Growing marijuana outdoors can be an exceptionally gratifying, rewarding, and enjoyable experience, but like everything in life; it comes with challenges and hurdles. The end product of sticky and ripe marijuana buds is nothing short of breathtaking, yet growing marijuana comes along with complications that must be adapted to.
Possibly one of the biggest risks to a healthy and plentiful harvest for outdoor cannabis growers are pests. Bugs or pests affect or attack different parts of a cannabis plant’s anatomy in varying negative ways. Definitely, you can always consider going the conventional route and use chemicals to ward off such as invasion. Nonetheless, many pesticides have been confirmed to be dangerous for both human consumption and the environment.
Here are a variety of methods that outdoor cannabis growers can employ to wand-off bugs, and curtail any unnecessary damage on their crop.
Companion planting is a brilliant, natural and holistic way to prevent pests within your plants. In addition, this strategy is an ideal pretext for adding other species to your garden to add aesthetic appeal and enhance diversity. The idea behind compound planting is to surround your marijuana plants with crop allies with an aim of reducing pest invasion.
Also, companion plants act as natural pesticides, thanks to the chemicals some of them discharge into the surroundings. Examples of companion plants include lavender, basil, peppermint, coriander, and Melissa.
For instance, the potent and strong aroma of the mint plant or Garlic chives confuses pests and as a result, protects marijuana plants. On the other hand, Nasturtium is usually used as a sacrificial plant when grown as a companion crop, acting to attract pests away from your cannabis and taking the hit instead.
Beneficial pests or insects can be introduced into weed gardens to act as bug management. Usually, these predators prey on various insects that damage your crop. For instance, the introduction of parasitic wasps (Ichneumonidae) into your cannabis garden can help to minimize caterpillars that destroy both the exterior and interior of your crop. The praying mantis is also introduced into cannabis gardens since it acts as a helpful predatory insect, which feeds on caterpillars.
Sticky pads can be positioned around your marijuana plants with an aim of trapping pests from the air. Gnats and other airborne invaders land on these sticky placements and become stuck there.
Spray Neem oil
Neem oil is a good effective insect side. When a concoction of neem oil is sprayed on marijuana plants it takes care of various invaders. Unlike other chemicals, neem oil does not exterminate bugs right away. Instead, it hampers their capacity to reproduce and inhabit your crop. Applying neem oil is a precautionary measure that does not involve much expense and gives the cannabis grower peace of mind.
Sterilize your soil
Sterilizing your soil will help mitigate the risk of pests invading your crop. Several pathogens and pests may be living within your garden soil. Sterilizing your soil by exposing it to extreme temperatures through steam sterilization or solarization will help eradicate these potential threats.
The above methods have largely focused on tiny pests; however, there are large creatures out there, which also attack your cannabis garden. Definitely, birds are on this list. You need not be too worried about birds during much part of the growing cycle. But, if your intent is to bring a few plants to seed production, then it is the high time you started preventing them from the winged seed-eaters.
A simple and guaranteed way to prevent birds feeding on your potential seed banks is to net the borders of your garden. Actually, this method will wand off birds from your garden while at the same time allowing enough light to reach your plants.
All said and done, it should be noted that the presence of these winged creatures can at times be beneficial. They feed on some pests, case in point the caterpillars, hence becoming helpful to the farmer.
Now you are armed with the above natural preventive measures to prevent pests from invading your garden. Apparently, pest control is the type of war you do not wish to lose. Deny pests access to your garden the very moment your marijuana seeds germinate and you will be guaranteed of good yields.