Effectively Protect Your Crops by Using Insect Barrier

The Benefits of Using Trellis Netting and Insect Barrier.

frost fabric used as insect barrier
The frost fabric works as a barrier to prevent insects from invading your crops.

Growing crops is not easy because there are a lot of things that should be taken care of before even planting your first seeds or roots. You need space and you must make sure that your garden is protected from certain harmful elements like insects, other pests, weeds, small animals and diseases. In most cases, use of a durable insect barrier will be enough to protect the garden and its crops. In some cases – and depending on your space and types of crops – you may need additional systems or methods.

Installing Insect Barrier as an Effective Insect and Pest Prevention Method

What better way to grow crops than to do it chemical-free, right? By installing an insect barrier or pest netting system, you are eliminating the need to use harmful pesticides or insecticides. The fabric barrier or netting will be enough to prevent the pests causing damage because they are effectively prevented from gaining access to your plants.

frost fabric protecting cropfield
This fabric prevents insects from reaching the crops.

Your pest and insect prevention method will be more effective if you can incorporate other measures like clutter reduction, weatherization; overgrown vegetation and trash removal, standing water removal and maintenance of a clean garden.

The main objective of using insect-proof netting or mesh is to effectively keep insects and pests (like flea beetle, carrot fly and cabbage beetle) off your crops. By installing this system, you are creating an efficient physical barrier that would eliminate the need for synthetic pesticides.

The insect barrier mesh looks similar to net curtains but is usually made of clear/transparent polythene. The sizes are more open than regular horticultural fleece, which means that it can provide extra warmth. At the same time, it can also prevent damages that can be caused by large raindrops, hails, and strong winds. By being able to intercept heavy rains, damage to soil structure is prevented, as well. Large drops of rain can also damage seedlings and seed beds, as well as result in soil splashing that can contaminate the leafy crops.

crops protected with insecr barrier
With the barrier, it isn’t longer necessary to apply dangerous pesticides on crops.

By replacing the hazardous pesticides with physical barriers, crops will have extra shelter that would eventually lead to better growing fruits and vegetables. The farmers will then have healthier and better crops by harvest time.

One other significant benefit of using insect-proof barrier is that it can last for many years and is reusable. That means that you can keep on using the same mesh for the coming planting seasons.

Trellis Netting for Healthier Crops and Better Yields

Aside from using insect barrier to provide protection for your crops, you can also incorporate other crop growing systems like trellis netting. This netting method can be used for planting different vegetable crops like cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, peppers and peas, and fruits like melons and watermelons.

Trellising is proven to be an effective method that results in improved yields because it can increase sunlight and air exposure. It can also decrease ground rotting while optimizing your garden space, at the same time. Some people even use trellising system as ornamental climbers for their sweet peas.

tunnels on crops in cropfield
Inside the tunnels you can control the growth of the crops, including adding support networks for the growth of the plants.

With a trellis net, you can easily train your crops to grow up and avoid getting stuck to the ground, thus preventing the possibilities of fruit/vegetable rotting. Crops grown on the ground are usually prone to rotting and weed attacks because they have nowhere else to go. With the chance to climb, these crops are avoiding the weeds effectively. The fruits and vegetable can also grow healthier because they are not grounded, which prevents them from being stuck to moist soil.

Trellising (vertical gardening) is also a common choice by farmers because it allows them to harvest with ease.

One good example of successful vertical gardening is growing peppers on trellis. Pepper plants are known to have the ability to stand upright without the need for support like trellis. But, some farmers use stakes, trellises and cages to support their pepper plants as soon as they are starting to produce fruits. Fruits can weigh the plant down, that is why it is advisable to help the crop stand upright throughout the life cycle.

Here are simple step by step instructions of planting pepper seeds and growing healthy pepper plants.

You must dig a little hole in your garden ground – make it as deep as your pepper seeds root ball. Set the seedling inside the hole and then fill the hole with soil. You can also use a container to plant your seedling. Fill your container with container mix at about two-thirds full and then put the seedling before adding more container mix to cover the root ball.

Install your trellis into the ground next to the plant. Make sure that the trellis is a few inches away from the plant’s stem and it should not be pushed into the pepper plant. Start training your pepper plant by tying the stem on to the portion of your trellis using a nylon strip. Make sure there is room to grow by placing two fingers in the strip while you are tying it up. If you tie too tight, you may inhibit the plant’s growth.

Choose the Right Crop Protection Method for your Crops.

tree protected by frost fabric
It’s important to know what kind of support methods can be applied according to the plant.

It would be easy to come up with a decision on which protective method to use for your vegetable or fruit crops. The main basis should be the type of plants you are planning to grow. As mentioned above, trellising works well with cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, beans and peppers.

Insect barrier can also be used for these crops, particularly when they are still in their growing stages. When these plants are young, they are as defenceless as small children. Therefore, they need extra protection, especially during the times when they are still very much attached to the ground and prone to attacks from insects, pests and weeds. Insect barriers are the best option for cabbage planting. Cabbage maggots like attacking the roots of cabbage plants and other related crops. By creating the physical barrier around the crop, the flies that are responsible for the maggots are prevented from laying their eggs.

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