After working so hard to groom your beautiful garden you cannot leave it to the mercy of pests. People often use pesticide sprays to get rid of the garden pests. However, the use of pesticides is harmful to your health as well as the environment. Not to mention that most pesticides kill our beloved friends like honey bees.
Fortunately, there is a surprising alternative to pesticides: wildflowers. Wildflowers are not only beautiful but also act as natural pesticides by attracting beneficial insects. These insects kill destructive pests; it is like having pest killing army at your service. Getting rid of garden pests is that easy now.
In past five years, fifteen farms in England have tested the use of wildflowers to control pests and found that they are very effective in attracting all kinds of useful bugs, reported The Guardian. Work is going on to assess the effectiveness of this method for large farms. However, you do not need to wait for the results of these studies. Flowers like red clovers, wild carrots, oxeye daisies, and poppies act as natural pesticides. You can visit the National Wildlife Federation website and obtain a list of beautiful wildflower in your area. These wildflowers need less water and care. Plant them to the right place and get rid of garden pests.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that wildflowers are a natural way to enhance the health of your garden’s soil and increase its yield. Proceedings of the Royal Society B published in a previous study that wildflowers are effective in reducing pesticide use and counter the damage caused by insects.
Now, when you plan to plant your favorite flowers in your garden, or veggies in your back garden, plan places for wildflower beds as well. This will make your garden more beautiful while helping you get rid of garden pests without pesticides.