When it comes to protecting your garden from insects that are out to eat your flowers or crops, the best defense you can have is good beneficial insects. Beneficial insects will eat the pests that bother your garden helping to protect your hard work. I suggest these insects to welcome to your garden this year to help keep it healthy.
5 insects to welcome to your garden
Bees are the most commonly known beneficial insect. Bees are endangered and need wonderful gardens to help them survive. While getting what they need they will pollinate your garden helping improve its growth. Invite bees to your garden by planting wildflowers nearby or flowers that bees love directly in your flower garden.
Butterflies are such a beautiful insect but they are also a great pollinator perfect for helping your garden grow. Inviting butterflies into your garden can be as simple as planting flowers they love. In the fall opt to rake leaves into a central area instead of bagging them up to raise your chances of butterflies the next spring.
Praying mantis is a great insect to invite to your garden that will help eat aphids and other small pests that can quickly destroy your garden. You can purchase mantis eggs sacks online to place in your garden.
Ladybugs are one of the most commonly known pest destroying insects. These little beetles are often seen as good luck and will help keep your garden free of aphids. These can be purchased online to place in your garden.
Lacewings a lesser-known pest destroying insect-like ladybugs are great for protecting your garden. the larval of lacewings will eat the eggs of aphids helping to wipe out an infestation. Lacewings can be purchased online to place in your garden.
To invite ladybugs and lacewings into your garden consider placing a bug house in your garden to attract them. A bug house will encourage these insects to stick around longer to protect your garden.
Now is really the time to start a garden and grow some of your own food. We have some great resources on gardening, including 5 Tips to Grow Watermelon, Learning What Kind of Flowers Attract Bees and Best Host Plants for Butterflies in Your Garden, among many others in our gardening category.