You worked hard to build your dream yard with hours of research and the help of a landscaper. The flowers are planted, some vegetables are growing in the ground and you have a patio where you can relax and observe nature. Unfortunately, that observing can include watching bugs and pests crawling and snacking on all your hard work.
Here are a few garden hacks that can help you control pests with easy-to-find items.
Banish Slugs with Copper Wire
Slugs might seem harmless as they slowly drag their slime trail across your yard. But slugs are the garbage disposals of the pest world and will eat virtually anything that involves leafy greens. This can include your grass, garden, plants – you name it.
But there's an easy and attractive way to fix your slug problem. Simply line the boundaries of your green spaces with copper wire. Make sure that the wire is actual copper, not just copper in color, and secure it to the ground with small stakes to keep it from blowing away. Slugs will no longer cross into the copper-lined area.
Why does this work? No one really knows for sure, but a good guess is that the copper creates some sort of negative reaction when it comes into the slug's body and/or slimy coating.
Swat Away Mosquitos with Plants
Mosquitos are more of a pest for the people in your yard than your plants. But if the people aren't outside due to bugs, what's the point of having a nice yard?
There are a variety of ways to ward off mosquitos. You can spray down guests with bug repellant or burn a citronella candle, which has a strong scent that might bother those with allergies. Or you can head to your local landscaper or greenhouse and purchase mosquito-repellant plants.
Catmint wards away mosquitos and can also be used on your cat, since it's also called catnip. You can also plant rosemary and basil as part of an herb garden. Or plant fragrant lavender for the use in homemade bath products. There are a wide range of mosquito-repellant plants, so do some research into what plants will best suit your needs and lifestyle.
Coffee Grounds in Soil
Spread used coffee grounds into the soil around your garden to keep slugs, ants and other common pests away from your growing food. The coffee has the added benefit of serving as a type of compost, which can improve the growing conditions for some fruits and vegetables.
You can also spread a thin line of used grounds on exterior windowsills where pets are sneaking into the house. Note that you do want to replace those grounds occasionally to keep the windowsill fresh-smelling.
For larger infestation issues, contact professional pest control, such as Coastal Pest Management.