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Minimize Garden Pest Problems

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Don’t you hate the possible plant destroyers we have here, like insects, mites, fungi, nematodes, weeds and bacteria to name a few? 

With humans, staying healthy is a key to reducing sickness. Plants are the same way. The healthier they remain with your help, the less likely they are to succumb to diseases and pest problems. Good health includes providing plants proper soil, water, light, nutrients and spacing.  Yes, even plants are like us and need space! 

Another way to avoid problems is by selecting plant varieties that are not generally prone to insects or diseases. We staff knowledgeable garden enthusiasts who will be able to assist in a healthy selection. A good tip, though, is to always ask about insects and diseases prone to that particular plant you’re interested in taking home. Choose plants that are well adapted to our climate. Some plants have even been specifically bred to resist certain diseases.  

Rain splashes on the soil and spreads disease organisms that live in the soil onto the plants. By applying mulch on soil under plants, fruit and veggie crops you can reduce the spread. Mulch is also especially important in controlling weeds. The best defense against a weed war is to have about 2” thick mulch around plants at all times.  

Plants, also like us, require proper sanitation. Overgrown areas can serve as a host place, and place of refuge and breeding for pests. Keep the garden as weed free as possible to avoid allowing them an area to live comfortably. 

Any fruit or fallen foliage infected with diseases should be raked up, bagged and thrown away. If not picked up and disposed, they can be a continuing source of infection on the plant. 

In a vegetable garden, you are seasonally removing old plantings and adding new crops. In this case, crop rotation is important. Planting the same type of plant each year can cause soil buildup of disease organisms and insects that typically attach that plant. Rotate the crops and plant different things in different places. Always pick up rotten vegetables and foliage from the garden. 

Sometimes, after best efforts and if the plant is constantly attacked, the best thing to do is to replace them.  If you do have a possible pest or disease issue you would like us to diagnose, please bring it in a sealed zip lock bag. We are always here to help, and have a wide assortment of Plant Health Care products!