Growing a garden can be a great way to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the harvest season. Unfortunately, your crops could become compromised if you fail to create an effective pest control strategy. Many amateur gardeners are reluctant to expose their produce to harmful chemicals, but there are some all-natural ways to manage pest populations.

Here are three simple tricks you can use to keep your garden naturally pest free in the future.

1. Use vegetable oil to get rid of insects.

If you have an insect problem in your garden (think aphids or ants), then you will need an all-natural way to eliminate these insects so that your produce doesn't sustain any harm. Turning to your kitchen cupboard could provide you with just the tool needed to eliminate insects from your garden.

Vegetable oil can smother pesky insects when sprayed directly onto them, and the heaviness of the oil can also act as an effective aid in preventing insect eggs from hatching. Try using vegetable oil in a spray bottle to naturally control unwanted insects in your garden.

2. Use garlic to deter animal pests.

Many small animals can view your garden as their own personal grocery store. Squirrels, raccoons, and chipmunks can all wreak havoc on your plants, making it impossible to salvage your crop. Deterring these animal pests doesn't have to require toxic poisons or complicated traps.

Animals rely heavily on their sense of smell to navigate the world around them. Creating a scent barrier with an offensive odor around your garden can keep animal pests out. Try soaking some minced garlic in water, then spraying the perimeter of your garden with the solution. The strong garlic smell will keep small animals away without compromising the health of your plants.

3. Use holographic tape to chase birds away.

Birds can be among the most difficult of pests to keep out of your garden. Since it can be challenging to protect your plants from an aerial attack, relying on a simple product like holographic tape for help can be beneficial.

Holographic tape (commonly referred to as scare tape) can be tied around the stalks of your garden plants. When the sun reflects off this tape, birds think your garden is on fire and will stay away from the area. Be sure to use the tape liberally throughout your garden to prevent birds from helping themselves to your crop.

Finding natural ways to keep pests from destroying your garden will allow you to have a more successful harvest. For more information, contact local professionals like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies.