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Week of May 13, 2021

Now that our gardens are in and the plants in our landscape are in full swing, here come the pests. You can control many pests without the use of harsh chemical sprays. Some ways to do this are to use row cover barriers like the Agribon AG15, which is lightweight enough to leave on your plants throughout the growing season. Another method of pest control is the use of  beneficial insects to combat pests, as long as the infestation is not too bad. Lacewings, fly parasites, trichogramma wasps, and predatory mites are just a few beneficial insects to choose from. You can even use something as simple as a strong spray of water to knock off and kill soft bodied pests like aphids. There are some other biological methods to control pests like mosquitos using a bacteria such as Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). So put away those harsh chemicals and Grow Organic...for Life!