The world science & technology in horticulture is constantly evolving and is now
steering us back onto a natural and organic path.
The growing awareness of the risks associated with many older style insecticides
we once used has created an increasing desire to get as close to organic or
natural gardening as possible.
The first step to achieving a healthy garden is to encourage strong and healthy
plant growth. Healthy soil holds moisture and nutrients and is full of oxygen
and natural microbes. You will have stronger plants, which are not as attractive
to bugs and can outgrow the damage they create.
However you will always end up with some unwanted pests in your garden. Taking a
new approach can help keep rid of these annoying pests. Minimal spraying creates
more of a natural balance in the garden so populations of beneficial insects can
develop. Some insects like lacewings and lady beetles can actually eat the bad
Confidor is also a great way to control pests. It’s a systematic way and you’ll
only need eight drops per litre of water. The low toxic solution is absorbed
through the leaves and travels into the sap system of the plant so that when any
nasty insects take a bite, the Confidor kills them.
Natrasoap is also a great way to smother and dehydrate garden pests. It’s made
of potassium salts combined with fatty acids in a vegetable base and will help
with eliminating garden pests in no time. Mavrik will kill many types of chewing
and sucking insects on contact as well. It works by sitting underneath the
surface of the leaf and lasts for up to three weeks and won’t wash off in the
Another pest you need to get rid of is the fruit fly. The best way to get rid of
these annoying pests is to make a clever trap that is completely chemical free.
You need a two litre plastic bottle with a small flap cut in the side makes the
tarp. Then to lure them inside dissolve a teaspoon of vegemite in hot water and
add some fruit juice. The female fruit flies love this potion because they think
it’s ripe fruit where they can lay their eggs. You’ll need five or six of these
natural traps for a large fruit tree.
There are so many alternatives to the old fashioned chemicals people used to use
in the garden. Make the switch to these low toxic products and you can do your
bit to create a healthier more natural garden.
Yates products are available at leading nurseries and hardware stores.