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How to Keep Pests Out of Your Lawn & Garden Naturally

Lawn & garden pests: They are some of the biggest nuisances that people who love to garden have. If you don’t use some form of pest control for your lawn and garden, you (and your plants) will soon be overrun with all sorts of bugs. These creepies can greatly damage your plants and in some cases, your lawn, so you want to stay on top of your game and keep those pests at bay.

And we're not even talking about how bugs tend to crash your outdoor warm weather activities, like cookouts and other get-togethers. 

There are plenty of steps you can implement to help keep pests out of your lawn and garden. If and when you need to tackle an outdoor pest problem, there is a surprising number of effective pest control products formulated with naturally occurring ingredients that are family-, pet-, and earth-friendly that you should consider to keep the bugs out.

Outdoor Bug Prevention

Besides wreaking havoc on your plants and making a nuisance of themselves during your time outside with family and friends, the worst part about bugs outdoors is that they often end up indoors. But the best way for you to minimize bugs indoors ... yep, is to minimize them outdoors. So, you have to make conditions unfriendly for them.

Keep Your Lawn and Landscaping Trimmed

Trimming lawn

Mow your lawn regularly, weed your garden, and keep all vegetation well trimmed. Overgrown brush and weeds provide ideal harborage and hiding areas for several breeds of insects.  Trim tree and hedge branches at least an inch away from the side of your home's structure, and keep your lawn free of leaf and grass clutter.

Keep Trash Sealed and Away from Outdoor Activities

Trash can

Garbage is a go-to breeding area for flies, not to mention ants can congregate around and feed on the sticky residuals left behind on your recyclable cans and bottles. Completely empty and rinse recyclables before disposal, and make sure all your trash and recycling receptacles stay tightly covered and kept away from areas where you grill and eat in the backyard.

Eliminate Standing Water

Standing water

If you're trying to reduce bug populations in your yard, you need to be mindful of standing/stagnant water sources you make available for them. One huge draw for any insect is moisture, but in addition to that, standing water makes for the ideal mosquito breeding area. Unclog your rain gutters, fill in areas in your yard where water pools up, change out the water in your bird baths, kiddie pools, pet dishes, etc. Hot tub and pool covers can also collect rain water that becomes stagnant and where mosquitoes can breed. Make sure they don't!  

Plant Your Way to Being Bug Free


Have you considered plants and flowers in your yard and garden that actually help repel bugs? Chrysanthemums, lavender, lemongrass, marigold, and others are all known to drive pests like aphids and mosquitoes away. 

Try Earth-friendly Pest Control Products

Green, earth-friendly pest control products can be extremely effective at killing and repelling bugs. Bugs not only hate natural plant oils, these oils are lethal to bugs. Once you've done what you can to trim and clean up your yard, and get rid of standing water, etc., you can consider using a good botanical yard bug spray, or an effective botanical mosquito and tick killer to cover large areas of your yard with bug-killing action. You can also bait for ants using effective ant bait stations made with naturally derived ingredients, or a good botanical flying insect killer for spot treatment. Need an effective botanical insect repellent, or a good botanical wasp and hornet killer to keep stinging insects at bay?

Check out these articles to learn more:

How to Prevent Mosquitoes Around Your Home and Yard

How to Get Rid of Wasps Around Your Home and Yard

7 Steps to Prepare for Spring Ant Baiting

Ant Baiting 101

Ant Killer with Borax: Yes, it really works!

How to Use a Yard Bug Spray

How do you keep your yard and garden bug-free? We want to hear about it! Leave us a comment below!  


For scientifically-tested, effective pest control in your yard, garden, and home that is friendly to the environment, try Maggie’s Farm pest control products. Our promise is that our plant and mineral-based products are developed by scientists and seasoned pest control professionals to be the most effective.

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