If you think of insects as the enemy of a healthy landscape, you couldn’t be more wrong. Sure, nobody welcomes Japanese beetles, aphids, or other backyard pests. But rather than trying to create a bug-free zone, the best strategy is to fight fire with fire. Encouraging certain insects to inhabit your property can help fend off the unwelcome ones. For the health of your plants and yourself, skip chemicals.
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Fill your garden with a wide variety of plants, which will create a rich environment for local insects. Have faith that a tangled organic garden is your best defense. There are so many wild beneficial insects out there; even in big cities they will fly to your garden if properly attracted. Read on to find out how to attract these natural helpers.
Here are the 5 best bugs for your lawn or garden and how to attract them: