Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The 6 east steps to integrated pest management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is one way you can protect your precious plants from potential perpetrators.  There are some basic steps you should be aware of as you begin to thwart off predators.

1. Very simply, walk around your property and carefully inspect plants and weed prone areas. Do this on a routine basis so suspicious circumstances are noticed quickly. Occasionally make rounds at night with a flashlight, since some pests seem to know when you won't be around. Use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at spots on leaves and tiny insects. If you're really diligent, record your observations in a notebook. Better yet, get the family involved an make it a game for the kids and have them do the recording! 

Some ideas of what to include: date, time of day, weather conditions, suspect description, and size/age/health of victimized plants. It might seem tedious, but it'll be extremely helpful when you can't remember which plant had spots last week. Were they really only dime-sized then? It may seem silly or a lot of work, but it really does pay off in the end.

I'll be going over steps 2-6 tomorrow and in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, 

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