Not So Fast with that Bug Spray!

I know garden pests can be scary, but slow down before you grab that spray bottle! Most pests can be handled easily with my simple 4 step system:

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  1. Prune away the damage

  2. Clear the area

  3. Add some compost

  4. Treat if necessary

Still need help? Check out my answers to frequently asked questions I get about garden pests.

Q: My zucchini patch has been attacked by aphids, what should I do?

A: Try steps 1-3 and additionally, spray with water. A strong stream helps knock them down without the use of chemicals.

Q: Any suggestions for 3-striped potato beetles?

A: Prune the lower leaves, check the base of the plant, and if necessary, use Monterey BT.

Q: I added straw mulch to my garden this year to help with soil moisture and weeds, could this be causing my pest issues?

A: Yes, I made that mistake too early on! Everyone has different experiences with straw in the garden but for me, it’s always been a hiding spot for pests.

Q: What do you mean when you say “clear the area”?

A: Essentially, clear the soil area around the affected plant. This helps you find the source of the issue and get rid of any pest hiding spots!

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Nicole Burke