Protect your harvest from insect pests
Protect your harvest from insect pests
Sometimes, with gardening, it's just best to let Mother Nature do her thing. We can see that this is especially true when it comes to controlling garden pests. Nature has built-in controls for garden pests, and one of them is the presence of beneficial insects. There are a wide variety of beneficial insects, but one of the best all-around species is the ladybug.
Ladybugs feed on many destructive insect pests, but their favorite is the aphid! And that's good news because the aphid is one of the worst offenders for devouring your harvest. Ladybugs lay their eggs among aphids or other prey so that when the larvae emerge, they, too, will begin feeding on damaging pests.
Get Ladybugs to Visit & Stay in Your Garden
Attracting ladybugs takes a little time, but it is doable. You can get a head start by ordering a supply from Gardens Alive! To keep them around, though, you'll want to ensure that:
- Food is plentiful…ladybugs will visit and settle in places where food seems to be in abundance. Ladybugs will feed on pollen when necessary. They love pollen from white or yellow flowers and from plants with flat leaves. Try adding cilantro, dill, cosmos, coreopsis or dandelion.
- The environment has ample moisture…by adding a few shallow plates of water around your garden, ladybugs won't have to leave in search of a water source.
- There is a safe harbor…consider nestling a ladybug house among your plantings.
It May Seem Counterproductive, But…
You might consider adding a decoy plant to attract aphids. Yes…aphids are one of the pests we want to stay away from our crops. But…ladybugs love aphids. By adding a plant that aphids love, you'll ensure a feast for the ladybugs and help keep aphids away from your crops. Aphids like early cabbage, marigolds and radishes. And if you really want to attract them, plant nasturtium—it's an aphid favorite!
- Season: both Spring & Fall
Orders for in-stock seeds and hardgoods are typically shipped within 5 business days.
Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:
|Spring 2018 Shipping Schedule|
|Zones||Sweet Potatoes||Bareroot Roses||Tomatoes & Peppers||Potatoes||Tender Annuals||Onion Plants||All other Perennials & Potted Plants|
|1A-4A||5/22 - 6/8||4/17 - 6/1||5/14 - 6/1||3/27 - 6/15||4/30 - 6/8||4/10 - 5/11||5/1 - 6/8|
|4B||5/22 - 6/8||4/17 - 6/1||5/14 - 6/1||3/27 - 6/15||4/30 - 6/8||4/3 - 5/11||5/1 - 6/8|
|5A||5/15 - 6/8||4/3 - 6/1||5/14 - 6/1||3/6 - 6/15||4/30 - 6/8||3/27 - 5/11||4/3 - 6/8|
|5B||5/1 - 6/8||3/20 - 6/1||5/14 - 6/1||3/6 - 6/15||4/30 - 6/8||3/27 - 5/11||3/20 - 6/8|
|6A||5/1 - 6/8||3/6 - 6/1||4/23 - 6/1||3/6 - 6/15||4/30 - 6/8||3/6 - 5/11||3/6 - 6/8|
|6B||5/1 - 6/8||3/6 - 6/1||4/23 - 6/1||3/6 - 6/15||4/30 - 6/8||2/27 - 5/11||3/6 - 6/8|
|7A||5/1 - 6/8||2/27 - 6/1||4/23 - 6/1||2/27 - 6/15||4/2 - 6/8||2/20 - 5/11||2/27 - 6/8|
|7B||5/1 - 6/8||2/27 - 6/1||4/2 - 6/1||2/27 - 6/15||4/2 - 6/8||2/13 - 5/11||2/27 - 6/8|
|8A & B||4/24 - 6/8||2/20 - 6/1||4/2 - 6/1||2/20 - 6/15||4/2 - 6/8||1/30 - 5/11||2/20 - 5/18|
|9A & B||4/24 - 6/8||1/23 - 6/1||4/2 - 6/1||2/13 - 6/15||4/2 - 6/8||1/2 - 5/11||2/13 - 5/18|
|10A & B||4/17 - 6/8||1/23 - 6/1||4/2 - 6/1||2/13 - 6/15||4/2 - 6/8||1/2 - 5/11||2/13 - 5/18|
|Last Order Date||6/4/2018||5/28/2018||5/28/2018||6/11/2018||6/4/2018||5/7/2018||1A-7B: 6/4/2018
|Spring 2018 Insects Shipping Schedule|
|Zones||Lacewings, Lady Beetles|
& Encapsulated Earthworms
|1A||5/12 - 6/15||5/15 - 6/15|
|1B - 2A||5/15 - 6/15||5/15 - 6/15|
|2B - 3B||5/1 - 6/15||5/1 - 6/15|
|4A - 6A||4/17 - 6/15||4/17 - 6/15|
|6B - 7A||4/10 - 6/15||4/10 - 6/15|
|7B - 8B||3/13 - 6/15||3/13 - 6/15|
|9A - 10B||2/27 - 6/15||2/27 - 6/15|
|Last Order Date||6/11/18||6/11/18|
The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.
Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection.
In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your order—via the U.S. Postal Service or United Parcel Service. Large orders may be shipped in more than one package.
Please note that we cannot ship outside of the continental United States.