Sunday, November 20, 2016

10 - 10 Tips for...


...Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard

Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux, Sooty Copper

Don't use pesticides

This one should be obvious, right? If you're trying to support insect life in your backyard, you don't want to use chemicals or other substances that kill them. Providing habitat is a bit different than gardening for aesthetics. Caterpillars need foliage to feed on, so you'll have to be tolerant of leaves with holes, or even plants that have been defoliated in some cases. Some caterpillars will even feed on the plants you intended to eat yourself, like dill or fennel (which are the host plants for black swallowtail larvae).

Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux, Sooty Copper

Learn to share. Plant some extra so there's enough for you and the caterpillars.

Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux, Sooty Copper

If you garden pests reach the point where you absolutely must intervene, try the least toxic methods of control first. Learn ways to attract beneficial insects to your garden, and let the predators take care of the pests.

Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux, Sooty Copper

Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux, Sooty Copper

For help battling specific garden pests organically, try reading my tips for controlling the 12 worst vegetable garden pests.



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