- Build healthy soil by adding compost, mulch, and other all-natural amendments. Healthy soils lead to robust plants that are more resistant to disease and insects. This will reduce your need for herbicides and pesticides. If you must, use slow-release organic fertilizer in spring.
- Minimize spray: Try traps, barriers, fabric row covers and natural repellants before turning to pesticides.
- Review your practices: Your problem could be due to overwatering, incorrect mowing, improper pruning, or other easily correctable practices.
- Accept a little damage: Natural predators will often bring pests under control but they need time to work. Only about 5% of the bugs in your yard are pests. Good bugs help control small pests that will attack your plants and soil. Don’t spray at the first sign of damage
IT ALL ADDS UP:
Go natural! There are many non-chemical choices for preventing weeds and bugs. Learn more about healthy and low maintenance natural yard care.
Natural Yard Care resources – http://www.naturalyardcare.info