Most of today’s environmentally conscious gardeners and commercial famers utilize a method known as “companion planting” instead of widely using chemical pesticides to keep detrimental insects away. Companion planting can help in increasing yield by encouraging pollination and deterring pests. Anyone, even you, can use the idea behind companion planting in controlling garden pests that are troubling you and your family.
If you like to grow flowering plants, you have the option of planting those that can also double as pest repellents. But first, you have to identify your problem pest and then determine which type of plant possesses the characteristics to deter it, and, yes, there are apps that can help you out. Here are a few examples.
Grow Your Own (Free)
This app is from the Royal Horticultural Society and it is a great resource for new and seasoned gardeners. Grow Your Own helps you choose which plant or vegetable to get that suits your climate, and it also provides in-depth instructions on sowing, caring and harvesting. This is a wonderful tool to have if you plan on using herbs and other veggies, such as garlic, onion, and pepper, to drive back upsetting pests, including rodents and rabbits. Another great feature of this app is that it alerts you when there is a possibility of frost or drought so that you can take the proper measures to protect your plants.
It may be slightly pricey, especially to some who prefer free apps, but FlowerPedia is a nifty app that can help you in plant identification. Use the information it provides to find flowers that you can use for pest control. It also gives you details on the geographic location of certain ornamental plants. So, let’s say that you’re in Cincinnati, Chicago or Detroit. According to Rove Pest Control Reviews, these are the top three cities that are infested by bedbugs, and, by using FlowerPedia, you can use the app to find or identify the bugbane or black cohosh. This perennial produces a flower that is repellent to bedbugs.
Audubon Wildflowers ($4.99)
If you are located in North America, then you should have this app which can help you in identifying a huge variety of plants, including beneficial weeds that repel insects, like sagebrush (Artemisia) that wards off mosquitoes. Using the Audubon mobile field guide, you can read about different plant species, see brilliant photos, as well as check out maps that provide details regarding a plant’s geographic distribution. Its user-friendly interface also makes it easy for you to share tips or plant sightings through social media.
Garden Plan Pro ($9.99)
Yes, it may be an expensive app, but some say that Garden Plan Pro is worth every penny. Not only does it offer an extensive plant database, but it also provides so much information about gardening. Use the app to choose crops or flowering plants and organize your garden plot. It’s a great help to beginning gardeners because it offers comprehensive information on how to grow plants. Plus, it also provides tips on crop rotation and succession planting, wherein the available garden space is efficiently optimized. The app can easily determine which types of flowers or crops will grow best in your area, and it will give tips about when to start planting and when to harvest. So, use this to start growing beautiful chrysanthemums, marigolds, nasturtiums or dahlias that help in repelling a variety of pesky bugs, like roaches, fleas, mosquitoes, and bedbugs, to name a few.
Claire Brent is a full-time freelancer who is also a keen gardener. She often blogs about natural pest control methods because she wants readers to learn more about their options.
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