Protective Barriers with Plants

Aug 31, 2012

If you have problems with insects and animals getting hold of your most coveted plants, you may want to try erecting a small barrier to prevent this from happening. It does not have to be a large fence, but there is also plenty of small fencing available to gardeners who want to protect plants, significantly if you are growing any food. Small, picket fences are sizable enough to keep animals at bay while accommodating space for a more miniature garden. There are all types of wires and grated fencing available for gardens. Chicken wire is also helpful in keeping out small animals. That will be especially helpful if your yard is next to any wooded areas where animals are prone to catch the smell of growing plants from quite a distance.

For insects, there are also screen domes that filter in sunlight while keeping out annoying flies gnats. These screen domes keep out bugs and hold in heat and moisture for any growing plant. For hotter seasons, the screens can also act as a shading mechanism for plants that may not handle as much direct sunlight. These screens come in just about any size and can be used for an individual plant or cover a particular gardening section. That will save you from worrying about bugs getting on your fruits and veggies, and you won’t have to spray any harmful chemicals on your plants. Try organic pesticides to spray an invisible, protective barrier around your plants. Animal repellents can also act as a barrier. Natural ingredients like citrus and pepper will kill insects and keep them away from your garden. You don’t have to spray on your plants, but you can treat any gardening area by lightly spraying around where plants grow to keep out pests.