A Less Harmful Approach..
If you are looking for a way to keep your garden relatively insect and weed free without using nasty chemicals, then perhaps consider using some essential oils in your garden. There are many different types of essential oils, all of which can play a big part in up keeping your garden and assisting to maintain it in an organic way.
There are so many benefits to using essential oils in your garden, the list is endless. From deterring insects and rodents to killing invasive weeds which can invade your garden, what more could you really ask for? Not only are essential oils great natural products but they are also easy to use as well. Simply mix a few drops of your choice of essential oil in a water filled spray bottle and you’re ready to go. Then spray to your hearts content in your garden, as the essential oils are all natural and not harmful at all.
There are many essential oils that are great natural insect repellents, such as peppermint, garlic, rosemary, and pine. Aside from smelling like Christmas, Peppermint Oil is a great spider, flea, ant, lice, and even rat repellent. It can also help to kill fungus in your garden as well. Not only can you use peppermint in your garden but you can also use it on your lawn if you have pets and find that fleas are an issue. If garden pests are a problem, simply apply a few drops of peppermint oil to some cotton balls and tuck them around the outer area of your garden/lawn to keep the insects and rodents at bay. These should last for a couple weeks. Peppermint oil can also be used topically as a spray to help combat pests.
If you find that snails and slugs are a particular pest in your garden, then it is recommended that you try pine oil. However, for the gardens with many insects, or for the more experienced and eager essential oils enthusiast, there is even a mix of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils which can be used as an organic pesticide. The concoction is know as Thieves, which many of the top essential oil companies produce. This mix works really well at deterring all of those unnecessary insects and pests.
Essential oils are not only useful for deterring unwanted visitors to your garden, but they are also good for attracting wanted visitors too. Some essential oils that you can use to attract pollinators to your garden are lavender, sage, fennel, orange blossom and catmint. All of these essential oils can be used in the same way in which you would make up a mixture of the repellent essential oils. Just a few drops in a bottle of water and you’re ready to spray.
If you haven’t yet tried using essential oils in your garden, then now is your chance to become pest free in an easy and organic way. Essential oils are so easy to use you will be asking yourself why you hadn’t tried them sooner. You have nothing to lose, except for all of the unwanted insects and pests that ravage your garden, and only pollinators to gain.
Check out “Essential Oil Garden Recipes“ to start mixing!
Author: Brennan Young
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