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An indoor or outdoor garden can make any newly rented residence feel just like home. As you look for ways to turn your space into something that bears your unique sense of style and comfort, you may determine that establishing a small colony of plants is the way to go. Not only does this activity brighten your surroundings and help you feel more in possession of your new home, it can also be a great way to meet people in the area. Getting to know your neighbors with an eye toward fostering commraderie is always helpful when you have moved to a new location, and particularly is your rented property is only one element to which you're adjusting, as you have made a long-distance move.

While the upside to gardening seems endless, there are several obstacles that should be accounted for similar to practicing barbeque safety. One such issue concerns those detractors to your plants' survival and ability to thrive: weeds, some insects, and certain microbes that can carry disease. These pests will need to be eliminated with some type of pesticide. For a variety of reasons, many people opt to go with natural pesticides, or insecticides.

Why Use a Natural Pesticide

Some fortunate amateur gardeners find that they never need pesticides of any sort. For the majority of gardeners, however, some sort of pesticide becomes necessary sooner or later. You will most likely see the signs that you need a pesticide with little trouble. Insects are a common deterrent of healthy, robust-looking plants, and their markings are the easiest to trace to source. When you find stalks or (more frequently) leaves and buds of your plants riddles with minute holes, you have a bug problem. If you do not at that point opt for a pesticide, you will most likely find that all of your growing work is for naught.

In terms of why you would opt for a natural variety over certain traditional pesticides, there are many reports that the natural sort is safer and more friendly to the environment at large. Pesticides are usually used outdoors, but sometimes indoor plants encounter problems similar to those of their rugged, outdoor counterparts and an insecticide is called for. In cases where you are killing off unwanted intruders in an indoor setting, most people opt for safety first. Particularly in homes where there are young children, people want the most benign option available that gets the job done.

Types of Natural Indoor Solutions

If you live an area where you have one or more natural foods stores on hand, you may have access to a simple, effortless solution to your bug problem. There is now an entire spectrum of natural products geared toward preserving the health of your plants (indoor and outdoor) by dismissing unwelcome guests. These are typically premixed formulas involving innocuous ingredients in a spray bottle of some sort. If you have this natural food and supply store but don't find a premixed solution, you may be able to make your own based on the merchandise you do find.

Botanical (or plant-based) oils are essential oils produced by certain plants and can be used to defend the vigor of many plants. These include peppermint, citrus oils, rosemary oils, and many others. In various combinations, these essential oils perform as insecticides, but with very low toxicity. Certain dust insecticides are also considered harmless for indoor use and are alright when considered for using natural pesticides. You may find that the dust variety needs to be first mixed with water, or you may be able to use it dry. Dry versions are often made from minerals, such as silica and bicarbonate.

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