Spider: A Gardener’s Ally and Spirited Partner in Aesthetics

Overview of The Spider as Gardener’s Ally

The spider has been long feared; with the black widow and the brown recluse spider, this fear is justified for anyone who has been bitten. However, the arachnid plays an active role in helping gardeners by consuming pests. On the menu are flies, of course, but also mosquitoes, wasps, gnats, ants, beetles, aphids, and caterpillars. A spider kills and consumes other arachnids, such as spider mites, a common bane to gardeners.

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The Spider: Not a Sole Defense in the Garden

The spider is  indiscriminate in trapping or ambushing (depending on the spider) and consuming of prey: this versatility is also a drawback, as Dr. Linda S. Raynor, in the article  All about Spiders,” points out, killing not only garden pests but also beneficial insects, such as butterflies, honey bees, green lacewings, lady bugs, assassin bugs, and damsel bugs–even its own kind occasionally.

The gardener who is serious about natural, pesticide-free pest control should attract and encourage a variety of beneficial creatures, including spiders, to make the garden at home. To draw the appeal of the arachnid, mulch your garden and reduce or eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides. Also, gardeners should provide inviting places, such as tall plants and crates, for a spider to spin its webs.

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Spider and Web

The Spider and Aesthetic Beauty

In addition to pest elimination skills par excellence, a web-weaving spider brings aesthetic beauty to the garden. The web itself is an art form worthy of awe and respect. Also, waking up early in the morning and witnessing a dew-covered web shimmering in the dawn’s light brings a peaceful, Zen-like attitude that can influence the rest of the day. Namaste and Blessed Be.

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