The rotting leaves, the brown stalks, the wilted flowers are all strange growths that resemble no natural part of any plant we have ever seen. They are all signs of garden pests – diseases, small rodents with insatiable appetites and harmful infestations of bugs and insects.
None of them are unusual headaches to encounter when you have a garden; and when you’ve got an edible garden, the annoyance factor only increases. After all, those pesky garden pests are not only feasting on your pretty plants now – they are chowing down on your stash of tasty goodies, and we all know that this means war.
Bugging Out on Garden Pests
If you have an edible garden, common garden pests include:
- Aphids are commonly found on the leaves, stems and roots of many vegetables and fruits.
- Asparagus beetles feast on the developing spears and ferny foliage of asparagus plants.
- Cabbage Worms and cabbage loopers both love the flowers and leaves of vegetables in the cabbage family.
- Codling moths are common garden pests often found on the fruits of fruit trees.
- Colorado potato beetles are known for feasting on the leaves of vegetables such as eggplant and potato.
- Corn earworms feed on corn leaves, kernels and silks.
- Corn rootworms can sometimes be found on the roots, silks or tassels of corn.
- Cucumber beetles love the leaves, roots and flowers of many vegetables in the cucumber family.
- Curculios are often found on the flowers and fruits of fruit trees such as apple, peach and plum.
- Flea beetles are common to many different vegetables and fruits.
- Grasshoppers love the leaves, stems and fruits of many fruits and vegetable plants.
- Japanese beetles are problematic for fruit trees such as apple, cherry and plum as well as vegetables such as beans.
- Mealybugs feed on the leaves and stems of many fruits.
- Pickleworms are commonly found on the leaves, stalks and fruit of plants in the cucumber family.
- Squash vine borers make short work of the stems of vegetables in the squash family.
- Sweet potato weevils feed on the roots, vines and leaves of sweet potato plants.
- Thrips are often found on the leaves and flowers of many fruits and vegetables.
- Tomato hornworms love the leaves and fruits of vegetables in the tomato family.
- Whiteflies are common threats found on the leaves, flowers and fruits of many fruit and vegetable plants.
Solutions for Pest-Free Landscaping
Fortunately, there are ways of ridding your garden of these pests, some of which are environmentally friendly and chemical-free. One option is horticultural oil, which is applied to the leaves of plants and works by depriving pesky insects and bugs of oxygen. Another great way of combating these annoying creatures is fighting fire with fire, or bug with bug, as the case may be. Once you have determined which type of pest is bugging your garden, seek out the specific type of beneficial insects that naturally prey on this insect and introduce them to your space. Of course, some situations have to be addressed with chemical-based pesticides, so always follow the directions so that your application process is safe and handled appropriately.
If the plants in your edible garden show signs that they are under attack by garden pests, it is best to seek out the expertise of a professional. We have years of experience in preventing and removing common pests in your garden and know when to use chemical pesticides as well as other methods of control such as the use of beneficial garden insects that are safe and natural.
Call us at 850.250.3756 to learn more about garden pests and the many landscaping services we offer today!