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Organic Pest Control for Spring Gardening

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

Spring is the best time to re-assess your yard and garden maintenance. This year, incorporate organic pest control into your spring gardening routine for an environmentally responsible move. You can avoid fighting unwanted critters with expensive chemical toxins that can inevitably accumulate in your soil, water and eventually your body with just as effective, safer choices.

Try some of these natural organic pest control methods for an overall safer, cleaner, and more flourishing outdoor experience.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is derived from the pressed fruits and seeds of a tree in the evergreen family native to India and now found throughout various parts of the globe.

It can be mixed with water in a spray bottle or purchased as the main ingredient in a ready-to-use product. Neem is effective in naturally eliminating spiders, aphids, mites and all species of fungi and is non-toxic to surrounding flora as well as mammals.

Petroleum or Vegetable Oil (aka Horticulture Oils)

Products with a petroleum or vegetable based oil work to break the feeding cycle of pests along with infiltrating their eggs. These oils have been successful against all species that can create gardening havoc.

One formula to consider is mixing one tablespoon of canola oil and a few drops of liquid Ivory soap into a quart of water. Put in a spray bottle and generously spray plants being sure to cover the underside of leaves as these are common egg attachment locations.


Pyrethrin is a popular pest control ingredient that is derived from the flowering chrysanthemum which many people simply call mums. It is EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved and effective against a wide variety of pests. Plus, it poses no risk to mammals so your dog, cat or even baby will not be poisoned (obviously, do remain vigilant in not encouraging this).

Be sure that if a popular insecticide contains pyrethrin, it is one of the first ingredients used. Also, try to look for labeling that confirms formulated use for organic gardens or contact the company to confirm this.


The compound d-limonene which is found in orange peel oil is classified as a registered insecticide.

The San Francisco Gate reports that,

“According to University of Florida's IFAS Extension, it [d-limonene] kills fleas, aphids, mites, fire ants, house crickets, paper wasps and some flies.”

Orange peel oil acts as a nerve toxin that works effectively upon contact and at the same time leaves the area smelling citrusy fresh. Look for d-limonene labeled do-it-yourself formulas. Be careful as citrus pest control could irritate skin and eyes.

Plant Rescue

There are certain plants that you can incorporate into your garden that act as natural pest repellants which can protect other vulnerable vegetation.

Some species to consider include:

  • Camphor
  • Mints
  • Scented pelargoniums
  • Wormwood
  • Southernwood
  • Lavender
  • Balm of Gilead
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

These plants work by masking the attractive scent of surrounding plants. Look for other herbs that emit or are known for their spicy and bitter scents as opposed to sweet which attracts hungry, plant killing insects.

There are also plants that can act like a trap that you can sacrifice for the greater good. Nasturtium, mustard and Chinese cabbage all attract most insects that will feed on them rather than more important plants.

You may want to also use indicator plants which can alert you to a potential crop disease before it actually hits the crop. This is the case with rose bushes surrounding a garden as they have been known to indicate the onset of mildew disease. Plus, roses deter humans and animals from stopping on your precious creations.


Organic pest control for spring gardening can be done just as effectively as using chemical brands. See if one or more of these tips could turn your garden into an Eco-friendly extravaganza full of clean, fruitful creations.

This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Pest Control, Your Garden and was tagged with citrus pest control, d-limonene, garden, mint, neem oil, NON-TOXIC, organic gardening, organic pest control, Pyrethrin, roses


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