Are you annoyed with finding pests in your gardens? Use some natural remedies to counter it.

Pests thrive in our backyard gardens without even us realizing it. If you take a good close look at the flowerbed, you will accidentally notice some creepy crawlies feasting away on some juicy cherries in your garden. Wondering how you can get rid of these uninvited guests?
Harsh chemicals and dangerous pesticides not only harm the crop but are also detrimental to our health. Thus, let us find some alternative remedies to keep those bugs & insects away.

Use Natural Insecticides
There are some natural ingredients present in your kitchens that do the job of shooing away pests without polluting the environment or causing any harm to our health. These handy kitchen formulae are chemical-free and easy to source from a local grocery store. So, let’s learn more about them. Neem Oil
This is a great solution to keep fungi & insects at bay. The seeds of the neem plant are crushed and the oil that is extracted from it is as precious as gold! Spray the neem oil all over the infected plant in the mornings and late evenings when the pests are at rest, instead of targeting them in the afternoon sun when they are most active. Neem oil being non-toxic doesn’t harm birds and animals who come to visit the garden, therefore proving to be absolutely safe. Neem’s most powerful property is its bitter taste and strong odor, which works best in this scenario. You can make a solution of neem oil, water & soap, and store it in a bottle so that you don’t have to take extra effort to prepare the mixture every time you want to spray some on the plants. Continue using the solution in your gardens once per week, even though the bugs may have left, to prevent new ones from infecting your plants again.
Garlic Insecticide Spray  
Another important natural remedy is garlic! Garlic is a great ingredient for our lunch & dinner meals as it adds taste to the food. However, its strong odor may not be such a pleasant gift to pests in our gardens. It's really simple to prepare the garlic spray and keep it handy on your counter shelf. Simply take 2 big garlic cloves and crush them in the mixer, thereby forming a powder. To this, add little water and let it rest for about 12 hours. Add vegetable oil of about 1 teaspoon and liquid soap to make a foamy solution. Empty this in a spray bottle and you’re good to go!
Eucalyptus Oil
Besides being great for clearing a stuffy nose and relieving body pain, Eucalyptus Oil is an excellent natural mosquito repellent and has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mix the oil with water and detergent and spray it on the plant. The strong smell repels insects and even kills bacteria & fungi without adversely affecting other four-legged animals or the gardener himself.
Tomato Leaf Repellent
Tomato as a pesticide? Is that for real! Well, tomato leaves contain something called as solanine and tomatine, which are difficult names to pronounce but are great for destroying the ill-effects of aphids and other such insects. To make the liquid, simply take a few tomato leaves and chop them up nicely. Add some water and let the soaked leaves rest overnight. Strain the leaves from the water and use only the liquid as a pesticide. Caution, these leaves are not to be consumed by humans, as they may cause poisoning!

So, let’s make a conscious effort to switch from synthetic pesticides to organic for optimal & safe flourishing of your gardens. This is definitely a sustainable option and is here to stay. Feel free to contact us and speak to our expert gardeners and landscapists for interesting tips on garden maintenance services in Dubai.  



Olivia Rhye
Product Designer, Homezen

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