As the weather becomes cooler, you will notice that the annoying bugs that have been plaguing you all summer are gradually disappearing. Don’t fall for that. A lot of those bugs are still buzzing about your garden. They have either settled in for the winter or placed their eggs in your gorgeous dark, rich topsoil.
That’s why it’s best to get rid of garden pests in the fall. If you take some easy measures during this season, you can significantly lessen the severity of your pest problem. Your bug struggles will be much less next year.
If you want to rid your garden of pests, take action and follow these steps.
When you’re done harvesting, clean up the remains of the plants and pull any weeds you see to deter bugs that like to hide in the garden. The trash shouldn’t go in the garbage can or compost bin. You’ll probably just be reintroducing unwanted bugs to your garden because your compost doesn’t get hot enough to destroy them.
To think about weeding at the end of the season is, I get it, a drag. Even more so if you, like me, let the weeds of late summer get out of control.
Remember that every weed harbors an insect that will spend the winter there. Remove the weed and you take away their habitat.
Pupae of cabbage worms spend the winter dormant in the soil near the bases of plants and amongst fallen leaves in your garden. They overwinter as caterpillars, emerging as butterflies in the spring to lay eggs and eat your tender plants.
The cabbage worm is a springtime pest that dines on cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. They’re destructive, as they eat everything the plants have to offer.
You can prevent cabbage moths from establishing a breeding ground by clearing the garden of weeds and plant debris.