Once you have a garden and grow all the plants you want, the problems don’t lie only in maintaining them like watering them, pruning, or adding fertilizer. One of the most complex problems to handle is those unwelcome visitors like parasites and even plant-eating animals. You can water your plant the right amount they need; you can learn how to prune them in one night. However, you can never control when unwelcome visitors attack them.
With that in mind, this article will outline those plant killer problems and how to handle them. So you might want to read and understand step by step the process of eliminating those unwelcome visitors. But just a heads up, it’s a bad idea to kill or poison those plant-eating animals. To help you with that, here are the lists of plant killers and how to handle them.
The root-knot nematodes or RKN are round or elongated worm-like parasites that kill your plant if not treated right away. You will know that your plants are attacked by root knot nematodes when they become yellowish and have decayed roots. Not only that, but other signs that RKN attacks your plants is that they are stunted and unthrifty. Meaning they are smaller than their usual size and unhealthy.
To treat and control RKN is not that easy because eliminating RKN also means killing your plants. Fortunately, many methods prevent them from flourishing in your garden, such as practicing crop rotation. This means that once you’ve done your harvest, you will need to remove all the roots of the harvested plant. In this way, parasites will be less likely to live in your garden because the roots are usually their favorite place to lay their eggs and multiply.
You may be familiar with cutworms since they are very common problems in the garden. But to enlighten you more, they are called cutworms because they cut the foliage and buds of young plants. You will know that it’s a cutworm when they have this hairy feature, and colors include brown or green. But the best way to know that it’s a cutworm is when you disturbed them, they form like a letter C.
To handle this plant killer, a physical removal at night is the best practice. However, when problems with cutworms are severe, it’s a good idea to apply some pesticides. Pesticides like Diatomaceous Earth are recommended for this problem; they are a powder which when cutworms make contact with them, they become dehydrated and die. But put this pesticide on the ground and not on the leaves because pollinators are also susceptible to this.
The gall mites are no stranger to us. They are called “gall” because of how they affect the growth of your plants. You will know that your plants are attacked by these mites when the buds are larger than usual, and the foliage looks burnt. Not only that, but the best way to identify that gall mites attack them is the abnormal growth on their leaves.
With that in mind, one of the best ways to solve this problem is to prune and deadhead those affected leaves or any affected parts of your plants. Carefully prune them that other healthy leaves won’t be affected. After you prune them, dispose of the leaves properly as they may still spread again if not properly disposed of. Once you follow this simple step, your plant may grow and bloom again the way you’ve always wanted to.
Deers are one of the notorious and unwelcome visitors in your garden, and usually, they attack at night when everything is so calm and silent. However, it would be a bad idea to kill them or poison them. Fortunately, most gardeners today innovate ideas that are not harmful to them, such as building a fence or using scare tactics.
Building a fence that deers won’t be able to jump on would be a good idea. Upon building a fence, you may also want to consider creating just one entrance and exit facing your home so that you would notice the in and out in your garden. Lastly, it’s also a good idea to devise a trap like putting a rope near the entrance, from corner to corner, with a bell which when deers are just outside your garden, and they hit the trap, they’ll be scared and run away.
Rabbits are well-known plant killers across the US. Just so you know, these are not rabbit pets but those wild ones. They may look delicate, but they can really do significant damage to your plants. They eat almost everything that is in your garden, especially this summer, from leaves up to roots; there is just no stopping them.
In the light-matter with the help of technologies, they have developed rabbit repellent chemicals that would not kill the rabbits, but instead, they would refuse to eat your plants because of the unwanted smell. On the other hand, your plants will not be affected by these chemicals. But it would still be best to ask the store if it has effects on plants and it won’t kill the rabbits just to make sure.
There are a lot of parasites, bugs, and animals that can kill your plants. However, those mentioned above are the most common examples globally. If you’re having trouble with these unwelcome visitors, you can always refer to this article on how to handle them. Just keep in mind that if things are uncontrollable, never hesitate to ask for help from pest control services.