, but once laid you could go a step further to promote health and keep pesky critters at bay.

It’s no secret that creepy crawlies don’t like potent scents. Apple cider vinegar just so happens to be one of the most potent; not to mention its incredibly health-enhancing benefits for all forms of organic life. Once your soil has been properly laid, why not pour a few tablespoons of cider vinegar into a spray canister, top it up with water and then douse the soil and any present leaves with the formula.

Your only obstacle will be the rain and if a heavy downpour has occurred, then you’ll want to top up your spray zone soon after. Ants, spiders, caterpillars and even grasshoppers will avoid the scent like the plague – but if you notice that the pests are becoming a little braver than anticipated, simply add more apple cider vinegar to your formula. It will serve two purposes – the first will be to deter bugs and the second is to provide a greater influx of vitamins to roots via the soil.

Install nets and screens

It’s never a good idea to restrict the amount of sunlight that your plants and seeds are able to take advantage of for growth; but that doesn’t rule out adding nets and thins screens over the top of your plant patches. To do so, first place a few sticks at the same height within the patch, and then lay the netting over the top. This will help to keep the net from touching your vegetation, whilst restricting the access of larger bugs hoping to enjoy a few leaves before flying away.

As long as your screens and nets are transparent and don’t restrict airflow, you can rest assured that your garden space will benefit from the sun and warm air this spring; whilst keeping pests and critters at bay. Thinner nets will also help to keep smaller bugs away, although you’ll want to ensure that they are fastened properly all around the edges.

Sprinkle gravel or slate over soil

Insects are able to walk across compost and soil with ease. We offer a range of gardening supplies in Manchester and the surrounding areas – many of which relate to ground resources. Our gravel and slate products in particular are great for two reasons; the first is that they look fantastic once applied over a patch of garden, and the second is that they act as a natural deterrent to bugs and other unwanted critters.

Just a few thin layers of gravel over your soil will make it difficult for bugs to walk over the surface; especially if you keep the gravel well-watered. Alternatively, spraying natural oils (such as sunflower or olive oil) over the surface of your gravel will act as a secondary barrier against insects trying to make their way to your plants. Be sure to keep your sprays thin however, as too much oil can restrict airflow and can form large clumps when allowed to settle. Just a quick spray around the most accessible areas is more than sufficient.

These are just a few techniques and there’s no reason why you couldn’t combine them for the best results. If you’re looking for garden gravel suppliers in Lancashire and the surrounding areas, check out our online store today.

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