May 26, 2018

Vining Stone Loves Bugs! (Some of them, anyway)

Did you know that not all bugs are bad for your garden? It’s true.  In fact, in order to grow a successful garden that is not overrun by plant-destroying bugs, beneficial insects are needed.  And if you are having a problem in your garden because of insects that are damaging your plants, veggies, or herbs – you can actually purchase some of these beneficial insects from different mail order catalogs or some nurseries.

So which bugs should I love?

A great insect to have occupying your garden is the lady bug. Perhaps one of the prettiest bugs you will ever see, the lady bug works hard to rid your garden of unwanted pests.  Actually a type of beetle, the lady bug adult can eat up to 100 aphids a day, while larvae can eat up to 100 aphids an hour!  Aphids, also known as the silent killer, are tiny herbivorous pests that can wipe out a garden by essentially sucking the sap out of your vegetation.  So having an insect like the lady bug help keep these aphids at bay will work out in your favor.  Lady bugs will also chow down on garden mites, other small insects, and the eggs of other unwanted pests.

Another wonderful insect that you want to reside in your garden is the dragonfly.  In Japan, dragonflies are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially haiku.  Dragonflies are not only pretty to look at, but they also work to keep destructive and annoying pests out of your garden, such as mosquitoes, aphids, flies, and ants.

This next beneficial insect is not quite as pleasing to look at as the lady bug and dragonfly: the ground beetle.  They grow up to an inch long and are usually black or brown with long, skinny legs.  You won’t see ground beetles too often during the day as they are nocturnal insects.  During the day you may find them hiding under rocks or leaves.  Even though ground beetles are a little on the creepy side, they are still great for eating snails, slugs, root maggots, cutworms, and other pesky insects.

We know how frustrating it can be to spend large quantities of time working hard in the garden, only to have destructive pests come along wreaking havoc.  So if you are trying to find a way to patrol unwanted pests in your garden without having to use pesticides, consider purchasing or attracting these beneficial insects.  For once, let someone (or something) else do the work in your garden.  And don’t forget about our line of mulches (inorganic and organic mulch) and our organic compost ready to be used in your garden.

For more information, give Vining Stone a call at 770-252-6336 or visit us on the web:  You can also join our online community on Facebook for valuable landscaping and garden tips, articles, and ideas.





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