It is no secret that ladybugs are a gardeners very best friend. Ladybugs are nature's way of controlling pests, as they love to dine on aphids and other bugs that would love to eat your plants. Attracting ladybugs to your yard is an excellent idea, because it offers natural and free pest control that can't be beat! To learn more about how to attract ladybugs to your garden, take a peek below at some helpful tips.
How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden
1. Include their favorite plants in your landscaping
Ladybugs love fennel, dill, and cilantro. Add these herbs into your flower beds and landscaping to attract ladybugs to come visit. Ladybugs also like plants that over a large flower, as they love to hide in the crevices or relax under the shade.
2. Keep flower beds damp
Keep your soil and plants as moist as possible without over watering. Ladybugs like to be hydrated and fresh, cool water will always be attractive to them. You can also provide feeding stations. Take a lid and add some water to it. Place it in your flower bed, using a rock to hold it in place. Ladybugs will love climbing in and out to take a sip.
3. Don't use chemicals
Using chemicals in any form can keep ladybugs at bay. Avoid using chemical pest repellants or fertilizers as they can kill any ladybugs that are present as well as repel any new ones from wanting to settle in. Use only natural remedies instead as they provide a more habitable environment for the ladybugs.
4. Don't be quick to kill aphids
If you find any aphids or their eggs, don't be quick to kill them. You want to give ladybugs time to find them and consider your yard a good feeding ground for them. Just leave the pests be for the time being and chances are a ladybug will find them.
5. Don't forget the ground cover
Plant low lying ground cover wherever you can. This not only attract ladybugs, but praying mantis and birds as well. They love a cool place to hide.
It may take a little time for your ladybugs to appear, but once the word gets out, your yard will be a hot spot for them. In no time you will have less aphids and other plant eating pests, and the best news is you did it all without chemicals. If you want to get a jump start, you can order live ladybugs ad release them in your yard. Give these tips a try for attracting ladybugs to your garden and see what results you can achieve.
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