Importance of Organic Gardening and Avoidance of Chemical Pesticides

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Garden plants do not just attract butterflies and bees but harmful insects too. They can cause a serious damage to the garden which is why pest infestation requires immediate action. However, it is crucial to avoid chemical pesticides because they do not just destroy the harmful insects but the beneficial ones too. Watching the aphids for instance destroying a beautiful rose can be heartbreaking but in some cases, it is better to sacrifice a plant than to use those toxic chemicals that cause more damage than good. They do not only kill the beneficial insects and in some cases even smaller mammals such as hedgehogs but also create an imbalance between the creatures that live and visit the gardens. In addition, they weaken the plant immune system making the garden more vulnerable to pests and diseases which often leads to a vicious circle and even heavier use of pesticides.

There is a way to avoid the use of chemical pesticides without sacrificing the infested plants – organic gardening. Gardeners who manage their gardens in complete harmony with the nature use different all natural and environmentally friendly methods to protect their plants from pests but most of them also take advantage of local wildlife. As already mentioned earlier, all insects do not harm the garden plants. In the contrary, many of them such as ladybugs and lacewings for instance feed on aphids and other plant-sucking pests which makes them very useful as natural pest control. They will not eat all the aphids, however, they will keep them in “safe“ amounts. It is important to be aware that there has to be little bit of everything including aphids because the beneficial insects will not stay in the garden if they do not have anything to eat.

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It takes some time to establish a balance between the garden inhabitants so that neither of them can prevail and cause damage to the plants but it is worth the effort. Each pesticide-free year will attract more and more wildlife including bats, frogs and hedgehogs which will “take care of“ other garden pests such as snails. Once a balance is created, the risk of pest infestation is virtually eliminated and with it the need for chemical pesticides. Animal species that help control pests come on their own to a pesticide-free garden although there are also many methods to encourage them to visit the garden more frequently or create themselves a home within the garden. Methods to attract wildlife to the garden vary from one animal to another, however, it is highly important to keep in mind that they all require a pesticide-free garden to thrive.

Avoidance of chemical pesticides does not only help preserve local wildlife and a number of species that are seriously affected by these highly toxic chemicals but it also helps preserve human health. Exposure to chemical pesticides has been proven harmful to human health and turned out to be the root cause of a number of health problems including cancer. Organic gardening methods and avoidance of chemical pesticides are therefore crucial for both wildlife and human welfare.