Gardens naturally attract more animals, but how do you differentiate between those who are great for your plants and those who are just pests? Here’s a quick and simple guide.
There are two types of garden animals that can help your garden thrive: pollinators and predators. Attracting pollinators is good for your garden, as they encourage biodiversity and help your plants produce fruits or nuts. Pollinating animals include bees, flies, beetles, butterflies, wasps, mosquitoes, ants and moths.
On the other hand, predators can eat and eliminate pests. Garden predators such as praying mantis, ladybugs, lacewings and minute pirate bugs will consume pests like aphids, mites, mealybugs, grasshoppers and leaf hoppers.
Some animals, such as birds and bats, are both pollinators and predators.
You can attract these useful animals by having certain plants in your garden, such as coriander, dill, daisy, mint, rosemary and more – or simply by ordering predatory insects online.
By keeping these beneficial garden animals, you can opt out of using pesticides and other chemical products in your garden; however, keep in mind that they take longer in making an impact to your plants’ wellbeing.