Garden Plants Perfect for Attracting Beneficial Insect Parasites and Predators
I thought it might be appropriate seeing that spring has arrived to advise on plants very much needed to create breeding and feeding sites for Nature's pest controls. Most probably the most effective way of restoring nature in your garden is to include as many small and bigger nectar flowering plants as possible. Beneficial insects should be viewed as mini livestock. They will be healthier, reproduce more readily, and be more effective biological controls when their habitat is provided with an adequate and easily available diet of nectar, pollen and herbivorous insects and mites. However this is not a magical cure for pest problems. It is simply an ecological approach to pest management that can be integrated with modern technology in controlling pests with commercially available, selected pesticides. There are many flowering varieties to choose from. Some of the plant varieties that are known for attracting beneficial insects include wild rocket, coreopsis, fennel, dill, tansy, mustard, shasta daisies, alyssum, candytuft, cosmos, garlic chives, Euryops yellow, marigold, coriander, golden rod, Queen Anne's lace, crimson clover, buckwheat, red heart poker, sunflower, chrysanthemum, various grass varieties, and roses. You will find that one of the best color flowers to have for attracting many species is yellow, or any color with a touch of yellow in it.
Include most of these plants in your garden (the wilder the better) and you will establish an amazing ecosystem within your garden, big or small. Quite often you need to tolerate an aphid infestation on your roses for awhile to be able to see the strong build up of ladybirds and many other beneficial insects. Have a close look on your flowers to see if you can spot beautiful flower crab spiders, look inside permanent plantings like conifers, Acacia spp and other trees and shrubs. You will find a huge number of wonderful creatures including praying mantids, larva and adult ladybirds, parasitic and predatory wasps, flower spiders, assassin bugs, tachinid flies, hover flies, bee flies, lacewings, and on the garden floor, ground beetles.
Snail and Slug Control in Harmony with Nature / The Living World Within Roses / Inaugural IPM-endorsed training courses will commence this month. / Garden Plants Perfect for Attracting Beneficial Insect Parasites and Predators / The Living World of Conifers / Winter Garden Care: To Spray or Not to Spray? / Spiders and Pesticides / Cold Blooded Wildlife: The Gift of Nature / Predatory Ladybirds: Nature's Solution to Aphid Control
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