Whether you like it or not, the beautiful natural world is also a "dog eat dog" world where many different types of plants and animals need to "make a living". Sometimes, that living means that an animal, insect or disease organism wants to eat our beloved ornamental landscape plants.

At that point we have to make some decisions. Does the "pest" go? Does the plant go? Or, do we try to live in harmony and make the best of the situation for both?

In order to make wise decisions on what to do to optimize our enjoyment of our landscape, knowledge is key. Don't just jump into the fray and grab the spray can or jump away and give up on your precious plants. Learn as much as you can about the various options and try to figure out exactly what you will or will not tolerate in your garden. The decisions are all up to YOU.

Listed below are a variety of topics that we hope will help you to understand more about all of the options available to you for dealing with problems that crop up in your landscape.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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