Here are a few of the easy ways to apply IPM:
a) Learn which bugs are the ‘good bugs’ and allow them to stay in your garden; they'll eventually eat the ‘bad bugs’
- A few good bugs: red ladybugs, spiders, centipedes, earthworms
- A few ‘bad’ bugs: green ‘ladybugs’, aphids, most worms (except earthworms)
b) Invite birds into the garden; they’ll not only help pollinate your plants but they'll eat the insects. Bats eat insects too! And so do frogs!
c) Keep your plants healthy and strong so they can fight off pests on their own. See weeks 4, 5 & 6 for more information on this topic.
If you like more information check out these websites:
Univ. of California IPM website
Natural products for pest control
Or google "integrated pest management [name of your city or state]", e.g. integrated pest management arizona
Happy gardening and happy IPM'ing !
Click here for the 10 basic steps to Sustainable Landscape Design