So your cannabis garden is up and running and everything is on track for a great harvest, but then you realize that pests have started to call your grow room home. While there are many over-the-counter solutions available for dealing with cannabis pests, many people don’t feel comfortable covering their beautiful buds with potentially toxic chemicals. If you are one of those people, you are in luck. There are a slew of pesticide alternatives that will have your garden pest free in no time.
Repelling Cannabis Pests with Companion Planting
Companion planting has been practiced for thousands of years in order to achieve a number of beneficial outcomes including getting rid of pests. Companion planting involves the growing of herbs, flowers and other plants right alongside your marijuana. Different plants demonstrate unique properties in nature. Some plants produce terpenes that are specifically designed to repel unwanted critters. Herbs like basil, garlic and chives have long been used to repel cannabis pests like aphids, mites and beetles. Rosemary and sage have been used to repel flies and mosquitoes, while mint and thyme are good for repelling moths. Companion planting is a simple and natural way to rid your garden of all of those nasty pests that could have serious impacts on your yields.
The Predatory Power of Biological Controls
Biological controls used in battling pests is somewhat like fighting fire with fire. In nature, there is always a bigger predator right around the corner. Biological controls employ the use of more advanced predatory insects who will eat cannabis pests while leaving your garden fully intact. Predatory mites are exceptional at devouring species like spiders and russet mites; both of which can destroy your garden if not caught in time. Nematodes, or microscopic roundworms, can be diluted in a solution and then applied to your plants’ root system. This will clear up any root aphid problems you might come across. Taking advantage of natural processes like the food chain are always preferable to harmful chemicals being sprayed about.
Organic Alternatives to Toxic Pesticides
Over-the-counter pesticides have a bad reputation as no one really believes the label that says “harmless”. Fortunately, there are a number of very effective organic treatments that you can apply to your garden that are just as effective as regular pesticides without any of the health concerns. There are organic alternatives to over-the-counter pesticides that will target mites, powdery mildew and aphids that are all made from natural ingredients. For example, Neem oil is one of the more heavily used organic alternatives that has great success in combating winged pests and aphids. Pyrethrum is made from the flowers of dried chrysanthemums and has been a popular staple of organic cultivation for many years. Other organic alternatives for cannabis pests include mineral oil, insecticidal soaps, and even a variety of beneficial fungi to help to prevent powdery mildew.
Dealing with pests in your cannabis garden is often frightening for newer growers, even though it doesn’t have to be. Nature has allowed for plants, fruits and vegetables to grow since the dawn of time and always provided a natural means of protection from unwanted pests. Utilizing these natural methods of controlling cannabis pests will help you move away from using potentially toxic chemicals while maintaining the level of effectiveness that your cannabis garden deserves.