Get the Bug!

Earnshaws Get The Bug Blog Post

Most keen gardeners know that there are good bugs and bad bugs! The question is – how do you attract the good bugs and chase away the bad ones?

Green flies and aphids are well known and unwelcome airborne invaders, whilst slugs, snails and caterpillars are a ground force with destructive intent. Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to limit the impact of these pests.

Attracting natural predators is easier than you might think. Ladybirds and lacewings will eat aphids, so planting borders of sunflowers, marigolds and candytuft that attract these predators is a good defensive strategy.

For the ground-based and more substantial crawling enemies, birds are your greatest ally. Birds eat bugs like snails and slugs, so adding bird feeders and nesting boxes is a helpful and natural way of limiting the damage to your pride and joy!

All our centres feature a bird care range, so why not pop in and use nature to protect your garden, and also begin to prepare to help our flying friends through the winter?

Posted by Earnshaws on 16-Aug-2017