SUMMER sunshine can help your plants thrive but the hot weather can also attract bugs to your garden.
Experts recommend planting ‘sacrificial plants’ in your garden to protect it against a bug infestation.
The experts at Garden Buildings Direct are encouraging gardening enthusiasts to plant natural pest deterrents instead of using pesticides.
“The traditional method for getting rid of destructive bugs would be to use pesticides which could potentially bring toxins into your garden,” explained an expert.
“We prefer to use deterrent plants instead, adding a source of food for the insects whilst keeping them away from your most beloved flowers.”
They continued: “The plants you hope to protect will determine how far away you need to plant the decoy sacrificial plants.”
NETTLES AND NASTURTIUMS
These plants are effective at attracting sap-sucking insects which feed on the nutrients in plants.
While nettles are easily tended to, nasturtiums will need to be pruned over time as they are a spreading plant that drops seeds all over the area they inhabit.
If your garden has become a feeding ground for slugs, the experts at Garden Buildings Direct have a simple solution: chevril.
This herb will attract slugs and distract them from feasting on your favorite flowers.
These bright flowers can be used to repel insects such as stink bugs from your vegetable patch.
By planting your sunflower seeds at least 70 days ahead of your vegetables you can rid your garden of bugs.
Once sunflowers have fully matured, they will deter bugs no matter how far they are planted from your other plants.
While we may love the smell of lavender, the strong scent is known to deter many bugs.
Not only does this plant keep biting bugs at bay, it also attracts nectar-feeding bees and butterflies to your garden.
These flowers are an effective deterrent for flying insects which eat the root of crops such as cucumbers and tomatoes.
Experts recommend planting marigolds ahead of your vegetables to ensure the crops are not disturbed.