Organic pest control is more than just spraying organic herbicides on your weeds and organic garden pesticide/herbicide concoctions on your plants.
Organic garden pest control is about creating conditions in your garden so weeds and pests don’t cause a problem in the first place.
This strategy is more scientific, thorough and successful than the homemade organic pest control products you will find online and in books.
It’s an important topic, which is why one of the 3 main focuses of this site is “how to control insects, diseases and weeds forever without any chemicals.”
And yet, I don’t spend all that much time talking specifically about organic garden pest control because it gets taken care of when you learn how to properly care for your soil, fertilize, water, etc. – when you learn to create a healthy ecosystem in your organic garden.
But I occasionally write about it specifically, and here are my articles on organic gardening pest control…
Rabbits love tender new veggie seedlings and can cause no end of aggravation for a home food gardener.
And once they have a reliable food source with shelter nearby, rabbits will start breeding like… rabbits!
There are a number of techniques for keeping rabbits out of the garden, some more effective than others.
As much as we all might love the sight of a little Bambi in our yards, deer can pose a serious challenge for urban gardeners.
Starting with the most effective techniques, I’m going to give you a variety of ideas for keeping deer out of the garden.
Ideally, you will probably want to adopt a combination of these strategies.
Not all snails and slugs are pests, so if they’re not eating your plants, you don’t need to get rid of them in your organic garden.
Slugs and snails are closely related.
The main difference is that snails have a shell, while slugs don’t.
Most molluscs live in the water, but slugs and snails are the two that can live on land as well.
So, you want to know how to get rid of moles and voles (and gophers)?
First of all, moles are great!
They plow the soil and eat insects such as grubs.
Of course, they do leave behind some tunnels.
And while they don’t eat your plants, they can disturb them.
About 1 out of 2.5 people in North America will get cancer at some point in their lives.
I notice an interesting parallel between how we treat cancer and how we treat pests in our gardens.
The main ways our medical system tries to get rid of cancer are to cut it out (surgery), burn it out (radiation) and poison it out (chemotherapy).
I’m not here to discuss the merit of these practices, but I think most of my readers would agree that there are at least some additional strategies that would be nice to consider if we’re interested in taking more of a holistic approach.
Certainly the cut/burn/poison methods don’t do anything to address the root cause of disease, nor do they leave our bodies in a healthier state, so it’s pretty clear that also incorporating some methods of improving our health could play a tremendous role in treating many types of disease.
For many of us, organic weed control means many hours crouched in the garden pulling weeds.
And after a while, it’s easy for an organic gardener to begin to think of the buttercups or bindweed as the enemy.
So I’ll give some tips on how to kill weeds naturally in this article.
But at the same time, many of us may have an inkling that weeds aren’t simply the enemy, that it’s more complicated than that.
Update: I now recommend neem oil instead of horticultural oil.
As I’ve discussed in other posts, the best organic garden pest control method is a healthy ecosystem.
This means creating the right conditions for thriving, healthy plants by doing things like caring for the soil, watering properly, and having the right plant in the right place.
Yes, weeds can be a bummer, but many gardeners don’t know there are a lot more benefits of weeds than downsides.
Besides, they’re easily controlled in the garden with mulch.
The lawn is definitely trickier. I had one client who’s front lawn had more weeds than grass.