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Earth Friendly Pest Management for Your Landscape

Earth Friendly Pest Management for Your Landscape

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Japanese beetle pests on rose

Japanese beetle pests on rose (Image via Morguefile, photographer: Marcin Modestowicz)

Pests in your landscape are pesky. But routinely applying insecticides isn’t great for the earth and can kill good bugs, too. Try managing pests with the earth-friendlier approach known as IPM (integrated pest management). IPM offers tools to manage bugs, with insecticides used only as a last resort. This cool website shows IPM in action against Japanese beetles. The first tool is knowledge: know that Japanese beetles don’t stay long, just 4-6 weeks, and typically chew only the margins of leaves. Next: beetle traps work, but be sure to follow directions (traps actually attract bugs!). Or you can pick the bugs off your plants and drop them in soapy water. This is a great job for kids, by the way. Try these tools first before even thinking about insecticides—which your friendly extension agent can advise you on. Want to learn more? A good homeowners’ guide to IPM can be found here.

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Landscaping and masonry contractors. Art of Stone Gardening is a full service design, masonry, hardscape and landscaping company. We plan, design, and install residential gardens and landscapes in North Georgia. Our local service area: Clermont, Cleveland, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville,
Helen, Murrayville, Sautee Nacoochee, Oakwood, Suches GA.

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