09 Jul '18, 1pm

These wild animals can help guard your garden

It's possible to buy kits of ladybugs to release in your garden, and while that may be fine, it's generally best to encourage existing wildlife rather than trying to start a local population from scratch. As with most beneficial wildlife, your garden should be free of insecticides that could harm helpful insects like ladybugs. It should also have aphids or other insects for them to eat, although that's presumably why you want ladybugs in the first place. And, since many ladybug species eat nectar and pollen as well as insects, it can help to grow plants whose pollen is popular with ladybugs.

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/b...

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