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Best plants to grow near fruit trees to confuse insect pests

 
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I’m trying to decide what to plant around my peach, pear, plum, and apple trees to discourage insects. I’ve got some garlic chives that I need to move, so I will try them. I have some mint, but it gets so thick that I think it might compete too much. What other plants might help?
 
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Ken W Wilson wrote:I’m trying to decide what to plant around my peach, pear, plum, and apple trees to discourage insects. I’ve got some garlic chives that I need to move, so I will try them. I have some mint, but it gets so thick that I think it might compete too much. What other plants might help?



I think you're on the right track.  Garlic chives grow really well for me, so I use them quite a bit.  Any plants with strong smells are the ones I use, along with daffodils to help with burrowers.  Mint does spread like crazy but I haven't notice adverse effects to the trees I have put it around.  As well as plants to deter insects, I try to plant things to draw the good guys as well.  I just started using dill so it's too soon for me to tell if it is working, but I tend to err on the side of the more diversity, the better.  I want to deter some things and draw others, so I just plant as many different things as possible and let nature do Her thing.  I focus on perennials now to let the mini-ecosystems develop, but still use annuals.  Self-seeders get priority there.
 
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Plants that attract beneficial insects which are predators to the pests would be a good choice.  Plants that have umbel flower clusters are often the ones that attract these beneficial insects.  Here is a link with a good list of the plants that you are looking for.  Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
 
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