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Bugs That Actually Help Your Garden

Bugs That Actually Help Your Garden

Grounds Management Services in Annapolis, MDIf you’re an aspiring gardener or still polishing up your green thumb, you might see any bug that dares to enter your garden as an intruder to be eliminated.

As you become more familiar with the ins and outs of gardening, however, you’ll learn that some insects are actually quite beneficial for your plant life. These friendly bugs feed on pest insects that can damage and destroy different parts of your garden. Some people even introduce them into their garden purposefully as a means of targeted pest control!

Here are a few helpful insects you should greet with a smile if you spot them in your garden:

Ladybugs

Some people believe that ladybugs are good luck—and for the gardener that’s true! Adult ladybugs and their larvae feed on spider mites, mealybugs, fleas, insect eggs, and more. You can attract them to your garden by planting dill, fennel, common yarrow, and plant angelica, to name a few.

Soldier Beetles

The soldier beetle uses its large proboscis (an elongated, tube-like mouthpart) to suck out the life juices of pests including caterpillars, aphids, Colorado potato bugs, and cabbage worms. If you want these insects to protect your garden, try planting catnip, goldenrod, or hydrangeas.

Lacewings

These beautiful green insects prey on aphids, caterpillars, whiteflies, and other soft-bodied insects that threaten your garden. It is actually their larvae, laid on egg stalks underneath the leaves of plants, that do a majority of the feeding. Lacewings are attracted to coreopsis, cosmos, and golden marguerite.

Aphid Midge

Aphids are tiny common garden pests that suck the nutrients from leaves and flowers, leaving considerable damage in their wake. The aphid midge feeds on over 60 different species of these annoying insects, keeping their population under control and your garden in good shape. Aphid midges are attracted mostly to pollen plants.

If you find it difficult to distinguish friend from foe when it comes to the insects in your garden, leave it to the landscaping team at VistaPro Landscape & Design. Our grounds management professionals will take care of everything from mulching and weeding to seasonal cleanups and plant rotations to ensure your home exterior stays beautiful year-round.

Contact us today so we can help you transform and maintain your gorgeous landscape!

Reasons to Have a Garden Built by a Professional Landscaper

Reasons to Have a Garden Built by a Professional Landscaper

Gardens are typically beautiful, as long as they’re planned well and someone cares for them over time, right? What are some reasons to have your garden built by a professional landscaper, like someone from Vista Pro Landscape & Design? Idea Generators For starters, professional landscape designers are great at generating ideas about what a garden… Continue Reading

Preparing Your Soil for Spring Gardening

Preparing Your Soil for Spring Gardening

As the spring season swoops in and revitalizes the outdoors with new life, it is time to prepare your soil for spring gardening. Here are a few ways to get your soil ready for planting this season. Compost/manure Compost provides soil with a fresh infusion of nutrient-rich organic matter, improving its ability to absorb water… Continue Reading

Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Alternatives to Grass

Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Alternatives to Grass

If you love having a beautiful backyard, but aren’t a big fan of all of the upkeep that it takes to maintain the lawn, you might be interested in installing a low-maintenance alternative to grass instead. Whether you’re looking for drought-tolerant options or a set-it-and-forget it ground cover, there are plenty of plantings to consider.… Continue Reading

5 Veggies to Plant in Your Fall Garden

5 Veggies to Plant in Your Fall Garden

Summer growing season might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to call it quits in your vegetable garden just yet. If you’re still itching to spend some more time in the garden, August is the perfect time to plant a fresh round of fresh veggies to harvest in the fall.… Continue Reading

Keeping Japanese Beetles Out of Your Garden

Keeping Japanese Beetles Out of Your Garden

Japanese beetles were first found in North America in a New Jersey nursery in 1916. With no natural predators to regulate their populations, the insects soon began to devour plants in gardens up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Today, the Japanese beetle is still one of the most common and destructive invasive pest species in… Continue Reading