Insect Control - Pests
The best way to prevent insect damage in your garden is not to invite insects into your garden. It takes a little time pull up the insect welcome mat, but in the long run you'll save yourself a lot of time and disappointment.
Choose from the menu below for information about controlling specific insects. The following suggestions are simply good gardening practices that will help to reduce the hostile insect population in your garden.
Healthy plants attract fewer pests, and healthy soil grows healthy plants.
Make soil building a priority in your garden, and use organic fertilizers to help your plants along while you build you soil. For soil-building information, see our information on composting, green manure and mulch.
Keep the garden clean and free of debris and weeds.
Weeds and debris are hiding and breeding places for insects, and the weeds will compete with your plants for nutrients and water.
Don't spread problems on your hands, feet or tools.
If you've been working with infested plants, clean your tools and wash your hands before going on to the next plant. Clean your tools thoroughly in the fall to avoid introducing last year's problems into next year's garden.
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