Maximizing Your Fall Garden with Beneficial Insects
Fall is a great time in the garden, pest pressures tend to be reduced as temperatures cool down, but there still can be some concern about unwanted pests damaging your plants. Many people wonder if they can still release beneficial insects this time of year or if it is too cold for them. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are still seeing pests or pest damage, then you can keep releasing beneficial bugs too! If it's not too cold for the bad insects then it's not too cold for the good insects either!
1. Lacewings: These insects feed on aphids, mites, and other soft-bodied pests, making them excellent Fall garden protectors.
2. Ladybugs: Ladybugs are voracious eaters of aphids, scale insects, and other common garden pests. They can make a significant impact on pest populations.
3. Trichogramma Wasps: These tiny parasitic wasps are champions at controlling pest populations, particularly caterpillars and moths. They can even be used indoors for closets and pantries!
4. Beneficial Nematodes: These microscopic worms live in the soil and feed on over 200 types of pests. They actively seek out their prey, enter its body, and release bacteria that ultimately lead to the pest's demise. It's a natural and effective way to protect your plants from below the surface.
As you enjoy the crisp air and changing leaves of Fall, don't forget to protect your garden! By harnessing the power of beneficial insects like Lacewings, Ladybugs, Trichogramma, and Beneficial Nematodes, you can maximize your harvests of cool weather crops and create a healthy foundation for a thriving garden next spring.
Happy gardening! #OneLessPesticide