Once your landscaping contractors help you set up the perfect garden and landscape, you need to keep your flowers, shrubs and other plants healthy throughout the year. One way to do this is to introduce beneficial insects, such as lady beetles and green lacewings to your landscape and garden. These friendly insects prey on aphids and other pests that eat leaves, flower petals and other parts of your plants. Here's how you add or introduce beneficial insects to your garden, as well as tips on how to protect the insects during your landscaping services.
Talk to Your Landscaping Contractor
Before you obtain your lady beetles and green lacewings, contact your landscaping contractor and inform him or her about your plans to introduce beneficial insects to your landscape and garden. If you use your contractor's services regularly, he or she may accidentally kill your beneficial insects with pesticides and other chemicals.
Once you inform the contractor about your plans, he or she watch out for them when he or she prunes, cuts or waters your landscape. Small insects, like beetles and lacewings, can drown when there's too much on the ground. Your landscaper will use watering techniques, such as adding a protective drainage system, on your property to avoid this.
Now, you can move to the next step of your plans.
Order and Release Your Lady Beetles and Green Lacewing
You need to order baby lady beetles and lacewings from a home and garden retailer online. The retailers also sell adult insects, but the babies may adapt to your garden and landscape faster because they lack wings and can't fly off. Adult lady beetles and lacewings can fly off once you let them loose in the garden or other locations on your property.
If you do choose to introduce adults to the landscape, do so in the evening. The beneficial insects calm down when the sun sets and may find places in your landscape to rest or hide during the night.
Maintain Your Beneficial Insects
Once you release your baby insects, which are called nymphs and larvae, in the landscape and garden, they will need water to survive. Dampen the leaves of your plants to keep the larvae and nymphs hydrated. They will crawl to the water when they need to drink.
If you introduce adult lady beetles and lacewings to the property, place small containers of water around the area, or lightly soak the soil with water, to keep adult insects hydrated.
After the insects feel more comfortable with the new surroundings, they will prey on the aphids and other plant-eating insects that live in your garden and landscape.
If you need more landscaping ideas to protect your plants, contact a contractor (such as one from Propato Brothers) for help.