Do you have a garden full of pesky pests and plants that just want to stay alive? Have you ever wondered what you are doing wrong? Well, if so then you need to read this article. It will provide you with some tips on how to get rid of garden pests the right way.
Most gardeners don’t realize that a major contributor to pest problems in and around their garden is the source of their coffee grounds. In fact, many people actually feed their garden pests with coffee grounds! Not only is this an unnecessary activity, it can also be deadly. So what exactly is wrong with feeding plants with coffee grounds?
Well, feeding plants with coffee grounds is actually against the rule. Although some have given it a sort of ‘go ahead’ because it is the law (no one likes the law, anyway), this is actually a very bad practice. In fact, feeding any type of plant with coffee grounds is extremely unwise. If you must, use soil that is uncontaminated, but not too unsanitary (this would be your choice if you grew in your garden in the country).
Soil that has not been properly tested for contamination by insects or bacteria can actually make your garden and its plants more vulnerable to attack by pests. Soil that has not been purified is particularly hazardous. It is important to test the soil for contaminants before planting any organic garden plants. The most popular way of doing this is by using a soil probe kit which can quickly test the quality of your soil.
You can also make your garden less attractive to pests by providing it with an environment that they cannot survive in. Many organic garden tricks involve eliminating as much natural predators as possible, or by physically removing them from the garden area. A good example of an animal predator that might be removed from your garden is mouse. Mice will eat anything – but they are particularly attracted to organic garden fertilizers and other compounds that they find attractive.
Some animals can actually be introduced into a garden without anyone noticing. Koi fish for instance can be moved into gardens and then left to breed, leading to many unwanted problems for the homeowner. However, certain types of birds, such as hummingbirds, will do their business in a garden that is filled with coffee grounds. This is due to their being a ‘feeder’ for these birds, who in turn deposit the coffee grounds on their nests, adding to the pest problem.
Another common pest that can come from coffee grounds is the so-called spider. These are small creatures that go around hopping on the plant leaves, feeding on the insides. The coffee grounds act as a substrate for their bodies. This then leads to them jumping on your plants and making themselves at home. It is very important not to remove the coffee grounds from your garden, but to clean them away afterwards.
You may also have heard of ants that love to live in gardens. Unfortunately, these are attracted to coffee grounds. They make their nests in the soil around your plants and wait for the unsuspecting coffee seeds to be released into their nest. Ants will also destroy your garden if you let them overpopulate. They need the moisture in order to survive, so drying out your soil will cause them to die off.
Snails are another garden pest that enjoy inhabiting moist and warm areas. They have a very keen sense of what is around them and can often find ways into your garden to get to your plants. As they are land animals, they can jump through things and are often able to move into small hiding places where humans cannot. The moisture from wet weather causes snails to have their shells dissolved, allowing them to move into different plants and environments. Keeping your garden clean will help reduce the number of snails and help you prevent them getting into your plants.
If you have garden pests, you should think about the possibility that they may have come from the ground up through your garden soil. A common way this happens is if you have poor drainage in your soil. You might pour water slowly down the sides of your garden or have poor irrigation systems in place. This water could be sitting in the ground and make its way into your plants before ever reaching them. When this happens, you have a lot of coffee grounds in your garden, which can attract lots of garden pests.
For this reason, it’s important to check the soil for drainage and irrigation systems to see if it is as easy to maintain as it should be. It can also help to add some organic matter to the soil, such as compost, since organic matter is very beneficial for the health of the soil and your plants. By covering your coffee grounds with a layer of compost, you prevent the coffee grounds from attracting undesirable guests. And once you do get to those unwanted guests, you can use them for recipes or just throw them away.