Horticulture Blog

Integrated Pest Management – 17 April 2022

Recently I completed a certificate in Integrated Pest Management.

In summary, the main issues are:

  • we need to be aware of the vast range of beneficial insects
  • we need to be aware that there are beneficial predator insects available from a number of sources
  • chemical use may be possible but some products are available that may not damage the beneficial insects – or the introduced predators.
  • there are always a number of cultural practices that should be considered – these take into account specific circumstances, growing environments and the need to preserve populations of beneficial predator insects.

On the North Shore and Northern Suburbs – and indeed the whole of Sydney, there is a growing fashion of maintaining both native and European bees. This is expediating the urban desire to use alternative methods of garden pest and disease management.

 

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