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Common Garden Pests & Diseases

Garden pests and diseases can be a significant problem for anyone who loves

gardening, as they can damage or even kill plants. In this article, we'll discuss some of

the most common garden pests and diseases and provide tips on preventing and treating them.


Aphids

Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that can be green, yellow, or black. They

suck the sap out of plant leaves and stems, which can cause stunted growth and leaf

curling. To prevent aphids, keep your garden clean and debris-free, and

encourage natural predators like ladybugs and lacewings. You can also spray plants

with water and dish soap to kill aphids.


Slugs and Snails

Slugs and snails are common garden pests that can eat large holes in plant leaves and

fruit. Avoid overwatering your garden and keep it debris-free to prevent slugs and snails. You can also set up beer traps or use copper tape around plant beds to keep

them away.


Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that causes a white, powdery coating on plant

leaves. It can weaken plants and cause them to lose their leaves. To prevent powdery

mildew, make sure your garden has good air circulation and avoid overcrowding plants.

You can also spray plants with a mixture of milk and water to help prevent powdery

mildew.


Tomato Blight

Tomato blight is a fungal disease that affects tomato plants. It can cause the leaves and stems of the plant to turn brown and wilt and can also affect the fruit. Ensure your plants are adequately spaced and have good air circulation to prevent tomato blight. You can also water them at the base of the plant instead of from above to avoid getting

water on the leaves.


Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles are a common garden pest that can eat many plants' leaves, flowers, and fruit. To prevent Japanese beetles, handpick them off your plants and drop

them in a bucket of soapy water. You can also use a trap to catch them, but be aware

that this can attract more beetles to your garden.

In conclusion, garden pests and diseases can be a significant problem for any gardener.


However, proper prevention and treatment can keep your plants healthy and

thriving. Remember to keep your garden clean and debris-free, encourage natural

predators, and use organic methods whenever possible. Happy gardening!


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