How Do You Attract Beneficial Insects In Australia?
Beneficial insects provide two services to your garden. The adult insect, as it drinks the flower nectar, also collects pollen, which it transfers to another plant, fertilizing it. In addition, the insect larva feeds on non-beneficial insects, naturally controlling the pests in your garden. Natural gardening is one way of keeping both the beneficial insect and its larva in your yard. The nonprofit Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) offers suggestions to attract beneficial insects to your plant bed. Mix what SGA calls “lure plants” with your other garden plants. Lure plants are flowers and herbs that offer both a nest area and food to beneficial insects. Lure plants that thrive in Australia include flowers in the daisy family, dahlias, parsley, caraway and coriander, among others. Grow an insectary, a small plot separate from your main garden that has a half-dozen different types of lure plants. This method of attracting beneficial insects is helpful when you have a garden design in