Landscaping for Pest Defense

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Blue skies and warm weather brings in the spirit of improving your yard.  While you head out there to make it look even better, did you know that certain landscaping tasks can keep pests away?  So, while you still have those gardening gloves on, keep these jobs in the back of your head for comprehensive pest defense in the midst of spring!

You head outside with the intentions of pulling weeds, but what about keeping your bushes and trees in check?  This type of vegetation that is close to your home serves as a natural bridge for pests, such as ants, as they can simply walk across it, right into your home.  Try to trim your bushes regularly and keep branches away from your home—especially dead ones, which are also known as a termite’s dream.

Mulching is something many gardeners do to help their plants, but one downside of this practice is that it can actually help out pests as well.  The mulch provides a covering for pests to take advantage of, and regular watering ensures that they stay hydrated.  To make matters even worse, some pests may feed on the mulch directly, leading to less mulch for you and more pests for you to deal with.  Organic mulch can attract pests from ants to rodents, but a pencil cedar mulch will actually keep pests at bay.  Take this into consideration the next time you go out to buy mulch.

Birdbaths are a wonderful addition, but they can double as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  You may come to find out that they get more use out of it than the birds do, defeating the purpose of why you put it up.  However, a regular purge of the water will keep the mosquitoes away, so long as you change it out every week.  This will not give the pests that much time to breed, leaving the wonderful oasis readily available to your feathery friends.

Landscaping is a hobby for many, but it can be an effective mode of pest prevention when done the right way.  So, the next time you head out there to tidy up the yard, keep these few things in mind—you may just find out that the few extra minutes it takes is well worth the peace of mind offered.

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