Garden under surveillance

The home garden is a very precious place for its owner; not surprisingly, the one who lives and takes care of a garden is often obsessively attentive to any change that may be noticed in every aspect of the garden itself, which can be a symptom of an unwelcome presence of some animal, insect or disease caused by viruses etc. etc. This is due to a natural protectionist instinct towards two aspects, both of which are important; in the garden the passionate gardener spends a lot of his time, doing small but demanding chores with the sole purpose of improving his beloved garden, so naturally he will be very attentive to anything that could make this work in vain. Not only, all those who have lived a garden for at least one day know the incredible positive effect it has on the human being, both for the possibilities it offers and for what it manages to give relaxation to the body and mind; a place that makes us feel so good will be protected by us in a natural way, to protect it and not lose its very positive faculties. It is therefore obvious that the home garden is under close surveillance, and with it everything that makes it up, starting from the plants, which are the fundamental component.

The potential dangers

The dangers that our garden can run into are closely linked to what we have in our garden and what we care about most; this means in short that depending on the type of plant we grow in the garden, there will be diseases / insects / animals that will have to worry us more or less according to the species. To give an example, if we have reserves of Emmenthal cheese in the pantry then we have to worry about the visits of mice, while if we have fish reserves we could receive visits from cats and similar animals; the same in the garden. In general, however, plants are the primary objective of a garden; the primary danger, on the other hand, are diseases, especially those due to fungal attacks, which are very difficult to catch in advance and also hard to eliminate if you do not want to resort to chemicals. The insects chapter is worrying only if we consider those parasitic insects such as mites, insects whose larvae attack the plant and devour it from the inside to dry up to feed themselves. Animals, on the other hand, are a nuisance for plants, but in a less serious way than the elements already mentioned, but above all they are a nuisance for our eyes and for our feeling of cleanliness and hygiene.

Shrew: The natural helpers

We live in a polluting society, we know this and it is increasingly true; but we are not those fundamentalist and stupid environmentalists (since extreme positions are never totally right), we know very well that it is the price of evolution and of the many things that man wants and wants to do. However, at times one exaggerates, reaching the point of treatment which is worse than the disease; a classic example is the use of chemicals to eliminate diseases and pests from agricultural crops. We must remember that what we grow is almost always destined for our tables, and that the products we use to kill insects and the like could kill us too if used in the right quantities. It should be remembered more that we have natural helpers, as nature has come to where it is today by itself and without chemicals:the shrew is absolutely one of these and we have talked about its beneficial actions previously, while there are also some insects such as ladybugs that in addition to being cute and sweet to admire are also very good hunters of larvae, dangerous for many crops especially those from fruit. having a little more care and genuine passion for working the land, these natural helpers could be used.

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