Plant Health Care

Can you prevent a pest problem?

Can you prevent a pest problem?

This article, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, contains some excellent advice and covers many of the major issues to be considered.

Can you prevent a pest problem?

  • Research which plants will survive best in your yard.
  • Consider plants' tolerance to cold weather.
  • Consider your soil type: sandy, silty or clay?
  • Use organic matter to adapt.
  • Check the acidity of the soil (pH level).
  • Mulch your gardens to eliminate weeds and conserve soil moisture.
  • Mow your lawn no shorter than 2.5 inches in height to shade competing weeds and discourage pests.
  • Periodically rotate the position of plants in your garden to minimize the spread of disease.
  • Inspect the condition of store bought plants.
  • Locate plants carefully, consider the plant's tolerance to sun or shade.
  • Know your plants' friends and enemies. There are many beneficial insects and organisms that are important to gardeners and farmers because they kill great numbers of pests. A few examples of these are: praying mantids, lacewing larvae, ladybugs and even some insect parasites.

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